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Top 10 places to wine and dine on Cape wine farms – among the vines

According to the critics who wined and dined unannounced and paid for their meals before the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards were presented, the following are the best restaurants in the winelands of South Africa, i.e. on the farms, among the vines, rather than on the high streets or back roads of the towns and villages that punctuate the Cape winelands. The emphasis

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IWSC crowns Kanonkop… but talk about leapfrogging to the podium

TROPHY WINNERS: • Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Merlot 2014 (Bergkelder) • Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2015 • Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2013 • Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 • Plaisir de Merle Grand Brut 2014 (Cap Classique Sparkling) • Stellenrust Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2016 ABOVE ARE the names of the most successful South African entries at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit

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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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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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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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Unwooded Chardonnay now commonplace in South Africa with increasing number of leading cellars stepping up to the plate

MANY WINE lovers can remember when not that long ago most of the big-name Chardonnays from the top white wine cellars in South Africa (and elsewhere) smacked of oak. Heavily wooded Chardonnay became a turn-off, and an increasing number of both casual as well as serious wine consumers preferred wines that hadn’t seen the inside of a barrel when it comes

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Born in the vineyard but conceived in the boardroom… KWV ends 2014 on top following rave reviews for Mentors

REFLECTING on the past year as regards Wine SA, there is a case to be made for Paarl being home to the champion producer in 2014 after KWV triumphed as the most successful entrant overall at the most prestigious competitions on the South African wine calendar – first at the Trophy Wine Show (for the second time) and then at the Veritas

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Stellenbosch pulls ahead of Franschhoek in battle for status of SA winelands gourmet capital – that’s according to the 2015 editions of the leading restaurant guides

THE RESTAURANT critics are largely in agreement… The top dining venue in South Africa for 2014 is The Test Kitchen at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, with Luke Dale-Roberts the chef-owner and Wayve Kolevsohn the somellier: third Restaurant of the Year accolade at the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes Benz Awards, 5 Stars at the 2014 Rossouw’s Diners Club Awards, one

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Charcuterie, cheese, good bread and more at the Jordan Bakery – casual alternative to classy restaurant next door

THE BAKERY at Jordan affords visitors to the estate in Stellenbosch Kloof an opportunity to wine and snack on a deck under the trees just below and to the side of the highly rated Jordan Restaurant… Upstairs is one of the Top 10 kitchens in the country where patrons indulge in fine dining and pay the price that comes with

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Stark-Condé takes top trophy at 2013 Trophy Wine Show

The Three Pines vineyard at Stark-Condé, Jonkershoek Valley  STARK-CONDÉ WINES in the Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch was the Most Successful Producer at the 2013 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, followed by the cellars of KWV, Delaire Graff, Rustenberg, Cederberg, Rijk’s, Jordan, Diemersfontein, Eikendal, Hillcrest and Simonsig. And just as interesting as the latest reviews regarding some of South Africa’s top quality

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Best Riesling – unusual delights from top Cape cellars

IT SEEMS LIKE only yesterday that you could count the number of South Africa’s good Rieslings on a few fingers and that the labels of these wines were so much more confusing than they are today. Shame on the producers – including Theuniskraal and Van Loveren – who persist in calling wines what they’re not, namely ‘Cape Riesling’ instead of

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Experts’ choice: South Africa’s top Chardonnay in 2012

THE STAND-OUT Chardonnays from South Africa, the best reviews of the year – from particularly good value wines courtesy of Durbanville Hills and Douglas Green Bellingham to beauties from De Wetshof, Hamilton Russell, Jordan, Mulderbosch, Paul Cluver, Sumaridge, Tokara, Uva Mira and others that have wowed the critics again and again: Almenkerk 2011 – gold medal at Decanter Awards, 4½ Stars in Christian Eedes

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And the title of SA Chardonnay Champ for 2012 goes to…

Jordan, Stellenbosch: one of South Africa’s very best wine estates, especially for whites Jordan Wine Estate is the leading contender for the title of this year’s SA Chardonnay Champion. As one of the Top 10 White Wine Cellars in South Africa and one of the country’s Top 20 Cellars Overall, Jordan also fields good Chenin, Sauvignon, Riesling as well red and dessert

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IWSC judges battle to separate best wines in the world

THERE WERE FEW surprises among the top performers at the 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. What takes a bit of getting used to, however, is the organisers differentiating between “outstanding” gold and silver medal winners on one hand and other gold and silver medal winners on the other. If they’re wrestling with trophy, gold, silver and bronze

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