It’s all about the oak!

One of the first things that comes to mind when a consumer envisions a winery is a huge stack of barrels. The amazing smell of wine-soaked oak with its toasty, warm wood scent is intoxicating. As a winemaker, I never get tired of it. It always smells good assuming that the winery is taking proper ca …

Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay 2019 – Take summer with you!

The latest release of Middelvlei’s popular, unwooded Chardonnay, the Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay 2019, is the perfect wine to enjoy during the warm summer days. And the fact that winemaker Tinnie Momberg regards it as one of his favourites, should make it a must-have for the season of sunshine! Th …

KWV’s Centenary, the rare and once-off limited connoisseur brandy, received a near-perfect score of 99/100 in the latest Platter’s by Diners Club South Africa Wine Guide making it the highest-rated product in the 2020 wine guide. Platter’s is one of South Africa’s longest standing wine guides and hi …

Die sterre wink weer eens vir Anthonij Rupert Wyne!

Anthonij Rupert Wyne naby Franschhoek het twee vyfstergraderings ontvang vir wyne in die landgoed se veelbekroonde portefeulje. Die Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2013 en die Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif 2016 het dié eer te beurt geval in die jongste uitgawe van die gesaghebbende en internasio …

Six glasses for the wine buff!

Just like coffee always tastes rounder when served in thick-rimmed diner mugs, wine gets a boost from the serving vessel too. It’s true, matching glassware to your wine does improve the flavour! Of course, it’s possible to totally geek out on this subject. Be warned though, you might end up in a dar …

Cederberg flies SA flag at CSWWC awards

South Africa’s best sparkling wine for 2019 is Cederberg’s Blanc de Blancs 2014! The results of the 2019 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships were announced in London where a record-breaking number of awards were presented. A total of 41 trophies were presented from the Best in Class w …

Dis die wyn vir romanse, vir vakansie, vir ontspan en vir uitspan. Dis rosé, en Gabriëlskloof naby Botrivier vier vanjaar die tiende oesjaar van sy gewilde Rosebud Rosé. Die Gabriëlskloof Rosebud Rosé 2019 flankeer met die tong, nes die koel seebriese wat die wingerde afkoel. “Die 2019- Rosebud Rosé …

The secret’s out, Bolivia produces exciting wines!

Facing the titans of Argentina, Brazil and Chile, Bolivia undoubtedly has a battle on its hands when it comes to export markets, but to be fair, wine has only been produced in Bolivia for 400 years or so! Almost all of Bolivia’s vineyards are located between 1 600 and 3 000 metres above sea level. I …

Van Loveren flying high after award-winning spree!

A raft of accolades for Van Loveren’s winemaking team has re-affirmed the inherent quality of this Robertson-based winery’s vineyards and its unwavering dedication to quality in the cellar. Within the past few weeks, when the year’s leading wine championships traditionally culminate, Van Loveren has …