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De Grendel Shiraz 2013

De Grendel Shiraz is a wine that should be on every pizzeria wine list around the country. I’ve liked it ever since the 2010 got gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and the 2013 doesn’t disappoint. It’s a combination of pretty much equal parts Durbanville, Paarl and Stellenbosch grapes and it [...]

May 22, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Axe Hill Cape Vintage Port 2006

If I’ve been asked once, I’ve been asked a thousand times: “I’m a proud father! What wine can I buy of birthyear to serve at offspring’s 21st birthday?” And my answer always is Calitzdorp Port-style wines (and Bredell’s when that cellar was still in business). On a whim, I opened a bottle of Axe Hill [...]

May 21, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Marthèlize Tredoux: The “supertaster” phenomenon

The global wine industry is expected to be worth around $303 billion by 2016. The global restaurant industry is forecast to reach a value of $2.1 trillion this year. A dizzying amount of money. Both industries built almost exclusively on a single sense: taste. The sense of taste is a remarkable one, arguably the most [...]

May 20, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Mullineux Syrah 2013

The new-wave Syrahs from the Swartland seem particularly changeable in the bottle and perhaps I will come to love the 2013 vintage from Mullineux but I’m a bit underwhelmed by it at the moment. The nose is pretty enough with notes of purple flowers and white pepper but the palate does not provide quite the [...]

May 20, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2014

Is there anybody to touch Chris and Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards when it comes to wine quality right now? Admittedly, they benefit from the pioneering work of Eben Sadie and viticulturist Rosa Kruger when it comes to conserving our best old vineyards and they don’t make very much of their top cuvées but what [...]

May 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 8 Comments

Tim James: Describing character trumps scoring

Seems to be wine competition season again – which I’m not involved in, beyond curmudgeonly comment from the sidelines – but also looming is the task of tasting for the 2016 Platter’s Guide, in which I am involved. That’s a rather different process, but sharing the tricky job of rating wines. The 100-point system is [...]

May 18, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Zhong Cuisine – restaurant review

Cheap sushi is a deeply dangerous global abomination. Most of the inexpensive sushi served in South Africa is a rolling insult to Japanese culinary culture. All those subtle, true and clean, complementary flavours that one ought to find are generally replaced with technically clumsy, clangingly unrefined tastes and textures. I have an Italian chef friend [...]

May 18, 2015
by Anna Trapido
with 0 Comments

Rhône blends vs Syrah in SA

How do SA’s Rhône-inspired blends stack up next to straight Shiraz? To make the best wines we possibly can in South Africa, we have to blend. Only in continental climates can mono-varietals make for complete wines – take Pinot Noir in Burgundy Riesling in Germany. As soon as you’re in a warmer Mediterranean or maritime [...]

May 18, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments
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Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 and now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with South African wine.
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