KWV Brandies strike gold at ISC 2022

KWV Brandies strike gold at ISC 2022

    The KWV range of brandies has long been a favourite with brandy lovers with something to fit all tastes and, very importantly, pockets. Ranging from a delicious 3-year-old to a sensational 20-year-old, here is brandy heaven. The quality of their brandies has been...

La Motte releases Pierneef 2021 Sauvignon Blanc

La Motte releases Pierneef 2021 Sauvignon Blanc

    When it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, there are many who decry its merits. Nevertheless, it is still SA's most popular white wine. I love it, especially when it comes from a superb estate.like La Motte. Their recently released 2021 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc...

Tokara brings home 2nd London Gold for superb XO Brandy

Tokara brings home 2nd London Gold for superb XO Brandy

  When it comes to world class brandy the words TIME and WOOD add immeasurably to the cost. They also add to what makes the brandy magnificent. Every year that the brandy lies in barrels some of it evaporates --that is the Angel’s Share--and this intensification...

Steenberg launches brilliant new Five Lives Red Blend

Steenberg launches brilliant new Five Lives Red Blend

    Steenberg Vineyards have released a delicious new Bordeaux-style red blend in recognition of the life-long resilience and courage of their pioneering 17th century founder, Catharina Ras.   The wine, called Five Lives Red Blend 2019, embraces the...

SA Sauvignon Blancs triumph at Concours Mondiale

SA Sauvignon Blancs triumph at Concours Mondiale

  South African Sauvignon Blanc proved its excellence once again as one of the top five countries by number of medals at the largest and most significant international competition entirely dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc, the 2022 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon....

Survivor Wines shine brightly at Mundus Vini Grand Awards

Survivor Wines shine brightly at Mundus Vini Grand Awards

  The MUNDUS VINI Grand International Wine Awards are regarded as one of the most influential international competitions, receiving more than 11 000 wines from across the world each year. The international jury of experts awarded 43 Grand Gold, 1 685 Gold and 1...

Delicious plum recipes –Nature’s Bounty

Delicious plum recipes –Nature’s Bounty

With autumn climes beginning to waft in, it is time to make the most of the last plums of the season and showcase their sweet, juicy goodness in comforting autumnal desserts. We love plums and they are abundant right now so why not try these two fabulous recipes--easy...

Diemersdal 2022 Sauvignon Blanc a cracker!

Diemersdal 2022 Sauvignon Blanc a cracker!

I hate to tell you, but I seldom look at the vintage of the white wine I am drinking. A friend brought a Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc to the house for supper which I found totally delicious—fresh as a newborn day, very upfront with plenty of fruit to make you sit up and...

A winner from Land’s End–Syrah 2018

A winner from Land’s End–Syrah 2018

Its no-good saying that awards and medals in wine don’t mean a thing. They do. As in all things in life we measure ourselves against our peers—apples for apples. The consumer is heavily influenced by the fact that a wine has won multiple awards and will tend to go...

Leopard’s Leap Special Edition Boxed Chenin a revelation

Leopard’s Leap Special Edition Boxed Chenin a revelation

  As far as I am concerned box wine, or as it is sometimes called “bag in the box” wine, has been getting a bad rap. One of the soubriquets by which it is called in SA we definitely cannot use here, but other catchy names are Chateau Neuf Du Papsak and Chateau...

Survivor Sauvignon Blanc 2021 entices

Survivor Sauvignon Blanc 2021 entices

  This time of the year in the Cape it is very much harvest time. Farms are either furiously doing it, talking about it, or planning for it. The air is filled with the aroma of crushed grapes and there is a definite frisson in the air. One of the great things for...

Alcohol free February? Try these unusual cocktails

Alcohol free February? Try these unusual cocktails

With many alcohol-free alternatives to choose from, making it through a summer braai doesn’t have to be boring or force you to drink soda water from a wine glass. While that may trick your brain into believing you’re drinking the real thing why not be creative. Gin...

Today’s wine–Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose Cap Classique

Today’s wine–Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose Cap Classique

  Halfway up the mountains that overlook the spectacular Franschhoek Valley you will find Haute Cabriere, the home of the von Arnim family. Their bubbles are called Pierre Jourdan, with quite a few different styles, ranging from Brut to the sweeter varieties...

Today’s wine-Weltevrede Place of Rocks Chardonnay

Today’s wine-Weltevrede Place of Rocks Chardonnay

  One of the very best from one of the masters of Chardonnay, Philip Jonker, this is such an exceptional example of its type that you will never forget it once it has passed your lips.  It is made from very old vines which cling to the rocks as if they have no...

Land’s End Sauvignon Blancs-a revelation

Land’s End Sauvignon Blancs-a revelation

  It shouldn’t seem so strange that brilliant wines are being made so far south in our country. While vines were planted more than 100 years ago in this area, wine making was not encouraged, possibly because of religious sensibilities, possibly just because of a...

KWV Roodeberg 1949 excels at Decanter

KWV Roodeberg 1949 excels at Decanter

  As someone who remembers when the only place you get the fabulous KWV Roodeberg wine was on SAA international, I follow its progress avidly. Delighted to report that the commemorative Roodeberg 1949 red blend has been selected as one of Decanter’s 2022 Wines of...

A wine tasting at Darling Cellars–total pleasure

A wine tasting at Darling Cellars–total pleasure

  If you haven’t been up the West Coast lately, you should, you really should. Go to Darling , home of SA’s most famous white woman, Evita Bezuidenhout, and head straight for Darling Cellars, darling,  for a wine tasting of note.   This dynamic co op with 23...

Loxtonia releases their World Champion MT Cider

Loxtonia releases their World Champion MT Cider

This is the week for unusual ideas—this one is a fabulous bubbly made from apple cider. Not only that-- it is a world champion –nog! Loxtonia, the family owned cidery in the Ceres Valley, has released its award winning Méthode Traditionelle Cider crowned overall...