SOME SUPERB AND VARIED WINES IMPORTED BY RECIPROCAL INCLUDING A BOTTLE OF CHATEAU D’ YQUEM!

Like much wine producing country’s SA wine drinkers generally do not drink enough foreign wines. We tend to think our wines are good enough and few consumers are interested in foreign wines. This is rather sad as firstly, we are… Continue reading

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WINE CONCEPTS SEDUCTIVE SAUVIGNON FESTIVAL- EVEN BETTER THAN LAST YEAR!

Wine Concepts, the quality wine retailers in Cape Town, held their annual Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon festival at the Vineyard Hotel on the 26th of September. Last year there were some excellent Sauvignon Blanc’s with the key notes being… Continue reading

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NITIDA MAINTAINS ITS MOMENTUM WITH ITS CORONATA INTEGRATION 2013 – GREAT WITH OYSTERS!

Think SA wines today and you think Sauvignon Blanc. SA has in my mind equalled New Zealand in the quality of our Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, I think that we sometimes even surpass them in terms of the fact that,… Continue reading

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HERMANUSPIETERSFONTEIN SOMETHING DIFFERENT

A friend and I were going out for dinner to the Ocean Basket. What would go well with a nice grilled sole? So I pulled out a bottle of Hermanuspietersfontein Sauvignon Blanc No 3 2006 from my extensive cellar. Too… Continue reading

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A FRIENDS LATE FATHER’S CELLAR REVEALS SOME SURPRISING ELECTIC GEMS AND OLD TREASURERS

When my old school mate Warren Wilensky asked me to have a look at his late father’s cellar he was very upset. His brothers had written it off saying that it was too old and the wines were past it.… Continue reading

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THELEMA STILL MAKING FINE, DISTINCTIVE WINE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

The Mint A few months back a friend of my mine pulled out a bottle of Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 1995. It was earthy and sensuous with fine tannins and an even intensity and concentration on the… Continue reading

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SHANNON SUBLIME WINES FROM THE ELGIN VALLEY

Macushla Like may new discoveries of fine vineyards my road to Damascus as concerns Shannon came with their 2008 Mount Bullet. Five stars in John Platter the wine spoke for itself. Opulent, rich, perfumed and still… Continue reading

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KANONKOP AFFIRMS ITS STATUS AS A FIRST GROWTH RED WINE PRODUCER

The term first growth is a French term applied primarily in Bordeaux to its top niche producers. In South Africa, the term is not so clear. But certain top Cape producers such as Rustenberg, Meerlust and Kanonkop qualify for the… Continue reading

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WINE CONCEPTS SUDDUCTIVE SAUVIGNON FESTIVAL LOTS OF GOOSBERRIES AND BLACK CURRENTS

  Iona Wine Concepts annual Sauvignon festival at the elegant Vineyard Hotel is always a treat. Wine Concepts, the local Cape Town wine retailers are an excellent source of quality wines in good condition and they… Continue reading

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MULLINEUX PART OF THE SWARTLAND WINE RENAISANCE

Mullineux Straw Much talk has been made of the search in SA for cooler wine regions. This search began with Hamilton Russell in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and then subsequently Elgin and the very Southern Cape Agulhas.… Continue reading

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