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David Bristow: The cottages at Beaumont Wines

On moving to the Cape around three decades ago, having explored most of the mountains of the region, what next gave me unlimited pleasure was spending weekends in the winelands. Lucky for me I was married (back then) to someone in the wine business so the world was a Champagne swilled oyster. These days it [...]

April 24, 2015
by David Bristow
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Val de Vie Seventeen Eighty Three 2009

Call me cynical but a wine from Paarl lifestyle estate Val de Vie with former Olympic gold medalist Ryk Neethling as frontman and its Champagne-sponsored polo events doesn’t immediately inspire confidence. However, when after a bottle of the 2009 vintage Rhône-style red blend called Seventeen Eighty Three (supposedly after the year the property was first [...]

April 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Stellenrust 49 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013

The Stellenrust standard label Chenin Blanc 2014 placed among the winners of the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge last year but what of the Super Premium 49 Barrel Fermented 2013? The changing number on the label indicates vine age and the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation, this taking seven months to finish, the wine [...]

April 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2012

Stuart Botha, winemaker at Eagles’ Nest in Constantia, says his Shiraz 2012 is the best wine he’s ever made and given his fine track record with the variety, his comment does heighten expectations just a little. Because of Eagles’ Nest’s location in relatively maritime Constantia, you might be inclined to expect the Shiraz to be [...]

April 23, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments

B Vintners Haarlem to Hope 2014

B Vintners which is the joint venture between Bruwer Raats of Raats Family wines and cousin Gavin Bruwer which sees them using fruit sourced exclusively from Stellenbosch and after reviewing the dry Muscat d’Alexandrie 2014 under this label back in March (see here), yesterday I got the chance to look at the rest of the [...]

April 23, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Backsberg wins big at the The Drinks Business Green Awards

It was announced in London last night that Michael Back, owner of Paarl winery Backsberg, has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Green Awards convened by UK liquor trade magazine The Drinks Business while the property itself won the Amorim Sustainability Award – Backsberg became the first carbon neutral winery in South Africa [...]

April 22, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Marthèlize Tredoux: Decanting dilemmas

A recent discussion on this site’s comment section brought up another chestnut of the wine world: decanting. It was nothing new: heartfelt support versus moderate skepticism. It dawned on me that I didn’t really have an opinion either way and concluded that would not be an acceptable state of being, so I looked into the [...]

April 22, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 4 Comments

Teubes Family Wines Sauvingon Blanc 2014

Ever come across something from Teubes Family Wines? Browsing the shelves of Liquor City Claremont, I came across the Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (price: R126.45 a bottle), the wine certified Wine of Origin Olifants River and according to the little map on the back label of, the cellar situated near the West Coast town of Vredendal, [...]

April 22, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment
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