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Marthélize Tredoux: The future of Pinotage?

Pinotage. The very mention strikes fear (or a dollop of disdain) into the hearts of many. And that’s a massive problem. No other varietal has stirred the level of controversy that Pinotage does in the local wine industry. Not even the Chenin Blanc epic – from lonely, shunned Steen to present-day darling of the wine [...]

July 2, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Remhoogte Reserve Honeybunch Chenin Blanc 2012

The whole concept of site really should be leveraged more by the local wine industry and one idea I’ve had towards this end is to get an estate agency like Pam Golding or Seeff to sponsor a competition dedicated to wines made from registered single vineyards. After all, whether it’s wine or property, it all [...]

July 2, 2015
by Christian
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David Bristow: In search of winter fortification

This is the time when snow lies scattered across the high ground of South Africa – like clothes strewn across the floor of a teenager’s bedroom. While not exactly the Alps, for a nation that does not much do central heating the next best thing to a brandy-bearing dog is a jug of fortified wine. [...]

July 1, 2015
by Christian
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Oldenburg Vineyards Syrah 2012

The Syrah 2012 from Stellenbosch property Oldenburg Vineyards received a gold medal as well as being judged the best example from South Africa at the recent International Wine Challenge. High-profile UK wine critic Tim Atkin is co-chairman of this competition and he insists that gold is equivalent to at least 95 on the 100-point scale [...]

July 1, 2015
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Lauréat 2012

Although the faux Petrus label will always get me, the 2012 vintage of Zonnebloem Lauréat is actually pretty decent stuff. It’s a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot plus an unconventional 5% Shiraz and 5% Mourvèdre; maturation lasted 14 months in French and Hungarian oak, a combination of first- and [...]

July 1, 2015
by Christian
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Landau du Val Semillon 2013

“The only thing older than Basil Landau in Franschhoek are his vines,” says Ludwig Maske of La Cotte Inn, the town’s renowned wine and cheese shop. Landau, now 85, and wife Jane bought Landau du Val in 1986, plantings on the property including a 5ha block of Semillon planted in 1905. Yesterday was the launch [...]

June 30, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Young guns, old hands and Uva Mira

I daresay I’m as much to blame as anyone for encouraging skewed perspectives, but I hope I show, in my more sober moments, that I realise that the new and path-breaking achievements are not the only valuable developments in Cape wine. If you don’t realise this, if you continually search for “young guns” to shoot [...]

June 29, 2015
by Tim James
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KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010

Yesterday a bottle of Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010 from KWV. It was one of my top 12 wines of 2011 and it seems it’s only getting better in bottle. First, a remark about the colour which is still remarkably youthful being pale yellow with a green tinge. As for aromas and flavours, it showed citrus, [...]

June 29, 2015
by Christian
with 0 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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