Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2017, excellent with Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing – 21.12.2017

My Advent Calendar #22 wine, is a delicious Unwooded Pinot Noir 2017, a brilliant expression of both the grape and the vintage. Perfect with Alida Ryder’s Grilled Trout Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing

Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2017, good with Tracy Foulkes’s Perfectly Easy Roast Chicken & Gravy – 20.11.2017

From a real cool region in terms of weather and fashion, The Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2017, made from grapes from Groot Phesantekraal.

Boland Cellar Talent & Terroir Chenin Blanc 2017, great with Carey Boucher-Erasmus’s Roast Chicken with Toulouse Sausage, Apple & Sage Stuffing, Leeks & Fennel – 10.11.2017

Boland Cellar Talent & Terroir Chenin Blanc 2017 is a clever blend of Chenin Blanc from Paardeberg and Drakenstein Vineyards. Chenin and Chicken are a great match...

Boland Cellar One Formation Blend 2017, a magical mix of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc & Grenache Blanc…..31.10.2017

Chenin Blanc, 20% of the national vineyard, shines in this blend. Collaboration between growers and the cellar produce the finest of grapes to make a fine wine like this. Alida Ryder provides her Kick Ass Roast Chicken as the perfect partner...

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2017 & Dianne Bibby’s Aubergines with Miso & Pomelo – 25.10.2017

A fine Rosé, the Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2017. Purpose grown grapes, creating a lovely zesty bright fruited wine. Just add Dianne Bibby's Aubergine dish - perfect match.

Boland Cellar Talent & Terroir Sauvignon Blanc 2017 perfect with Cheryl Bennett’s Vegan Crispy Tofu Asian Noodle Bowl – 04.10.2017

A sublime Sauvignon Blanc from a talented & innovative wine Team at Boland Cellar, the Talent and Terroir 2017. A great match to my Florida friend Cheryl Bennett's Vegan Crispy Tofu Asian Noodle Bowl.

Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2017 with Virgil Kahn’s Asparagus & Broccoli – 27.09.2017

Delaire Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2017 with Virgil Kahn's Asparagus & Broccoli. A fine Coastal Region Sauvignon to match Virgil's Asian food style.

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Franc 2015, perfect with Hein van Tonder’s Chipotle & Beer Short Ribs – 27.09.2017

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Franc 2015, perfect with Hein van Tonder’s Chipotle & Beer Short Ribs. Fine Stellenbosch Wine, great ribs.

Asara Vineyard Collection Cape Fusion 2014 with Tony Jackman’s Heritage Month Bacon & Beer Braai Bread – 20.09.2017

Asara Vineyard Collection Cape Fusion 2014 with Tony Jackman’s Bacon & Beer Braai Bread. A perfect accompaniment for a braai in heritage month.

Durbanville Hills Pinotage 2015 & Sophia Lindop’s Stuffed pork loin chops, a Braai Dish for Heritage Month – 19.09.2017

Durbanville Hills Pinotage 2015, a great South African Grape Variety is a good partner to Sophia Lindop's Stuffed pork loin chops, a Braai Dish for Heritage Month.

Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 & Ina Paarman’s Venison Pie – 02.08.2017

Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 If you want to know which as the first private estate in Stellenbosch to have bottled almost any single variety, Simonsig is one of the first you would investigate. Frans Malan, the founder was a real pioneer in the wine industry, first bottled his Cabernet Sauvignon in 1976. The 1977

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2017 & Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Confit Chicken with Fennel, Thyme & Lemon – 17.07.2017

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Unlike its very hot and dry predecessor, the 2017 harvesting season experienced good high temperatures with no off the scale heat. Cool nights and a light rainfall in early December allowed for disease free grapes with excellent flavours and acidity.  The yield was also up by 15% on the

Landskroon Shiraz 2015 & Ina Paarman’s Beef Olives – 30.06.2017

Landskroon Shiraz 2015 Landskroon sits on the slopes of the iconic Paarl Mountain, so named because the three large rocks on the top shine like pearls in the sun after rain. The South-Western slope face towards Cape Town. Nelie & Paul de Villiers Since the family bought the farm some 5 generations ago, the Cellar

