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Corks popping big time in Paarl following another rave review for Anura

113 ENTRIES, 93 laureates, 36 bronze medallists, 47 silvers and 11 gold medal winners. Only 11 duds. What a fantastic hit rate! And the grand champion at the 2016 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge from Paarl: Anura Brut 2011 – R180 a bottle from the tasting room at the farm in the foothills of the Simonsberg. Anura Vineyards might not immediately spring

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Best value red blends – lots to choose from at under R100 a bottle

THE RED BLENDS from South Africa’s winelands that were the subject of good reviews in 2015 include plenty to choose from at under R100 a bottle. At under R50 there are fun labels such as Balance (depicted by an elephant on a stool) from Worcester’s Overhex, wines with a story behind them such as Sixpence of Opstal, Rawsonville, as well less frivolous

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Plenty of Sauvignon Blancs under R100 received good reviews in 2015

THERE IS PLENTY on offer in the way of good South African Sauvignon Blanc at under R100 a bottle – including quite a number of wines with good track records over the past 10 years. At under R50 a bottle, Merwida has been building a good repution, and for a few more greenbacks you can get some of the Top 20

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South Africa’s amphibian wine route stretches from Cape Point to Tulbagh – fun or serious, fortified or au naturel

FROGS AND TOADS, creatures belonging to the class of tailless amphibians collectively referred to as Anura, an order of which there are countless families… Who would have thought that these guys had anything to do with wine! In America, however, oenophiles are familiar with the Frog’s Leap Winery in California, also home to Frolicking Frog, Toad Hollow and Toasted Toad

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KWV comes up with another winning Cape Blend – and Viljoensdrift offers tremendous value at R40 a bottle

R40 A BOTTLE for one of the Cape’s top red blends! What a come-on line for the guys at Viljoensdrift alongside the Breede River in Robertson following the inclusion of their River Grandeur Cape Blend 2011 among the Top 5 in the Pinotage Association’s 2013 Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition. The Viljoens’ farm is renowned for the wine-tasting-cum-picnic experience aboard their

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Only one Stellenbosch producer among 2013 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition winners – a turn-up for the books

NOTABLE ABSENTEES among the laureates in the latest shoot-out organised by South Africa’s Pinotage Association include Beyerskloof, DeWaal, Spier and Stellenzicht… Familiar faces at the podium this year included Anura, Fairview, Kanonkop, KWV, L’Avenir, Lyngrove, Môreson, Rijk’s, Simonsig and Windmeul… And the surprise newcomer among the Top 10 was Black Elephant Vintners, a Franschhoek producer making its debut with a wine called

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