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De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012

There were 25 examples of Shiraz/Syrah nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2015 and it fell to Grape.co.za founder Tim James, sommelier-at-large Higgo Jacobs and me tasting blind to either endorse these or not. Wine assessment is often humbling and particularly so in this instance. Out of the five wines we as a trio anointed [...]

November 21, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments

Spioenkop 1900 Pinotage 2013

Spioenkop, tended by Belgian couple Koen and Hannelore Roose, is one of the newer Elgin properties – own vineyards established in 2008 and first bottlings (featuring bought-in fruit) in 2010. Roose brings a particular aesthetic to bear on his wines so that even when they are not entirely successful, they are still fascinating. All the [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Lomond SMV 2013

Gansbaai property Lomond recently released the maiden 2013 vintage of a Rhône-inspired blend consisting of 72% Shiraz, 12% Mourvèdre and 6% Viognier (approximate retail price: R115 a bottle). The nose shows top notes of flowers and fynbos to go with red fruit and spice while the palate is medium bodied with zippy acidity and tannins [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Kyoto Garden Sushi – restaurant review

Kyoto Garden Sushi has been having a good month. Four weeks ago it was rated five stars by Rossouw’s South African Restaurant Guide. This week, Eat Out voted Kyoto Garden SA’s Top Asian restaurant. Not bad for a gently-lit restaurant in a side street with a vibe that tends to quiet, not grandiosity. The sign [...]

November 20, 2014
by Daisy Jones
with 0 Comments

Moderation required in the closure debate

The cork vs screwcap debate is in danger of becoming too polarised. During the recent Elgin White Wine Retrospective, a workshop convened by the Elgin Valley Wine Guild to analyse strengths and weaknesses of members’ current-release wines, there were two incidents which again illustrated that deciding on the most appropriate closure is no easy matter. [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

[spasie] – restaurant review

I’ve never thought much of long-table restaurants. Nor am I a fan of drinking wine out of tumblers. Innovative, hipster, trendy… whatever you want to call either fad, I prefer the privacy of a table for two, the absence of small talk and the elegance of long-stemmed glassware. Then I heard of [spasie]. I was [...]

November 20, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
with 0 Comments

Morgenster Italian Collection Nabucco 2012

Do the great Italian varieties travel? That’s the question Morgenster in Somerset West are seeking to address in the ongoing experiment that is the Italian Collection, the 2012s being the sixth release of these wines. Morgenster Italian Collection Tosca 2012 Price: R209 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. A savoury overlay on top of [...]

November 18, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2014 – three SA wines

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took three places in 2014: 29. Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2012 – Score: 93 63. Buitenverwachting Sauvignon [...]

November 17, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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