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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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Durbanville not the only place they make good SA Sauvignon – far from it!

“THE SAUVIGNON Blanc Interest Group of South Africa (SBIG) fosters excellence in making and marketing South African Sauvignon Blanc locally and internationally… The annual FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition was started in 2007 to promote innovation and excellence in the category and reward those making wines of true distinction.” So how did things pan out in the 2017 taste-off?

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SA Winery of the Year, SA Winemaker of the Year… Spoilt for choice

WITH JUST weeks to go until the end of 2016, the spotlight shone on a few of the Cape’s top wineries and winemakers more brightly than usual. Shiraz/Chenin specialist Andrea Mullineux of Riebeek Kasteel in the Swartland, previously of California, was pronounced Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine in the USA. Nederburg of Paarl won the IWSC trophy for South African Wine Producer

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Rosé Rocks again in 2016 with a host of varieties, sparkling and non

THERE HAVE been leading Cap Classique sparkling wine houses fielding good Rosé for some time now, whereas there still aren’t many of South Africa’s very best red or white wine cellars that produce Rosé or Blanc de Noir or Blush without a bubble – and those that do seem to dabble in it occasionally rather than commit in a serious fashion year

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DeMorgenzon and Kleine Zalze among standouts in Chenin Challenge

THE WINNERS of the 2016 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge include five of the top wines in the SA Chenin Classification based on track records spanning the past 10 years. Of these beauties, two stand out as the country’s most successful Chenins on local and international podiums this year: DeMorgenzon Reserve 2015 and Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2015, with the KZ also

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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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Best Value Chenin – top-rated Chenin Blanc under R50, under R100

AT UNDER R50 a bottle, South Africa’s top Chenin Blancs in 2015 include several classified wines, namely Alvi’s Drift ADS from Worcester, Simonsig of Stellenbosch and Windmeul from Paarl. Stretch to R100 a bottle, and your options expand to encompass the Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection, one of the Top 10 Chenin Blancs in the country on the basis of great track

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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 best white at Mondial, Italy

ONE OF THE things that differentiates the international wine competition Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is that also its held in a different country every year. Although the organisers are based in Brussels, Belgium, the 22nd edition of the event was held in Jesolo, Italy – Jesolo being a beach resort near Venice. And among the most remarkable outcomes of Mondial 2015

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Strong suits, trump cards… Chenin Blanc Top 10 hot on the heels of Pinotage Top 10 as leading SA wine ambassadors

THE LATEST round of awards for SA white wines at the inaugural Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge again raises the issue of what South Africa hangs or should hang its hat on – in other words, what the industry’s strong suits or trump cards are. Certainly there’s a case to be made for Chenin, and if Chenin is to

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Second labels, second- and third-tier wines, bargains from South Africa’s top cellars for a lot less than the champs

SOMETIMES it’s simply about achieving as good as it gets on a smaller budget. Sometimes it’s a way of handling the left-overs or dealing with what’s declassified after bottling the really good stuff. But, it should go without saying that the second- or third-tier wines from the country’s premier producers are usually worth experimenting with if not already well renowned

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South Africa’s top Chenin Blanc ratings in 2013, plus the best Chenin Blanc at under R50 – the experts’ choice

GRAHAM BECK, Kleine Zalze, Rijk’s, Sadie, Stellenrust and Windmeul top the list of contenders for South Africa’s champion Chenin Blanc producer for 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN CHENIN BLANC RATINGS IN 2013 Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

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South Africa’s top Sauvignon Blanc ratings in 2013 and best Sauvignon Blanc at under R50 – experts’ choice

CAPE POINT, Cederberg, Diemersdal, Graham Beck, Kleine Zalze, KWV, Quoin Rock, Reyneke and Shannon top the list of contenders for South Africa’s champion Sauvignon Blanc producer for 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN SAUVIGNON BLANC RATINGS IN 2013 Alexanderfontein Chip off The Old

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Kleine Zalze heads up SA champions at Syrah du Monde

SYRAH du Monde is held in May every year at Château d’Ampuis in the northern Rhône, France. A taste-off involving some of the world’s best Shiraz, it’s a respected international competition which in 2013 involved 423 wines from 28 countries. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded, with much praise heaped on the Top 10. This year five South African

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Very best value SA Chardonnay at under R80pb in 2012

GREAT BUYS for the festive season… Chardonnay from South Africa that has been highly recommended by one or more of the expert tasting panels around the world this year AND which costs less than R80 a bottle – with prices given ex-cellar, or approximate retail if the cellar is closed to the public: BERGSIG 2010 – R66 BOLAND CELLAR Reserve No 1 2010

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Sensational Sauvignon Blanc – the best reviews in 2012

STAND-OUT Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, the best reviews of the year from around the world for a wine’s that’s particularly popular when it comes to summertime entertainment, lunching and dining outdoors – and with more than a couple of top accolades for Buitenverwachting, Diemersdal, Kleine Zalze and Lomond: Bloemendal 2012 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards Boschendal Reserve Collection 2012 – gold

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South Africa’s top Cabernet in 2012 – the experts’ choice

THE STAND-OUT Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa, the best reviews of the year – from particularly good value wines including Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection, Dieu Donné and Tokara, to Cabs made at the Cederberg Private Cellar and Stark-Condé in the Jonkershoek Valley that have come under the spotlight again and again and again: Cederberg 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection Cederberg Five Generations

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Top 10 SA Chardonnay wines at under R70 per bottle

GREAT VALUE Chardonnays – South African wines selling for less than R70 a bottle that have been recommended by one or more of the top tasting panels around the world during the past 18 months. Prices given in SA rand – ex-cellar, or approximate retail in cases where the winery is closed to the public. At R33pb – Drostdy-Hof Chardonnay 2010

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Nine wonderful whites that hit the spot again and again

The homestead at Vergelegen, Somerset West WHEN WINES are applauded by not one but a whole lot of top tasting panels around the world, you can be extra sure that there’s something extra special about them. See below for a select group of white wines that includes the 2008 white blend made by Andre van Rensburg at Anglo American’s Vergelegen

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Kleine Zalze Chenin always hits the spot

I confess! Come lunchtime on a sunny day outdoors, you’ll often find a bottle of Kleine Zalze Chenin in our ice-bucket. Stylish fruit is what does it for me, I guess – and this isn’t their flagship I’m talking about, but the most affordable at around R30 a bottle. Sure there are finer wines, but better value-for-money? And a quaffing red

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