DeMorgenzon does it again with a pair of trophies at IWC 2017

TWENTY-THREE gold medals to South African wines with seven beauties going on to win trophies at the 2017 International Wine Challenge in London. Some are recent vintages of wines with great track records, such as Cape Point’s flagship white blend, DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin, Bouchard Finlayson Pinot, Stellenrust Chenin and those champions from Paul Cluver and Saronsberg that feature regularly in the

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Top South African Chardonnay – Decanter Panel Tasting Results, UK

Full report here: Top South African Chardonnay – Decanter Panel Tasting 120 wines assessed: seven considered outstanding, 47 highly recommended. The judges: Masters of Wine Tim Atkin, John Hoskins and Greg Sherwood. Top-Scoring Chardonnays of the tasting: Ataraxia 2015 Kershaw 2014 Neil Ellis Whitehall 2015 Paul Cluver Estate 2015 Paul Cluver Seven Flags 2015 Rustenberg Stellenbosch 2015 Sutherland 2015 (Thelema)

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South Africa impresses at International Wine Challenge 2017, UK

Full Report: South African winemakers impress at International Wine Challenge 2017, producing 288 medal winners / The Digital Newsroom    

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Tough going for Cape wine cellars at Spanish edition of Mondial

OH DEAR! Ninety ‘grand golds’ go to wonderful wines from around the world at the 2017 edition of Concours Mondial, but none of them to South Africa – despite the entry of some vintages from Cape cellars that have built up some pretty solid reputations for their Cabernet, Shiraz, Pinotage and various red blends, for example. Nevertheless, 10 gold medals for

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Neil Ellis “the most exciting Cab in South Africa right now” – Winemag

INTERESTING results there were from the 2017 Winemag tasting of South African Cabernet Sauvignon. From a line-up of 65 Cabs that producers were invited to submit for assessment, panel chair Christian Eedes together with fellow judges Roland Peens and James Pietersen of Cape Town merchants Wine Cellar found 15 beauties they regarded as ‘excellent’ – but none great enough to warrant

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Results of Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017

Full Report: Results of the 2017 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Valladolid, Castilla y León, Spain    

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Winemag’s South African Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2017

Full Report: Winemag’s 2017 SA Cabernet Sauvignon Report sponsored by financial services company Prescient    

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SA wine grape harvest excels despite drought – Vinpro

Full Report: SA wine grape harvest excels despite drought – Vinpro    

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Big, bigger, better? Few top Cape cellars take large bottles to next level

WINE BOTTLE SIZES: HALF = 375ml STANDARD = 750ml MAGNUM = 1,5L JEROBOAM = 3L REHOBOAM = 4,5L / 5L METHUSELAH/IMPERIAL = 6L SALMANAZAR = 9L BALTHAZAR = 12L NEBUCHADNEZZAR = 15L MELCHIOR = 18L GOLIATH/PRIMAT = 27L THERE’S SOMETHING special about having a large bottle of wine on the table – something grand, pleasing on the eye. Plus, there are collectors who reason that wines aged in big bottles mature

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Top SA Wine Events in May include tasting at SA House, Trafalgar Square

FOR MORE info about what’s going down at the Top SA wine events in May, to buy tickets, et al, simply click on the name of the event below. For updates regarding May happenings, see here. And for a heads-up when it comes to forthcoming attractions later in the year or what events are taking place in particular towns and cities in 2017,

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National Wine Challenge honours some of South Africa’s top cellars …

IT’S REPORTED that there were over 500 entries in the 2017 edition of the National Wine Challenge, now in its seventh year as a competition that culminates with awards for the Top 100 entries from South African vintners and Grand Cru awards for the wines judged to be best in each class. The number of submissions is some way off the

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Bouchard Finlayson Pinot to the fore again – again with Tête de Cuvée

GOLD at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2016 and now gold at the 2017 Global Pinot Noir Masters judged primarily by Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers for The Drinks Business publication, also in the UK. Bouchard Finlayson’s 2013 Tête de Cuvée is proving to be as popular with the cognoscenti as the 2012 was a couple of

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Which SA wines boast best track records? Depends on who you ask!

FROM TIME to time Top Wine SA has fielded queries regarding how the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications compare with the South African Wine Index, which also has to do with good track records. For those who remain curious about the SAWi Wine Excellence Awards or how Top Wine SA’s selection of the country’s Top 100 and the Hall of Fame differ from

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Diemersdal and Steenberg lead SA charge at Mondial du Sauvignon

AT THE 2017 edition of Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in Bordeaux, France, 861 wines from 22 countries were scored by 65 judges from 17 countries over two days, with trophies awarded for eight wines and medals for 242 – 87 gold and 155 silver. Two of South Africa’s 45 Sauvignon Blanc entries – one from Diemersdal and another from Steenberg – won

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Commitment, talent, wine, top ratings, South Africa, Swartland, Sadie!

YET ANOTHER accolade for Swartland vigneron Eben Sadie on receiving the 2017 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award presented by The Institute of Masters of Wine and The Drinks Business publication in the UK is further affirmation of his talent and dedication. It also highlights one of the elite group of South Africa’s top wine producers who are proprietor, farmer and cellarmaster – all in one –

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Against the odds? Five Generations Cab one of South Africa’s very best!

THERE ARE PARTS of the South African winescape that for various reasons dominate particular categories. Sure there are exceptions to the rule(s), but Calitzdorp is the Port capital and the Breede River Valley districts of Breedekloof, Robertson and Worcester are where most of the fortified Muscat champions are based. The Cape’s best Pinot Noir tends to come from the Cape

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Another unwooded standout! Bon Courage Chardonnay shines in France

UNWOODED, unoaked, sans barrique… South African Chardonnay that hasn’t spent any time in a barrel is hardly a new phenomenon, but the numbers are growing and the quality is on the rise. It’s a great option for wine lovers who can’t stomach wooded whites, some seek it out because it presents an opportunity to enjoy the varietal character in its purist

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Growing in sex appeal? Cab Franc tasting yields 14 gold medallists

NOT THAT long ago, a Bordeaux-style blend from the Helderberg in Stellenbosch called Cordoba Crescendo, made by Chris Keet, stood out as a Cape red with something of a cult status. Contrary to the majority of combos in this category dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Crescendo had Cabernet Franc playing the leading role. The brand is no more – a

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South Africa’s top wine shops online, on shelf, on price, on service, et al

THERE ARE plenty of wine shops with an online presence delivering South African vino to most corners of the country and around the world, but who’s doing the best job, how to weigh them up against one another, where to go for that elusive beauty or special bargain from the Cape? A survey of which stores offer a good number of the

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Brand marketing part and parcel of Cape Wine Auction, Franschhoek

“IN A SPECTACULAR show of generosity and opulence…” the 2017 Cape Wine Auction set a new record for the annual fund-raising effort by generating R22.3 million for 22 charities that focus on education and the lives of children in the winelands of South Africa. This year the bidding took place at Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek, where estate owner Johann

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