Landskroon Shiraz 2019, excellent with meats from the braai, casserole or oven and great with a slice of Dalewood Fromage Huguenot Cheese…

Landskroon Shiraz 2019 Landskroon Wine Estate on the southwest facing slopes of the iconic Paarl Mountain in the Paarl Wine Appellation has been owned and managed by the De Villiers Family for 5 generations. Each of the five Cellarmasters has been named Paul. Renowned for their Port Style and red wines in former times. Paul

De Wetshof Estate Thibault 2012, perfect Winter partner to Nina Timm’s Venison Pie…

De Wetshof Estate Thibault 2012 De Wetshof Wine Estate was one of the earliest estates to be registered in the Robertson Wine Appellation. Family owned and managed since 1949, the estate specializes in producing a range of fine Chardonnays. However, the wines made from other noble grape varieties are certainly some of the finest wines

Spier Creative Block 3 2018, a sublime blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Excellent with a dish of Smoked Brisket from the Vadas Smokehouse…           

The Spier Creative Block 3 is a Rhone Style blend of Shiraz accented by splashes of Mourvèdre and Viognier. The grapes come from the Groenekloof  {Darling] and Stellenbosch Wine Appellations.

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2022 by Martin Moore and his team, so good with a tranche of SASSI friendly Hake and rustly potato chips…

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2022, a fine cool climate wine from the Durbanville Wine Appellation. Made by Kobus Gerberm the Winery's White Wine Specialst, good with a tranche of Hake...

De Grendel Op die Berg Syrah 2020, so good with Liver in a sour sauce…

From snow bound Witzenberg Vineyards in Winter, De Grendel's Founding Winemaker Charles Hopkins makes a superb example of a Continental Climate Wine - De Grendel Op die Berg Syrah 2022...

Zandvliet Shiraz 2019, the first Estate Bottled Shiraz in South Africa, perfect partner to my Lamb and Cabbage Bredie…

Zandvliet Shiraz 2019 Interesting that this fine Ashton Shiraz from the Robertson Wine Appellation should still uses the tried and tested minimalist approach to winemaking. The vineyards are planted in limestone rich, clay and weathered shale soils in a variety of aspects. I was fortunate to be able to plant a vine in the vineyards

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, excellent with Tony Jackman’s Caramel Pork Stir Fry…

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, a premium Cabernet from a premier producer situated on the slopes of the Paarl Mountain...

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2021, so good with Fiona Beckett’s Chicken, Preserved Lemon and Green Olive Tagine…

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2021 uses Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Lutzville and Darling wine appellations and a dab of Semillon.

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2021, perfect partner to Alida Ryder’s Pan-Fried Fish with lemon cream sauce & capers…

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2021, a perfect expression of cool climate grown grapes. Boela Gerber has produced another masterpiece...

Spier Winter Dinner Series with Cellar Master, Johan Jordaan…

Spier Winter Dinner Series with Spier’s Cellar Master, Johan Jordaan… Be wined and dined by Spier Cellar Master, Johan Jordaan, at an intimate dinner at the Hotel Restaurant. A four-course seasonal menu will be expertly paired with award-winning wines for an unforgettable culinary experience. Spier Food Garden's Megan McCarthy The chefs select farm-fresh ingredients inspired

Landskroon Paul Hugo Red 2020 wins The Cobie Van Oort Cabernet Franc Challenge 2022 Award for the Best Value Wine…

The sublime Landskroon Paul Hugo Red 2020 takes a Gold and Award for The Best Value Wine on the Cabernet Franc Challenge 2020...

