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The Old Vine Series Kokerboom 2013

Kokerboom 2013 is part of Eben Sadie’s acclaimed The Old Vine Series and when I came across a bottle at Wine Concepts on Kloof for R245 a bottle back in December, there wasn’t much deliberation prior to purchase. From Olifantsrivier vineyards planted in the 1930s, both the white-berried and the red-berried form of the Semillon [...]

January 29, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

David Cope: On wine and music

One of the hardest things about running a wine bar is finding good music to play. A good bar needs music as much as it needs wine, unless you’re going for the silent church of wine appreciation vibe, which doesn’t sound very fun. You need to fill a shift of seven to nine hours daily [...]

January 28, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Botanica Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc 2013

Will Skurfberg and Chenin Blanc become to us what Montrachet and Chardonnay is to Burgundy? Ginny Povall of Botanica Wines is one of those producers that sources grapes from this site near Clanwilliam and her resulting wine is a category benchmark. The current-release 2013 (Wine Cellar price: R185 a bottle) is very good but probably [...]

January 28, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

David Clarke: On wine listing fees

“The strong do what they can and the weak suffer as they must” wrote Thucydides, Athenian historian, philosopher and general, who lived between 460 and 395 BC. Welcome to the world of listing fees for restaurant wine lists. Ever wondered why so many wine lists in South African restaurants have the same generic and uninteresting [...]

January 28, 2015
by David Clarke
with 17 Comments

Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2007

I’m a big fan of the Shiraz from Constantia property Eagles’ Nest and after the 2007 vintage won the trophy for best Shiraz at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2009, I bought a case which I’ve been carefully nursing ever since. It was matured in 50% new French oak, causing Tim James to [...]

January 27, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

SA-based Cathy Marston wins WSET Educator of the Year 2014

Cathy Marston, owner of the Cape Town-based International Wine Education Centre (IWEC) has been named Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s Educator of the Year 2014. The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is the largest wine education provider in the world, operating in 62 countries via a network of more than 600 approved education programme [...]

January 27, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 7 Comments

Recipe: Country chicken with tomatoes and olives

Chicken is an undemanding meat, requiring only that you choose plump, flavoursome, juicy-fleshed, free-range birds rather than their battery-reared, intensely farmed, meagre-flavoured cousins which do little to nourish your soul. At least free-range chickens have done a little scavenging for their food, which is exactly as nature intended. There’s a robust summery feel to this [...]

January 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2013

I thought Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Klein Constantia was one of the very best of the vintage, a particularly statuesque rendition of the variety. What of the recently-released 2013 (R215 a bottle from Wine Cellar)? Grapes come from a select group of vineyards some 200 meters above sea level, the name Perdeblokke coming from [...]

January 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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