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Niche, obscure, extraordinary varieties… ‘Unusuals’ well worth exploring

THERE ARE good reasons why Cabernet and Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc have come to be the most widely planted grape varieties in many wine-producing countries around the world. But of course, there are exceptions to the rule, unusual delights ranging from national and regional specialities to niche cultivars that many wine lovers might not have

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Synonymous with Pinotage, Lanzerac’s Pionier among the best in 2017

THE STORY of how Pinotage came to be is well documented by the producers’ association, and there are eight names in the South African winelands associated with the establishment of the cultivar that remain classified as champions of the variety: KWV (of Paarl), DeWaal, Lanzerac, Kanonkop, Simonsig, Delheim and Spier (all of Stellenbosch), as well as Groot Constantia. Of these,

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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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L’Avenir Pinotage bags another trophy – this time at 2016 Absa Top 10

THE PINOTAGE Association made much of Kanonkop’s and Rijk’s achievements at the 2016 Absa Top 10 awards where they both won trophies for the 11th time in the 20-year history of the event – iconic track records for sure, albeit that the Kanonkop 2010 was ‘sold out’ ex-cellar and the Rijk’s Reserve 2013 had yet to be released at the time of writing. However, two

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Another win for Calitzdorp Port as Axe Hill triumphs at CAPPA Challenge

THE STRING of Boplaas victories in South Africa’s annual CAPPA Port Challenge has been broken. However, Calitzdorp wineries’ ‘stranglehold’ on this championship staged by the Cape Port Producers Association remains firm! Following wins for Carel Nel and his Calitzdorp family’s Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve and Cape Tawny wines in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the 2016 SA Port Challenge trophy went to Mike

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Roussanne gaining traction as Cape vintners dabble with novelties

OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM as regards the great white wines of South Africa, there are three varieties that have been grabbing a little more attention in recent years by way of good to very good reviews for small bottlings from some of the best winemakers in the Cape. Roussanne, Verdelho and Grenache Blanc are the names of the grapes, which locally remain obscure

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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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KWV Abraham Perold Tributum out in front among leading Cape Blends

YOU COULD be forgiven for wondering whether Perold Tributum’s success at the Pinotage Association’s Perold Absa Cape Blend competition was stage-managed, engineered… However, the KWV flagship has also got the nod at Veritas, the International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Wine Challenge, the Decanter World Wine Awards, etc, etc. So nothing untoward! The producers’ association holds the view that a Cape Blend should include

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DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin wins third trophy of the year at 2015 Top 10 Challenge

A CLASSIC Wine Trophy in the first quarter of the year, a trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London during the second quarter and then selection among the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 in the third… It’s a wonder that the 2014 DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc hadn’t already sold out by the time the Chenin Blanc Association’s latest awards

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Top seeds aplenty among Top 20, Top 12 and Top 4 at Shiraz SA Challenge 2015

THERE WERE 202 entries in the latest Challenge staged by Shiraz SA – 162 single-varietal wines and 40 Shiraz-based blends. TOP 12 SINGLE-VARIETAL WINES IN SHIRAZ SA CHALLENGE 2015 Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2013 – Franschhoek Cederberg Shiraz 2013 Christina van Loveren Shiraz 2013 – Robertson Driehoek Shiraz 2012 – Cederberg Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2012 – Constantia Fairview

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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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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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Whale of a wine has folk reaching for map books as KWV, Mulderbosch and Mt Sutherland come top at OMTWS 2014

PROBABLY the biggest surprise at the 2014 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was the revelation that award-winning wine is now also being made in the vicinity of Riversdale, where vineyards were nowhere to be seen prior to 2009. While the 2013 Baleia Bay Chardonnay that earned the trophy for ‘Discovery of the Show’ (best-value gold medallist) can be bought just off the

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Delicious desserts and fantastic value-for-money! Badsberg among South Africa’s most consistently good Muscadels

THERE ARE THOSE that can be too spirity, over the top, but the leading examples are quite wonderful among the dessert wine offerings of the Cape. At their best, the fortified red and white Muscadels and Jerepigos made from Muscat grape varieties – typically d’Alexandrie or de Frontignan – show complexity and alluring sweetness without being cloying. And generally speaking, they’re

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Top-priced bottles from South Africa’s Top 100 Cellars – the ultra-premium luxuries

WHAT LEADS TO a wine being positioned as ultra-premium price-wise could be a rarity factor coupled with consumer/collector demand, the investment that’s gone into the maturation/ageing of the product, brand value, perhaps simply the cellar’s wish to offer a statement wine demanding attention even when or precisely because it’s beyond the realm of affordability for many folks. Invariably though –

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South Africa’s top niche wine ratings in 2013 – the best Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Semillon, Viognier and more

RAATS and Warwick continue to impress in South Africa’s Cab Franc class but the competition is mounting. There’s a lot more to the choice of good SA Semillon and interesting Viognier these days. And if there’s one South African brand that has stood out for good reviews in more categories than any other range in 2013, it’s The Mentors from

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South Africa’s top Pinotage ratings in 2013 as well as the best Pinotage at under R100 a bottle – experts’ choice

BEYERSKLOOF, Kanonkop, KWV, L’Avenir and Rijk’s top the list of contenders for Champion Pinotage Producer in 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months: TOP PINOTAGE RATINGS IN 2013 Anura Reserve 2011 – Top 10 in Top 10 Pinotage Competition, Double Gold Medal at Michelangelo Awards Beyerskloof Diesel 2010 –

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South Africa’s top Shiraz / Syrah ratings in 2013, plus the best Shiraz at under R100 a bottle – the experts’ choice

TOP SA SHIRAZ in 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN SHIRAZ RATINGS IN 2013 Asara 2010 – Gold Medal at Trophy Wine Show Boekenhoutskloof 2003 – 5 Stars in Christian Eedes Report Boekenhoutskloof 2011 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide Boschendal Reserve Collection 2011 – Trophy at

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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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South Africa’s top Chardonnay ratings in 2013, plus the best SA Chardonnay at under R80 – the experts’ choice

GROOT Constantia, Hamilton Russell, KWV The Mentors, Paul Cluver and Rustenberg Five Soldiers top the list of contenders for South Africa’s champion Chardonnay of the year 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 CHARDONNAY RATINGS IN 2013 Bartinney 2012 – 4½ Stars, Classic

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