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Bergsig Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

Bergsig is another of the nine Breedekloof wineries which have committed to the so-called Chenin Blanc Initiative aimed at uplifting the image of district. Grapes come from a vineyard approximately 24 years old, natural ferment and matured for some eight months in 300-litre French oak barrels, 90% new. It’s a provocative wine. Some will no [...]

July 28, 2015
by Christian
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The RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2015: Call for submissions

Announcing the third annual White Hot Wine Awards featuring Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends, convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by RisCura, a global financial services provider. A tasting is proposed to identify the best in the country and producers are invited to submit. Conditions of participation are: 1) wines submitted must be current release or soon to [...]

July 27, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: SA legends vs the world

A most remarkable tasting was held in Cape Town last Friday evening. Some 15 people paid quite a bit of money to sit down at a table at Aubergine restaurant and work though five pairs of wines – one South African and one foreign in each pair. The oldest two wines were from 1948, the [...]

July 27, 2015
by Tim James
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Breëland Chenin Blanc Royal 2014

How to lose the image of being an area capable only of commodity wine? Breedekloof recently launched the Chenin Blanc Initiative, which sees nine wineries in the district launching examples of Chenin Blanc from the 2014 vintage positioned very much as fine wines. Opstal is one of those involved and this producer must have provided [...]

July 27, 2015
by Christian
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Restaurant review: African Swiss Restaurant

As temperatures drop and immune systems buckle into sore throat season, food that soothes and insulates seems increasingly appealing. At such times, there is nothing nicer than scooping up soft, bubbly cheese with hunks of crisp-crusted bread. It is not just the taste and texture of a cheese fondue that appeals. There is emotional warmth [...]

July 27, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel 2013

Muscadel from Northern Cape producer Orange River Cellars has been there or there abouts for a while now – near-desert-like conditions offset by irrigation from that river tends to full and delicious ripeness in the wines. The 2012 vintage of the Red won the trophy for best in category at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine [...]

July 26, 2015
by Christian
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Silwervis 2014

Charging R275 a bottle might not be a lot in an international context but it’s still ambitious by local standards, especially if it’s for a single-variety Cinsaut but that’s precisely what Ryan Mostert has done with his Silwervis 2014. Is it worth the money? The aromatics are very floral with notes of red geranium and [...]

July 23, 2015
by Christian
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Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc 2011

The Five Generations Chenin Blanc from Cederberg Private Cellar is nothing if not carefully crafted. Barrel fermented and matured for 11 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, a third each first-, second- and third-fill, the final wine including a 6% unwooded portion from the 2012 and 14% Viognier. On the nose, lemon and peach, honeysuckle, [...]

July 23, 2015
by Christian
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