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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THE 2013 CAPE WINEMAKERS GUILD SHOWCASED SOME REAL GEMS

Arriving at the 2013 Cape Winemakers Guild I had high expectations. Last year’s Guild offerings produced some real stunners. I was not disappointed. Listed below are some of the wines that really impressed me. There were so many fine wines… Continue reading

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HIGH CONSTANTIA COMPLEX, STYLISH WINES WITH AN OLD WORLD FEEL

My first contact with the fine High Constantia wines came when I bought a bottle of their sparkling Clos Andre MMC 2005. I was very impressed with this Champagne method wine full of toast and brioche and so I started… Continue reading

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Carolines Wine Review 2013 showed wines of a high quality with some real stunners

It is not easy to successfully sell imported wines in South Africa and Caroline Fines has for a long time been one of the few to pull off this feat. But her review on the 31 first of July at… Continue reading

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NITIDA WINES OF INTENSE, FRESH FLAVOURS AND EASY DRINKING

Traveling to Nitida in the Durbanville Hills on a lovely, summery winter’s day for a media tasting I felt full of excitement and expectation. I had already tasted the Nitida Coronata Integration 2012 which hugely impressed me. Their pungent Sauvignon… Continue reading

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Paul Cluver with elegant, aromatic wines shows Elgin stamp

Driving over the Sir Lowry’s pass on the way to Paul Cluver in Elgin in heavy rain, my ears began to pop from the altitude. A sign read 450 meters. Reaching Paul Cluver the temperature gauge in the car read… Continue reading

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NEDERBURG SHOWS THAT IT CAN PRODUCE WINES OF VERSATILITY, INDIVIDUALITY AND POWER

Nederburg long time large producer in Paarl with a name synonymous with quality and high volumes established far back in 1792 with a first bottling ca 1940 has long been in a major player in the South African wine industry.… Continue reading

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SOME FINE SA WINES TASTED PLUS TWO OUSTANDING AUSTRALIAN WINES

Tasting wines with close friends can be great fun and very informative especially when they bring along the odd jem. Drinking wine at the Hussar Grill in Cape Town, a great local Cape Town steak house a friend and I… Continue reading

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RUSTENBERG MAINTAINS IT POSITION AS OF THE CAPE’S FIRST GROWTHS AND TOP PRODUCERS

Five Soldiers Ambling into the Rustenberg plush and state of the art tasting room the first sense one gets is a feeling of quality and tradition. For long an ardent fan and follower of Rustenberg my… Continue reading

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Nitida leads the way with its crowning Coronata Integration 2012

Durbanville has developed a reputation for its Sauvignon Blanc. Think Durbanville and Sauvignon Blanc immediately stems to mind. With Sauvignon Blanc being such a successful variety in South Africa different regions and sub wards has lent their own specific identity… Continue reading

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