{news} Fat Bastard Chardonnay is a top scorer!

The results of the inaugural Best Value Chardonnay Tasting convened by Winemag.co.za have been announced, with the FAT bastard Chardonnay 2018 top scoring with 90 points. Seeking to find the best examples of Chardonnay between the R60 and R100 price points, the wines were tasted blind by Winemag.co.za’s suitably qualified panel consisting of Joanne Gibson,…

{news} Vriesenhof Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre

Some of the world’s finest wines are blends made from different grape varieties, as this allows the winemaker the opportunity to make a wine that brings the best elements of each together in one bottle, such as Vriesenhof’s GSM. The ‘GSM’ blend, made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (GSM), is a classic from the Côtes…

{news} Survivor wins top Pinotage at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2017, a new addition to this unbridled Swartland wine range, has triumphed as the top Pinotage at the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Winning the Trophy and a Gold medal for the Best Pinotage of the competition, the limited edition Survivor wine was one of 54 Pinotages entered this year. “We…

{news} International Drink Chenin Day with Welgegund Heritage Wines

The sixth annual International #DrinkChenin Day is taking place on Saturday 15th June 2019 – a very special day to celebrate all there is to love about this popular and versatile white wine. To read my review on Welgegund Heritage wines, click here! Welgegund Heritage Wines invite you to explore the delights of their barrel-fermented,…

{eat} Putting seasonality at the reigns at Cavalli Estate

A visit to the Stellenbosch winelands always fills me with such joy. But recently, after years of Sunday afternoon drives through the vineyards and always ending up at the same places, I’ve been craving something new. Something different; something exciting. Something that will simply take my breath away. Recently, I found that on top of…

{wine tasting} Steenberg Wine Estate

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the little place I call home, lies the centuries-old farm of Steenberg Wine Estate. Set in one of the most beautiful corners of Cape Town, Steenberg reaps the benefits of being surrounded by mountains, vineyards and the ocean. I recently visited the farm for a wine tasting…

{news} Flagstone Two Roads Chardonnay

Such is the popularity of Chardonnay that for a great many people, meeting for a glass of wine means meeting for Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a relatively neutral grape with a flexible character, it derives the bulk of its flavours from terroir, where it reflects the growing conditions with terrific fidelity, and barrelling, where it’s intrinsic…

{news} Celebrate Chardonnay with Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and its associated terroir has consistently proven itself as one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations. It is therefore fitting that Bouchard Finlayson takes the lead in showcasing its delicious vintages as part of International Chardonnay Day on 23 May 2019. The Chardonnay grape variety originated in Burgundy (France), but today…

{news} Winter warmers at Cavalli Estate

Five years after opening to the public, Cavalli Estate in the Stellenbosch winelands has evolved into a versatile lifestyle destination deftly combining food, wine and art. ‘Cavalli’ may be the Italian word for ‘horses’, but this stylish winelands estate offers so much more than the world-class equestrian facilities that grace the long driveway leading into…

{wine} Come play with Vriesenhof’s unwooded Chardonnay!

You’re part of the ABC club or you’re not. Oh, and that’s the “Anything but Chardonnay” movement, if you didn’t know. I was TODAY years old when I learnt about the ABC club, by the way. Luckily for Vriesenhof Vineyards, though, I’m a die-hard fan of Chardonnay and theirs is particularly poetic. Introduction I want…

{news} Glenelly unveils 2013 vintages

Glenelly, the Stellenbosch wine estate with a French touch, located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg, have released the 2013 vintages of their flagship Lady May Cabernet Sauvignon and their Estate Reserve Signature Red Blend. “We are very excited about our 2013 releases. After the 2012 vintage which was very hot, delivering big robust…

{news} Journey’s End rebrands its range of wines

Journey’s End Vineyards (situated on the mountain slopes above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village near Somerset West), one of South Africa’s most sustainable and experimental wineries, is revamping its range of wines to give clear differentiation between its three series – Tales, V and Precision – while maintaining a consistent theme across the family of wines….