{news} Durbanville Wine Valley triumphs at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

The inimitable excellence of wines from Durbanville has been re-affirmed following a remarkable performance by wine route members at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (OMTWS). Taking top honours at the event – one of the industry’s most authoritative challenges – Durbanville claimed no less than four trophies including Most Successful Producer Overall.   “This…

{news} Lovin’ dry Rosé? Choose Nederburg!

Refreshing, crisp and zippy with an invigorating dry taste, Nederburg’s Grenache Carignan Rosé 2020 takes South African blush wines to a new level of sophistication. Just the right choice to celebrate International Rosé Day on 25 June!  No longer burdened with a perceived gender bias, rosé is enjoyed equally by men and women across the…

{news} Survivor champions Swartland Chenin Blanc

Survivor, the unbridled range of terroir driven wines inspired by the indigenous Nguni, is a proud champion of Swartland Chenin Blanc, with two thoroughbred renditions of this South African signature grape variety. Survivor Chenin Blanc 2020 and the limited release Survivor Bushvine Chenin Blanc Reserve 2019 showcase the best of what the hardy Swartland can…

{sparkling} Timed to perfection: 50 years of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel

I feel quite sheepish to admit that I’ve never tasted Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel, the absolute alpha and omega of South African Cap Classique. Having said that, this gap in my internal wine library was recently filled by being invited to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with two sparkling new releases. Introduction My wine career…

{wine}{recipe} Zandvliet’s Shiraz 2017 and a cheat’s sausage pie

When you combine my most beloved winelands district with my most beloved red wine varietal, you get the Zandvliet Shiraz 2017 from Robertson, a gratifyingly rich and complex wine. Add glassesful to a hearty ostrich sausage pie and you’ve unlocked the direct path to most people’s hearts. Introduction I’ve never been quiet about my love…

{news} Stellenbosch Hills unveils second vintage of Kastanjeberg Chenin

The exciting second vintage of a limited-edition Stellenbosch wine only made in years of exceptional harvests has just been released. The Sense of Place Kastanjeberg 2020 is the flagship wooded, single vineyard Chenin Blanc made by Stellenbosch Hills. The new addition has the hallmarks of an award-winning wine and bears the gravitas and poise that,…