Bonnievale Winery releases two new vintage gems, The Limited Release Chardonnay 2021 and The River Collection Merlot 2021…

Bonnievale Winery, home of The Limited Release Chardonnay 2021 and The River Collection Merlot 2021 Bonnievale Winery is situated in the Eastern End of the Robertson Wine Appellation, in a little Wine Ward of its own – Bonnievale. Bonnievale Wine Maker Edwin Mahlambo with a SA Young Wine Show Award It has been interesting for

Stellenbosch Hills Winery releases the latest vintages of its Chenin Blanc 2021 and Merlot 2018, so good with Ilse van der Merwe’s Paprika Mushroom Soup…

Stellenbosch Hills Chenin Blanc 2021 Stellenbosch Hills Winery is at the very heart of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. The Winery has just released the latest vintages of its Chenin Blanc 2021 and the Merlot 2018. Chenin Blanc ripening on an old vine Chenin Blanc being the most planted wine grape in South Africa, it goes

Groot Constantia Pinotage 2019. A good partner to Dianne Bibby’s Red Wine Lamb Shanks…

Groot Constantia Pinotage 2019 I always think of Groot Constantia Wine Estate as the cradle of the wine industry in South Africa. Simon van der Stel was first granted the Estate in 1685. It was Hendrik Cloete, owner in the late 18th Century who, with his Constantia Wines, made for a ‘golden era’ of Cape

Oldenburg Vineyards CL White Blend 2020, excellent with Coconut Fish Curry by Carey Boucher Erasmus…

Oldenburg Vineyards CL White Blend 2020 Oldenburg Vineyards is a family-owned Wine Estate in the Banghoek Valley, the cooler side of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Here, with the unique terroir and aspects. Nic van Aarde makes some utterly delicious wines. I have a feeling that this one he has made because it is the most

Groot Constantia Merlot 2018. So good with Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Spicy Lamb with Roasted Eggplant, and Kale Salad in Garlic Yoghurt Dressing…

Excellent expression of this noble grape. One of the most popular wines sold by the glass or carafe in restaurants and wine bars...

Pickled Fish or Pascal Lamb, a slice of Simnel Cake? Which wine for a Special Easter Dish, here are my choices……

Pickled Fish or Pascal Lamb, A slice of Simnel Cake, which wine for a Special Easter Dish, here's my selection…

A pair of Durbanville Hills Shiraz Wines. So good with your Valentine’s Day Dinner, Lizet Hartley’s Rolled Brisket Pot Roast with Samp…

Durbanville Hills Shiraz 2019 Durbanville Hills Winery is situated at the ed of a promontory which looks out over Table Mountain and The Atlantic Ocean and receives cooling breezes off the chilly Benguela current, so beneficial to the vineyards in the heat of Summer. Founding Cellarmaster, Martin Moore I haven’t spoken about the sublime red

Bizoe Estalét Syrah 2018, a perfect wine for your Valentine’s Day dinner…

Bizoe Estalét Syrah 2018 The Bizoe Winery of Rikus Neethling is situated in  the outskirts of Somerset West in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. “Bizoe” is derived from the French word “Bisous”, meaning “little kiss”.  Here, Rikus, makes an array of wines, the grape he uses are specially chosen from different Wine Appellations according to his

Two fine Shiraz wines from Durbanville Hills, the Durbanville Hills Shiraz and the Collectors Reserve Shiraz 2018…

Wilhelm Coetzee, Red Wine Specialist & his team produce Durbanville Hills Shiraz wine, Durbanville Hills Shiraz & Collector’s Reserve Shiraz...

Spier Signature Series Pinotage 2019, the perfect partner for Lizet Hartley’s Fillet Steak ‘au poivre’ with a decadent Brandy Cream Sauce…

Spier Signature Series Pinotage 2019 Spier Wine Farm is a premier Tourist Destination situated in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Cellar Master Johan Jordaan and his team make several wine ranges using grapes from the Estate and other Wine Appellations. Johan Joubert, Spier Wine Farm's Cellarmaster For me, each of the varietal wines in the Signature

Spijker, a fine Malbec worthy of your attention, and so good with Ilse van der Merwe’s Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder….

