Winemag.co.za has just released its fourth annual Signature Red Blend Report, the aim of the exercise being to reward winemakers who are prepared to try something a little different, wines included “distinctive of their originators”. To elaborate, we see no reason why South African winemakers should be bound solely by the Bordeaux model when it comes to creating great blended red wine. Perhaps the Rhône is a better reference point given local growing conditions while the so-called “Cape Blend” incorporating Pinotage potentially gives us a unique selling proposition. Then, of course, there are the red blends of yesteryear – Alto Rouge, [...]
Seeking to find the best examples of Shiraz between the R60 and R120 price points, the wines were tasted blind by our three judges: Joanne Gibson, Ndaba Dube and Trizanne Barnard with scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Shiraz is something of a chameleon grape, capable of producing wines ranging from fairly light and fresh (even austere) to rich and ripe (even jammy). Producers often claim that their use of the name ‘Syrah’ indicates wines made in the more elegant ‘Rhone’ style rather than the blockbuster ‘Aussie’ style, but this is definitely not always the case. Generally speaking, though, [...]
Team Africa Le Mans was the first African team to take part in the iconic event. Alongside promoting African motor racing and engineering the aim was to raise awareness of Pangolin poaching, a cause the Ichikowitz Family Foundation is working hard to combat.
Team Africa is delighted to announce that it has been able to secure an entry into the prestigious Le Mans weekend. Greg Mills will be sharing a twin-turbo Bentley GT3 with the former F1 driver and Le Mans veteran Jan Lammers, who famously won the 24-hour race in 1988 for Jaguar, and has finished in nearly every one of the top-ten places in his distinguished career, certainly a good person to have on your side. As with Team Africa’s previous foreign forays, the team is reliant on a South African and Kenyan crew under the captaincy of former African rally champion [...]
One week to go … explore the wine workshops – Sabrage, Salt and French Champagne! Press release published by Juliet Cullinan 28 May 2019 A celebration of wine magnificence, Summer Place in Sandton becomes the meeting point of creators and collectors for the 29th Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival on 4 & 5 June. Sponsored by Standard bank for 19 years, the event is regarded as the most prestigious wine showcase in South Africa, set apart by its outstanding level of wines and wineries from several vintages and regions. It’s big enough to offer an interesting array of wines, yet [...]
Bruce Jack and Marlize Beyers, winemaker at The Drift Estate, toast to a lively 2019 harvest It’s the bitterly cold February of 1819. A Burgundian farmer called Jacques rubs his gloved hands together and walks briskly into the freezing wind. His woollen scarf covers his generous nose, smelling comfortingly of wood smoke. Once in his favourite Pinot Noir vineyard he cuts canes from pre-marked vines. These were selected during the previous growing season for their strength and balanced internode length. They will become the vines of a new vineyard he plants in the field alongside, just over the snow-covered country lane. [...]
This is the first episode from the 'Not the winemaker' podcast series on Listen to your Grapes. Bruce Jack will introduce you to a multitude of fascinating people connected to the world of wine. None of them, however, are winemakers. First to the starting line is, local CapeTalk radio host, John Maytham. Content hosted by iono.fm