Yonder Hill Inanda 2014 & Justine Wall’s Beef Briyani – 27.06.2017

Yonder Hill Inanda 2014 Yonder Hill Vineyards is situated on the Stellenbosch Somerset West road just before you drop down into Somerset West. On the lower slopes of the Helderberg, well known for the production of fine wines, the vineyard looks over False Bay from whence cooling afternoon breezes come to ameliorate the summer heat

Peter Falke PF Chardonnay 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Easy Creamy Cashew Chicken Curry – 23.06.2017

Peter Falke PF Chardonnay 2016 The home of Peter Falke Wines is on Groenvlei Farm on the well-known Annandale Road in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation.  The strip down the Helderberg is well known for its red wines.  It sits in the path of cool afternoon breezes off False

Asara The Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 & Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Lamb Pilaf with Dates & Cranberries – 19.06.2017

Asara The Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Asara Wine Estate and Hotel is situated on the rolling Polkadraai Hills west of Stellenbosch at in the heart of its Wine Appellation.  These rolling hills provide many aspects and facings and soil types for the selection of wine grape varieties grown on the estate. The main supply

Fairview Shiraz 2014 & Alida Ryder’s Baked Gnocchi with Bacon, Tomato & Mozzarella – 16.06.2017

Fairview Shiraz 2014 When a wine you truly like does well for the umpteenth in a national competition. Two Fairview Wines are the most recent award winners in the 2017 Shiraz SA Wine Challenge. At the end of May, Fairview again proved its prowess in the cultivation and winemaking of this popular red wine grape

Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 & Nadia Graves’s Potato, Roquefort & Hazelnut Tart – 09.06.2017

Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 I constantly tell people not to wait for special occasion to drink a great bubbly, though of course, they are special at a time of celebration. The grapes for the Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 were hand harvested from vine which are between 13 and 24 years of

Douglas Green Chardonnay 2016 & Nina Timm’s Crispy Crunchy Buffalo Wings – 08.06.2017

Douglas Green Chardonnay 2016 When you walk away with a gold medal from the Chardonnay du Monde Competition in France, where you beard the lions in their den, you know you have a great bottle of wine. Chardonnay ripening on the vine And so, it is with the Douglas Green Chardonnay 2016. The grapes come

Fable Mountain Jackal Bird 2014 & Anina Meyer’s Chicken, Bacon & Potato Tray Bake – 02.06.2017

Fable Mountain Jackal Bird 2014 There are few things more exciting that watching a bird catching thermals in the sky and sweeping back and forth appearing to have so much fun in the quietest most exhilarating manner.  The Jackal Bird is one of them. The Fable Mountain Jackal Bird 2014 honours this bird which is

Perdeberg The Dryland Collection Chenin Blanc 2015 & Dianne Bibby’s Coconut Cream Chicken Bake – 01.06.2017

Perdeberg The Dryland Collection Chenin Blanc 2015 Not for nothing is Perdeberg Cellar known as the Home of Chenin Blanc. The Winemaking Team under Albertus Louw has so much experience in dealing with the fine grapes the Vineyard Team bring to the cellar. Dylan Dowell Ellis Perdeberg's White Winemaker Perdeberg’s wine grape producers have dryland,

Groot Constantia Merlot 2014 & Ina Paarman’s Flattie in a Frying Pan – 31.05.2017

Groot Constantia Merlot 2014 Some years ago, vineyard owners were being told to pull up their Cinsaut and plant Merlot.  Now as fashions change, the reverse is happening.  Thank goodness for those who ‘kept the faith’, amongst them Groot Constantia. Merlot is going places as the Merlot Interest Group does its work to help producers

Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Rosé 2016

Glen Carlou The Curators Collection 2016 Rosé I was present when Glen Carlou launched The Curator’s Collection, some truly exciting wines.  I am berserk for Rosé and even in winter, a good Rosé with a fine food match is a special thing. The Glen Carlou Curator’s Collection Rosé 2016 is blend of Mourvèdre 58% and

Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Cheat’s Deep Dish Pizza – 26.05.2017

Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 I have watched this vintage grow over the last year. The 2015 vintage took a trophy at the Japan Wine Challenge last year for the Best New World Wine. This vintage is a step up on the 2015 and I can’t wait to taste the 2017 babies in the

Landskroon Pinotage 2014 & Tracy Foulkes’s Whole Roasted Butternut With & Simple Balsamic Reduction – 26.05.2017

Landskroon Pinotage 2014 Pinotage, the iconic South African grape, was created in the late 1920s. It was not until some 30 years later, that grapes from Bellevue Wine Estate were bottled as Pinotage under the Lanzerac label.  Pinotage lay quiet until the 1970s when the pioneers of modern Pinotage starting producing wines from easy quaffers

Durbanville Hills Merlot 2015 & Nadia Graves’s Boeuf Bourguignon – 19.05.2017

Durbanville Hills Merlot 2015 There is more and more exciting chatter about Merlot. In the winelands, a Merlot Interest Group is putting together plans to improve Merlot by using better clones and planting the vines in the right soils, in the right microclimates and perhaps even treating it differently once it is in the cellar.

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Sur Lie Chardonnay 2015 & Alida Ryder’s Stuffed Pork Belly Roast with Apples & Sage – 25.05.2017

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Sur Lie Chardonnay 2015 Boland Cellars has a team of viticulturists who watch over their producer vineyards looking for blocks which produce wine grapes of premium quality.  These blocks are singled out for careful elevation in the cellar producing a fine range of Reserve No 1 wines which are dedicated

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Pork & Shallot Casserole with Sage & Mushrooms – 25.05.2017

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Exciting wines coming from Flagstone with Gerhard Swart in charge of the winemaking team.  For me the Flagstone Wines are so food friendly, you can almost imagine different dishes while drinking them. The Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is a unique Sauvignon Blanc made with grapes from the

De Grendel Rubaiyat 2014 & Nina Timm’s Granny’s Roast Chicken – 24.05.2017

De Grendel Rubaiyat 2014 The De Grendel Rubaiyat 2014 was the wish a couple of vintages ago, to create the perfect Bordeaux style red blend, a task which founding winemaker Charles Hopkins took to the challenge to like the proverbial duck to water. Charles Hopkins, Founding Cellarmaster of De Grendel The 80% component of Cabernet

Boschendal’s jewel, a Shiraz with a ruby heart & Dianne Bibby’s North African Chermoula Meatballs – 22.05.2017

Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2014 The grapes for the Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2014 come from prime vineyard sites in the Stellenbosch, Elgin and Swartland Wine Appellations, each component especially selected to bring a unique attribute to the final blending. Richard Duckitt in Boschendal's Red Wine Barrel Cellar Vineyard management techniques were practiced. Shoots were thinned in

Mulderbosch Faithful Hound White 2015 & Justine Wall’s Cauliflower Puffs – 19.05.2017

Mulderbosch Faithful Hound White 2015 There are many stories about dogs waiting for their master to come home, long after the master has passed on. The Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2015 is a wine which has been named for such a dog. Semillon, lead grape in the blend A Bordeaux white wine blend of Semillon 62%

Peter Falke Signature Exclusive Blend 2014 & Ina Paarman’s Penne with bacon & mushrooms – 18.05.2017

Signature Peter Falke Exclusive Blend 2014 I was out at Peter Falke Wines last week on the most perfect autumnal day, blue skies and brilliant sunshine. There were guests tasting wine and eating a late lunch on the patio out in front of the tasting room. It was a special time of day with the

Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 &Tracy Foulkes’s Lamb Chops with Chimichurri – 17.05.2017

Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 The Perdeberg Winery does wine the hard way.  Most of their supplier vineyards are dry land farmed bush vines.  This means smaller bunches and smaller berries.  Smaller berries result in a higher ratio of skin to juice, adding colour, aroma and flavour. A couple of years ago,

