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Top 10 wines in the inaugural Winemag Shiraz Report 2019 announced

2019-09-16T10:58:46+00:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack Wines, Heritage Collection, News, Review, Wine|

Syrah (aka Shiraz) has its traditional home in France’s Rhône Valley, where the appellations of Hermitage and Côte Rôtie are particularly acclaimed. South Australia’s Barossa Valley is also famed for the variety but South Africa is increasingly making wines to match the best of either of these two regions. It has become important locally occupying just over 10% of the national vineyard at the end of 2018 (second only to Cabernet Sauvignon among red varieties) and Winemag.co.za is therefore pleased to release our inaugural Shiraz Report. This year, 83 entries were received from 67 producers and these were tasted blind (labels [...]

Top 12 wines in the Signature Red Blend Report 2019 announced

2019-09-16T10:53:51+00:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Mary le Bow, Moveable Feast, Review, The Drift Estate, Wine|

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, [...]

The top five wines from the inaugural Best Value Shiraz Tastings 2019 have been released

2019-09-13T09:32:03+00:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack Wines, Review, Wine|

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, [...]

Excerpt’s from: South Africa’s cool-climate whites and scorching reds: why the country has it all

2018-11-21T11:05:50+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Bonfire Hill Wines, Moveable Feast, News, Over the Moon, Overberg, Review, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

South Africa is on its game for white wines Wine lovers, take note: South Africa is on its game for white wines! The country’s whites are now deserving of every wine consumer’s attention, not least for the excellent value they have to offer. As James and I tasted through almost 500 wines from the country in May this year, we could not help but be amazed as one outstanding flight followed the next of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and even Sauvignon Blanc. Until only too recently, much of the white grapes grown in the Cape found their way into bulk wine, [...]

The Drift Estate Moveable Feast 2014

2018-11-21T11:06:47+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Moveable Feast, Review, The Drift Estate|

By Christian Eedes May 9, 2018 It doesn’t get more exotic than this 36% Syrah, 27% Malbec, 14% Tannat, 14% Touriga Nacional and 9% Barbera 2014 blend but Bruce Jack of Flagstone repute is not one to play it by the book. Grapes from the Overberg family farm, vinification involved partial whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 18 months in French oak, 10% new. The nose shows a floral top note before dark fruit, some earthiness, herbs and spice plus a slight malty quality. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and dense with tart acidity and smooth tannins. It’s very expressive if rather [...]