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Tim James: Does wine feature in the perfect mustard?

I can’t be alone in never having (till recently, that is) wondered about the etymological and historical connection between “mustard” and “must”: on the one hand the condiment that comes in a variety of guises, and on the other the freshly pressed juice, skins, stalks etc produced in the first stage of vinification. I discovered [...]

March 2, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013

It recently emerged that James Molesworth of US publication Wine Spectator had scored the Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 from Stellenbosch property DeMorgenzon 94 on the 100-point scale, which caused me to re-look the wine. The last time I tasted it was in July last year and I found it rather shut down. Some time in [...]

February 27, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

David Cope: How to name a wine

You’re a winemaker. Now let’s say you’ve made something good. In fact, it’s a cracker. You’ve found some undiscovered vineyard and coaxed it into glory. You’ve harvested the fruit and watched as it developed into something special in the winery. Now all you’ve got to do is come up with a suitable name. Oh, and [...]

February 26, 2015
by David Cope
with 1 Comment

Pro Amico 2010

According to Platter’s, Nietgegund is owned by former lawyer Jan Dreyer, the Pro Amico being the wine from this Stellenbosch property. Marius Malan made the 2010 as a consultant although Ronell Wiid, who also does work for Bartinney, has subsequently taken over. In the case of the 2010, this is a blend of 90% Merlot [...]

February 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Mimosa Hess Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013

I’ve never eaten at Mimosa Lodge in Montagu where Swiss-born chef-patron Bernhard Hess presides but the prospect of a bottle of Mimosa Hess Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 (R120 a bottle) with some good grub is an enticing one. Hess makes wines under the Mimosa label together with Lourens van der Westhuizen of Arendsig and the [...]

February 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Springfontein Eats – restaurant review

There is a photograph of Springfontein Eats chef Jürgen Schneider on the wine farm’s website. He is wearing wellie boots, jeans, a sweatshirt – and a toothy grin. Schneider is holding a big knife and a tub of freshly-cut veg. He’s wearing the same sweatshirt and the same toothy grin in another photo. In this [...]

February 26, 2015
by Daisy Jones
with 0 Comments

Restless River Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley property Restless River is getting all the right attention at the moment – 4½ Stars for both the Chardonnay 2012 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 in the current edition of Platter’s and a glowing review on Grape.co.za (see here). Are they destined for cult status? My feeling is that the Chardonnay still has [...]

February 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Marthèlize Tredoux: Who drinks wine?

Serious question. Who drinks wine? And why should we care? To be fair, it’s a complex question. I consulted the oracle of Google and came across surprisingly few straightforward answers. Those I did find were excruciatingly dry and eye-wateringly boring: market studies, analysis of market studies, and summaries of analysis of market studies. Useful information, [...]

February 25, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments
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