Spijker, a Malbec of the vintage 2019 I have not really given this wine the attention it deserves. First of all, Malbec. Malbec used to be one of the Top 5 Wine Grapes in Bordeaux. It was in 1956, that a severe frost virtually wiped out the Bordeaux plantings. This left Cahors as the appellation

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2021, excellent with Karen Booth’s Russian Salad…

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Groot Constantia is the cradle of our Wine Industry and is situated in the Constantia Wine Appellation, about a 20 minute drive from the Cape Town City Centre. One of the older wineries, granted in 1652 to previous Dutch Governor, Simon van der Stel. Floricius Beukes, Groot Constantia Vineyardist The

Simonsig The Grapesmith Die Kluisenaar 2018, so good with Alida Ryder’s Pan Seared Duck Breast with Honey Soy Glaze…

Made from Roussanne and Marsanne, which make long living wines in France, Simonsig The Grapesmith Die Kluisenaar 2018, a perfect food wine...

Stellenrust Barrel Selection Cabernet Franc 2018, so good with Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Roast Pork with Spiced Plums…

Fabulous expression of Cabernet Franc in the Stellenrust Barrel Selection Cabernet Franc 2018. One of the oldest Bordeaux wine grapes...

Proposal Hill Cap Classique Brut Rosé 2017, a De Grendel Wine with a romantic De Grendel story…

De Grendel Proposal Hill Cap Classique 2017, a gem of a wine by Founding Winemaker, Charles Hopkins. Made from Pinot Noir...

De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2021, a fine unoaked Chardonnay from the premier Chardonnay Specialists in the Robertson Wine Appellation…

De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2021, hauls in a Veritas gold and a position in Top 100 wines, as selected by the American magazine Wine Spectator. This fine unoaked Chardonnay is a fine sipper and great with food.

Oldenburg Grenache Noir 2016 from the Vineyards Series, so good  with Dianne Bibby’s Easy Tuna Bake…

Oldenburg Grenache Noir 2016, a gem of a wine recently released from the Oldenburg Vineyard's Library. A stunning expression of the Grape...

A couple of Christmas and New Year Bottles you should have in your fridge and cupboard….

Christmas and New Year Bottles for your fridge and cellar, a lovely mélange for you...

Groot Constantia Pinotage 2019, a South African Wine good with a South African Dish, My Tomato Bredie…

Groot Constantia Pinotage 2019 Groot Constantia Wine Estate is situated about 20 minutes’ drive south of the centre of Cape Town in one of the older wine producing regions of South Africa, the Constantia Wine Appellation. Blessed with much history in terms of the popularity of its wine in. Found in the great Royal Halls

ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 9, LEEUWENKUIL REVISITED FOR ITS LEEUWENKUIL SHIRAZ 2020, A PERFECT SUMMER WINE…

Leeuwenkuil Shiraz 2020 A visit again to Leeuwenkuil again to talk about the Leeuwenkuil Shiraz 2020. I think a perfect Summer wine, chilled it makes a great sipper and it is perfect with food, anything from a tranche of seared tuna to my version of Leipoldt's Cabbage Bredie [click HERE for the recipe]. Willie &

OLDENBURG VINEYARDS PER SE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2019, PERFECT WITH DIANNE BIBBY’S RED WINE OXTAIL…

Oldenburg Vineyards Per Se Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Oldenburg Vineyards is in the cooler part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, The Banghoek Valley. Surrounded by mountain reaching up to the sky, there is an enchanting little hillock known as Rondekop. Made up of ferricrete soils, vines grown here have roots set deep down which extract much

SPIER DE-ALCOHOLISED CHENIN BLANC 2020, GREAT WITH A TRANCHE OF CHEESE…

Spier De-Alcoholised Chenin Blanc 2020 Spier Wine Farm is a superb tourist destination in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. So much to do, things to see, Segway trips, wine tastings and sales, Eagle Encounter, fabulous food, from the Vadas Smokehouse and The Spier Café. And then you could spend a night in the Spier Hotel… Anton

MY CHRISTMAS STOCKING STUFFERS FOR YOUR LOVED ONES…

This time of the year one is always looking for the Christmas Stocking Stuffer for a loved one. Here is my choice for some stars...

