The Blend from Robertson delivers flavour in spades

The Blend from Robertson delivers flavour in spades

The brand that emanated from a small town on the longest wine route in the world, Robertson Winery, has turned 80. In celebration of this significant milestone, the company has released The Blend, a wonderful example of wine from the valley best known for its horses,...

Two unique Boplaas Wines Selected for CWG Auction

Two unique Boplaas Wines Selected for CWG Auction

    Boplaas has again been selected to feature among the line-up at the exclusive Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) Auction over the weekend of September 30, with no less than two wines among just over 50 selected for inclusion. All wines in the showcase are rare and...

A new era for Somerset West’s Morgenster

A new era for Somerset West’s Morgenster

    With the passing of the legendary Giulio Bertrand, one had to wonder what was the future for his equally legendary estate Morgenster  in Somerset West. Over the past two years, behind closed cellar doors and in the historic Manor House, the Morgenster...

Veritas results eagerly awaited after tastings completed

Veritas results eagerly awaited after tastings completed

Some of the best taste buds in the country have been busy tasting hundreds of wines in 21 categories for this year’s Veritas Awards.  The awards are now in their 31st year and very important in setting benchmarks for the industry.   The tastings concluded on the 16th...

ABSA Top 10 and Vintage Pinotage winners 2022

ABSA Top 10 and Vintage Pinotage winners 2022

  Pinotage--the uniquely SA grape--is a cross between the robust Cinsault (known as Hermitage in SA then) and the finicky Pinot Noir grape. One would have thought that it would have inherited the best of both parents. But as is so often the case this is not so....

The delights of Chenin revealed at Perdeberg Paarl

The delights of Chenin revealed at Perdeberg Paarl

  Chenin Blanc (also called Steen in SA) is the Madonna of the wine industry, continually proving that it can be all things to all people, and reinventing itself at the snap of a finger. Almost 19% of South Africa’s vineyards is planted with Chenin Blanc vines,...

Spectacular Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2019 released

Spectacular Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2019 released

  Every now and then you drink a wine that reaffirms what the Greeks used to think—the gods are drinking this! Such a wine is the spectacular Paul Sauer from Kanonkop. An annual highlight in the South African wine calendar, the new release of Kanonkop Estate’s...

La Motte releases brilliant 2019 Bordeaux style Millenium

La Motte releases brilliant 2019 Bordeaux style Millenium

  While France swelters in one of the hottest summers on record—41 degrees in the Languedoc—and while we luxuriate  in the pleasures of a Cape winter and the best red wines in the world right on our doorstep now is the time for the release of La Motte’s 2019...

Robertson’s magnificent Chardonnays

Robertson’s magnificent Chardonnays

    A well-known SA wine writer recently published a piece referring to “the stigma attached to the Robertson Valley” which totally floored me. Am I missing something here? Robertson has some of the finest wine makers in the country. Think of places like De...

Paul Cluver cleans up at Wine Awards here and in London

Paul Cluver cleans up at Wine Awards here and in London

  At the top of the mountains above False Bay lies an enchanted valley--strange but true—a valley so high up one can almost feel part of nature at its best. The Elgin Valley has been home to the Cluver family for many years and has been turning out fabulous wines...

Roodeberg Classic Red now in special presentation pack

Roodeberg Classic Red now in special presentation pack

  In the "old" days , whenever we travelled internationally , we couldn't wait to get on the SAA 747 to order a glass of iconic Roodeberg, which at that time was not available in SA, so precious was it. Now the legendary red blend that has stood the test of time...

National Wine Challenge 2022 Champions

National Wine Challenge 2022 Champions

    Boplaas Family Vineyards is back in the limelight for the outstanding quality of its wines after being named one of the top producers at the authoritative National Wine Challenge. For receiving Double Platinum at the show, no less than two of its wines...

Nederburg launches fabulous Double Barrel Red Blend.

Nederburg launches fabulous Double Barrel Red Blend.

When the people at Nederburg launch a new red wine they aren’t kidding around. Makers of some of the finest red wines in SA—indeed in the world—it is always an event. The newest creation was launched at a spectacular lunch under the venerable oaks in front of their...

Vergelegen welcomes the Quagga Project

Vergelegen welcomes the Quagga Project

Visitors to Vergelegen wine estate might think they’ve tasted a little too much of its delightful wine when they spot a zebra sub-species that was hunted to extinction about 150 years ago. Their eyes aren’t deceiving them, however, as this Somerset West estate, which...

Choosing the right Chenin just got easier

Choosing the right Chenin just got easier

      You know that feeling--when you are choosing a Chenin to go with the Thai curry you are having for supper? What does it taste like? Will it pair well? Worry no longer. The Chenin Blanc Association has a plan to grow Chenin’s popularity and...