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Good wines will be appreciated even when ‘Palates under Pressure’

No Hein, no! You don’t give yourself or your wines enough credit! Leopard’s Leap represents good value relative to a lot of the stuff on-shelf, with La Motte’s finest regarded by plenty as pretty impressive. Many wine lovers would argue with you: luck has little to do with it; your farm’s good reputation is well-earned. And we bet you have

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And to think that I used to shy away from pink – unless it was sparkling

THERE WERE 161 entries in the 2017 edition of Rosé Rocks – 128 still and 33 sparkling Cap Classique. According to the competition chairman, Cape Wine Master Allan Mullins: “The quality of rosé wine being produced in South Africa is on par with the best that Spain and France produce!” And we’ve seen some consistency from top producers of the drier styles

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Two trophies for Neil Ellis Pinotage at 21st edition of Absa Top 10

THE 2017 ABSA Top 10 Pinotage competition culminated with the presentation of trophies to winning wine producers at Cavalli estate outside Somerset West. The event commemorated 21 years of the Pinotage Association’s competition that contributes to setting benchmarks as regards South Africa’s most successful ‘indigenous’ variety. There were 147 entries and the laureates were applauded as fine ambassadors of Wine

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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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SA wine industry’s Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group chooses 10 from 169

THE WINNERS of the 2016 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition organised by the South African wine industry’s Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG) are from producers in Durbanville (2), Elgin, Hermanus, Noordhoek, Rawsonvile, Somerset West and Stellenbosch (3). Producers of the runners-up are located in Bamboes Bay, Constantia (Tokai), Durbanville (2), Elgin (2) and Stellenbosch (4). Among the Top 10 stand-outs, Cape Point

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Boschendal and Goedverwacht among THE best value laureates at Veritas

IF THERE WAS a trophy presented at the Veritas Awards for best value-for-money offered by the highest-scoring wines, the winner in 2016 would probably have been Boschendal for The Pavillion Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, expected to sell for R55 a bottle from the cellar on the outskirts of Franschhoek and under R50 in the supermarkets. Its main rivals for the title would have

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Pedigreed wines prevail in 2016 Perold championship for Cape Blends

ENTRIES in the Perold Cape Blend Competition are required to have Pinotage as a leading component – a minimum of 30% but no more than 70%. According to Pinotage Association chairman Beyers Truter: “When the Absa Perold Cape Blend competition was initiated in 2011, the aim was to promote a category that would yield bold, vibrant wines truly representative of South

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Big guns to the fore in countdown to Pinotage Association Top 10

PERHAPS THE most surprising inclusion among the 20 finalists in the run-up to the 2016 Absa Top 10 Pinotage awards is Oupa Bull Reserve 2015. Paarl visitors might have come across the humble farm De Zoete Inval where fifth-generation winemaker John Robert Frater and the team replanted in 2005 and feel that the vines are “now old enough to realise their

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2016 Sommeliers Selection recommends top winelist to suit most palates

THE SECOND annual Sommeliers Selection was announced with little fanfare – the names of the ‘listed wines’ only posted some days after the private awards function and various questions remaining unanswered at the time of writing. Nevertheless, the competition is interesting as regards the unique nature of the event and the calibre of entries. The judges are all members of the South

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DeMorgenzon stars for the Cape at Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

OF THE 16 000 entries for the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards in London, 31 were deemed worthy of ‘Platinum – Best in Show’ (previously referred to as ‘International Trophies’), one of which was DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015 from Stellenbosch Kloof, which a month earlier won a trophy at the International Wine Challenge. There were five other Platinum Awards that went

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Cape Blend and Chardonnay South Africa’s brightest stars at Mondial

THE GREAT value of Kleine Zalze‘s Cellar Selection range was highlighted yet again with the announcement of the 2016 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles competition results in which the Stellenbosch winery’s 2015 unwooded Chardonnay at just R52 a bottle from the farm earned one of the three ‘grand gold’ medals awarded to South African wines – the others being a 2015

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Kleine Zalze carries flag for SA Chardonnay in the heart of Burgundy

AT THE 2016 Chardonnay du Monde held at Château des Ravatys of the Pasteur Institute at Saint Lager in the Burgundy region of France, 15 South African wines placed among the 259 wines to win a medal. Of the 782 entries from over 30 countries around the world, Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay from the 2015 vintage was the only SA representative included among

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Ten South African Sauvignon Blancs get the judges smiling in Spain

THOUGH denied a trophy, three of South Africa’s classified Sauvignon Blancs triumphed with gold medals and another five were among seven SA silver medallists at the international 2016 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon taste-off hosted in Tordesillas, Spain. Leading the medal charge for the Cape were Ghost Corner 2015 from David Nieuwoudt’s cellar in the Cederberg using grapes from Cape Agulhas, one

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Plenty of good cellars, top wine ratings aplenty… The best will out!

IT HAPPENS at least once a year that a few wine producers and/or critics whinge on one or other topic relating to wine ratings and awards: about the pros and cons of ‘sighted’ versus ‘blind’ tastings (with or without the labels in view); or the merits and demerits of wines being reviewed by an individual critic versus a panel of

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2015 Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition winners give cause for contemplation

THE WINNING wines in South Africa’s 2015 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition do not include any that were made at cellars in Darling, Durbanville, Cape Agulhas or the Cape Peninsula – some of the areas renowned for quality, interesting wines in this class. However they do include the Cederberg Private Cellar and Stellenbosch stalwarts Kleine Zalze and Tokara (using Elgin grapes) and Nederburg of Paarl

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KWV, Eagles’ Nest, Kanonkop and Rustenberg among stand-outs at Veritas 2015

KWV was by far the most successful producer overall at the 2015 Veritas Awards, with double gold medals awarded for their leading Cape Blend, Abraham Perold Tributum 2013, their Tawny port and four wines in The Mentors range – plus eight gold medals presented for various other reds, whites and fortified wines in the KWV portfolio. Nederburg and Spier were also very

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Kanonkop, Jordan, Cluver and Forrester among stellar performers at IWSC 2015

THE GOOD people of Kanonkop on the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch regularly mention that doing well in competitions is not of prime concern… Yet the estate and/or their agents continue to enter various vintages in various taste-offs and they continue to shine with their Pinotage, their Bordeaux-style red blend Paul Sauer, their Cabernet. And it can be frustrating, albeit understandable, when the award winners are ‘sold out’ at

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Eagles’ Nest Shiraz destined for Hall of Fame following first place at Michelangelo

THE 2015 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards attracted 1665 entries from 364 producers for assessment by panels comprising judges from around the world. Seventeen specialists from 15 countries deliberated over six days in choosing the various class winners, trophy laureates and recipients of platinum, double gold, gold and silver medals. Platinum denotes a score of 96 or more out of 100, with

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Top 100 SA wines in 2014 – South Africa’s most consistently good wines over the past 10 years (best track records)

THERE’S BEEN much talk again of late about the Top 100 SA Wines and The Cape’s Top 20 Wineries of 2014 – the chatter about South Africa’s Top 100 wines prompted by a selection of various vintages of various types of wine based on the outcome of a local challenge involving some 490 competition entries, and the debate as to the country’s

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Glen Carlou shines in 2012 ‘Classic’ wine competition

Glen Carlou of Paarl was an icon wine property in the hands of Walter and David Finlayson (now focusing on Edgebaston in Stellenbosch) and that it’s still among South Africa’s leading producers was highlighted by the French-palate judges at the 2012 Classic Wine Trophy competition. One of only three cellars to scoop more than a single gold medal at the

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