DELAIRE GRAFF COASTAL CUVÉE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2021, GOOD WITH A DISH OF KAYLA-ANN OSBORNE’S MUSSELS…

Grapes from 4 different wine appellations, the Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2021 has a dollop of oak matured Semillon in it...

CAPE PORTRAIT WINES – TWO GREAT BLENDS FROM DURBANVILLE HILLS, BY KOBUS GERBER & WILHELM COETZEE. SUPERB FOOD WINES…

Kobus Gerber and Wilhelm Coetzee launch two blended wines under the Cape Portraits Label, Two utterly delicious and different wines...

FIRST PLATTER FIVE STAR ACCOLADE FOR ARCO LAARMAN FOCAL POINT WINES…

Arco Laarman and his Beagles Arco Laarman is one of those really talented wine makers who fly under the radar, and few will know of him. Having started as an apprentice winemaker at Kaapzicht Wine Estate in Stellenbosch under the tutelage of Danie Steytler, he moved on to Glen Carlou originally as Assistant to David

TOAST MERLOT MONTH WITH JOURNEY’S END VINEYARD SERIES V2 MERLOT 2016…

Journey’s End Vineyard Series V2 Merlot 2016 Journey’s End Vineyards is situated at the most Eastern end of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation on the slopes of the famous Schapenberg Hills above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village in the Helderberg Basin. The farm is within sight of False Bay, from when cometh cooling breezes which ameliorate Summer

DE GRENDEL ROSÉ 2021, A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD NOT TASTE AS FINE…

De Grendel Rosé 2021 In one of the most perfect marine climate settings in the Cape, De Grendel Wine Estate sits on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills, thus named for the spotty indigenous fynbos which covers it. Facing Table Mountain in the South and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Estate is a

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL MERLOT DAY ON 7TH NOVEMBER WITH MURATIE ALBERTA ANNEMARIE CANITZ MERLOT 2017, PERFECTLY PAIRED WITH ANNATJIE MELCK’S MUSHROOM RISOTTO…

Named for Annemie Canitz, who with her father owned Muratie for most of the 20th Century, the Muratie Alberta Annemarie Merlot 2017, a gem

DELAIRE GRAFF CABERNET FRANC ROSÉ 2021, SO GOOD WITH JANE ANNE HOBBS’S CAPE PICKLED FISH PATE…

Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé 2021 When you make a wine and use a noble grape, like Cabernet Franc to make it, it must be something good. Cabernet Franc is an old grape from Bordeaux and is the father of Cabernet Sauvignon. Morné Vrey and his team in the cellar made the wine in the

A PAIR OF SUPERB BANGHOEK VALLEY MERLOTS FROM THE STELLENBOSCH WINE APPELLATION…

Merlot is gaining popularity as producers like Oldenburg and Delaire Graff on the cooler side of Stellenbosch take the grape seriously...

LANDSKROON PAUL DE VILLIERS RESERVE 2018, SO GOOD WITH NADIA GRAVES’S DUCK BREAST IN A MADEIRA SAUCE…

Landskroon Paul De Villiers Reserve 2018 The De Villiers family whose antecedents sailed from the French Atlantic Coast, fleeing religious persecution, and landed in Cape Town on 6th May 1689. 5 of the most recent generations of those three brothers have been named Paul and have made wine on the family estate, Landskroon on the

OLDENBURG VINEYARDS SERIES CABERNET FRANC 2018, PERFECT WITH NINA TIMM’S NEW YORK STRIP SIRLOIN…

Oldenburg Vineyards Series Cabernet Franc 2018 Oldenburg Vineyards is situated in the Banghoek Valley between the Simonsberg and the Groot Drakenstein Mountains. A significantly cooler part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Cabernet Franc has found a home in the Banghoek Valley, where it grows exceptionally well at the foot of Rondekop, the little ferricrete soil

SIMONSIG REDHILL PINOTAGE 2018, A PERFECT GLASS WITH WHICH TO CELEBRATE PINOTAGE MONTH…

Simonsig Redhill Pinotage 2018, a premium product from a premier Estate with a four generation history in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation..

CHATEAU LIBERTAS STILL A HOT FAVOURITE AFTER 90 YEARS IN THE MARKET..

Chateau Libertas 2019 Chateau Libertas is the only South African wine to have “Chateau” as part of its name. In 1935, the country signed an agreement with the French that prevented the use of the term by any local producer from then on. Why the exception for Chateau Libertas? It was established in 1932, before

DE GRENDEL OP DIE BERG CHARDONNAY 2021, PERFECT WITH DIANNE BIBBY’S BUTTERED ROAST CHICKEN…

De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2021, is born in the Witzenberg where snow covers the vineyards in Winter...

GROOTE POST SEASALTER SAUVIGNON BLANC 2021, A WINE APPROACHING CULT STATUS WITH DEBBIE MCLAUGLIN’S DELICIOUS SALMON SALAD…

Groote Post Seasalter Sauvignon Blanc 2021, from the eponymous Estate in the Darling Wine Appellation, smacks of a swim in the cold Atlantic Ocean....

A PARADE OF PINOTAGES WITH WHICH TO CELEBRATE THE MONTH OF PINOTAGE AND THROUGH THE NEXT MONTHS…

A Parade of Pinotages, not only in celebration of Pinotage Day, but for any day of the week. South Africa's own red wine Grape...

DOUGLAS GREEN, AN ICON IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE INDUSTRY, LAUNCHES 4 NEW WINES FEATURING VINEYARD WILDLIFE…

Douglas Green Vineyard Friends is a new range of wines from this iconic Wine Company. Named for 4 animals found in and around vineyards...

GROOT CONSTANTIA LADY OF ABUNDANCE 2018, PERFECT WITH CAT ROCHEFORT’S LAMB-STUFFED AUBERGINE WITH PEARL BARLEY SALAD…

Groot Constantia Lady of Abundance 2018, a delicious accessible, rich and generous glass by Boela Gerber, grapes by the Estate's Vineyardist Floricius Beukes...

IT’S INTERNATIONAL CABERNET SAUVIGNON DAY TODAY – HERE ARE SOME OF MY CURRENT FAVOURITES…

International Cabernet Sauvignon Day, on September 2nd. Time to celebrate this King of Grapes, a vineyard crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc...

FINE BUBBLES FROM THE CAPE – INTERNATIONAL CAP CLASSIQUE DAY…

Fine Bubbles from the Cape, what a way to celebrate Cap Classique Day, here is a lovely collection for you to land and enjoy...

SIMONSIG LABYRINTH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017, PERFECT WITH A TRANCHE OF SKIRT STEAK WITH MUSTARD SAUCE…

Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, first bottled on the Estate in 1976, presents a fine wine as a result of improved clones on suitable sites...

CAP CLASSIQUE CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SINCE FIRST PRODUCED BY FRANS MALAN OF SIMONSIG WINE ESTATE……

Cap Classique celebrates 50th Anniversary since the first Champagne style wines were made by Frans Malan...

OLDENBURG VINEYARDS SERIES SYRAH 2018, PERFECT PARTNER FOR ALIDA RYDER’S PAN SEARED DUCK BREAST WITH A HONEY SOY GLAZE…

Oldenburg Vineyards Series Syrah 2018, a perfect cool climate expression of this Southern French Grape by Nic van Aarde, Oldenburg Winemaker...

DE WETSHOF ESTATE NAISSANCE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018, EXCELLENT AS A PARTNER TO DALEWOOD FROMAGE ESTATE CHEESE…

De Wetshof Estate Naissance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, a jewel in the De Wetshof crown, filled with all the wonderful Cabernet attributes. Excellent sipping wine, great with food..

SOME REAL GEMS FROM BONNIEVALE WINERY, A CINSAULT ROSÉ, A CHENIN BLANC AND A CHARDONNAY…

Bonnievale Winery is producing some really exciting wines. Here are my views on their Cinsault Rosé, Chenin Blanc and a Chardonnay...