Delaire Graff Shiraz 2015 & Dianne Bibby’s Roast leg of lamb with sweet onion marmalade – 16.05.2017

Delaire Graff Shiraz 2015 Morné Vrey, the winemaker at Delaire Graff Estate at the top of the Helshoogte Pass in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, not only has his own grapes to use in winemaking, but also those of contracted vineyards which are nursed by the Delaire viticulturist, Kallie Fernhout. Morné Vrey & assistant Bethwell Sombhuza

Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Nina Timm’s Home Cured Trout – 12.05.2017

Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016 I have stood in the vineyards in Darling which provides the grapes for this wine.  It was a mid-season day, up on a hill with valleys going down to the Atlantic Ocean. The Benguela Current in the ocean is one which sweeps up from the Antarctic and creates cool breezes

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 & Anina Meyer’s Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy – 12.05.2017

The Glenelly Class Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing, creator of the new Glenelly has a passion for glass as much as she has a passion for wine.  The former owner of Chateau Pichon Lalande is Bordeaux Royalty and certainly highly regarded in Stellenbosch. As is her team of Winemaker Luke

Oldenburg Rhodium 2013 & Ina Paarman’s Individual Beef Wellingtons – 11.05.2017

Oldenburg Rhodium 2013 Rhodium, of which South Africa produces most of the world’s supply, is a very rare metal. It is used in the manufacture of premium jewellery and also as a catalyst for sustainable processes. Rondekop in Autumn Oldenburg is a rare estate. It is beautifully situated in the northern reaches of the Stellenbosch

Simonsig Chardonnay 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Chicken a la King filled Parsley Pancakes – 10.05.2017

Simonsig Chardonnay 2016 When you have grown up in the wine business, as I did, and time passes, I forget how long we have actually had Chardonnay vines planted in the winelands.  Simonsig Wine Estate, under its founder, Frans Malan, was amongst the early planters of Chardonnay in the mid 1970s, releasing their first Chardonnay in

Spice Route Chakalaka 2014 & Tracy Foulkes’s Cassoulet with Lamb & Rosemary Sausage Toulouse Saucisson & Crunchy Breadcrumbs – 05.05.2017

Spice Route Chakalaka 2014 Chakalaka is a Zulu word which we have taken to name a rich and spicy sauce. It is also the Spice Route Chakalaka’s name – a rich and spicy blend of 41% Syrah, 17% Carignan, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache Noir, 10% Petite Sirah [no relation to Shiraz] and 7% Tannat. Charl

La Bri Syrah 2014 & Meeta K Wolff’s Middle Eastern style Buddha Bowl – 05.05.2017

La Bri Syrah 2014 La Bri Vineyards is beautifully positioned in the south west corner of the Franschhoek Valley. Blessed with an enchanting Manor House and cutting edge winery and well tended vineyards, Irene Waller the General Manager and Cellarmaster makes a superb range of award winning wines. Each wine is cleverly labelled with Cape

Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Anina Meyer’s Pork Dumplings with Ginger, Chilli & Soy Sauce – 03.05.2017

Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is named for HMS Rattlesnake, one of the Royal Navy Warships involved in the famous Battle of Muizenberg in 1795 which lead to the first British occupation of the Cape Colony. Sauvignon Blanc ripening on the vine Appropriate that the Sauvignon Blanc grapes should be

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Reserve 2015 & Justine Wall’s Beef & Black Olives – 28.04.2017

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Reserve 2015 The de Villiers family moved to Landskroon in the middle of the 19th Century, and since that time, the head of the family has been named Paul. Today Paul de Villiers, the fifth generation on the Estate, winner of the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year, is the cellar

Delaire Graff Shiraz 2015 & Nadia Graves’s BBQ Pork Ribs – 28.04.2017

Delaire Graff Shiraz 2015 The Delaire Graff Estate is situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass in Banghoek, Stellenbosch. Overlooking the beautiful Banghoek Valley with its soaring mountains, the Delaire Graff Restaurant has the most perfect views from its deck. Morné Vrey, the award-winning winemaker was recently invited to be a member of the

Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016 & Vietnamese Prawn Salad with Soy Lime Dressing – 27.04.2017

Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016 Chardonnay is the white grape of Burgundy and Champagne, as Pinot Noir is the red. In Champagne, they are often blended to create some of the finest sparkling wines produced in France.  Often, I have come across a ‘still champagne’ where the two are blended and then not gone

Glenelly Estate Reserve 2011 & Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Peppered Burgers with Smoky Cheese & Puffy Onion Rings – 26.04.2017

The Glenelly Estate Reserve 2011 This wine is Stellenbosch Royalty. Glenelly Wine Estate is owned by Mme May Eliane de Lencquesaing, former owner of Chateau Pichon Lalande one of the great Bordeaux Wine Houses. Madame May Eliane de Lencquesaing, Owner of Glenelly The immaculate vineyards provide the grapes for this ‘signature blend’ of Glenelly, The

Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 & Tracy Foulkes’s Caramelized Onion Thyme & Taleggio Cheese Tart – 25.04.2017

Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Asara Wine Estate is situated in the rolling Polkadraai Hills south-west of Stellenbosch in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Stellenbosch is strong Cabernet country and the big flavours come from the slow ripening of the grapes.  Summer heat is ameliorated by cooling breezes off False Bay.  The marine climate carries

DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014 & Ina Paarman’s Whole Fillet of Beef over the Coals with Four Sauces – 24.04.2017

DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014 The DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014, is part of DeWaal Wines that is steeped in the tradition of Pinotage in South Africa.  The Estate has the oldest established Pinotage Vineyard in the winelands. The Top of the Hill Vineyard block was planted by Danie de Waal,

Bellingham, two stunners from The Bernard Series & Alida Ryder’s Lamb Ragu with Cauliflower Gnocchi – 24.04.2017

Bernard & Fredagh Podlashuk Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk were the creators of the modern-day Bellingham.  They bought it after Bernard was boarded form the Air Force just after World War 2.  No ordinary couple, they set about restoring the Manor House and its garden.  And of course, the winery.  Bernard, known as Pod to his

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2015 & Justine Wall’s Quarter Lamb Bunny – 21.04.2017

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2015 There are wineries where each and every one of the wines, I would drink happily and enjoy to the full.  For me, Spice Route is one of those. Spice Route Wine started when Charles Back bought an old tobacco farm near Malmesbury, which interestingly has the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Demi Sec 2015 & Anina Meyer’s Cinnamon & Nutella Buns with Fudge Sauce – 21.04.2017

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Demi Sec 2015 Simonsig Wine Estate founder, Frans Malan was a passionate pioneer in the Cape wine world in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Early estate bottlings of Chenin Blanc and Pinotage point to greater things to come. In the early 1970s Frans started experimented with wines made in the Champagne style

Perdeberg Vineyard Collection Malbec 2015 & Nina Timm’s Beef Shortribs with Pomegranate & Soy – 20.04.2017

Perdeberg Vineyard Collection Malbec 2015 Having been associated with Perdeberg Winery over the past few years, I have watched with great interest as premium ranges have appeared using selected grapes from their mostly bush vine vineyards. The vineyards are dry land farm meaning that they have no access to water. This in turn means smaller

Flagstone Tributary Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Easy Tuscan Roast Chicken – 19.04.2017

Flagstone Tributary Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 Gerhard Swart, the Winemaker at Flagstone Wines, is producing some fine drops. Under the hand of Bruce Jack, they aim to produce wines which respect our 350-year-old winemaking heritage.  They make wines which not only please the senses, but also stimulate fine thoughts. Gerhard Swart Winemaker at Flagstone

Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé 2016 & Ina Paarman’s Prawn Chowder – 18.04.2017

Durbanville Hills Merlot Dry Rosé 2016 Durbanville Hills is a collective of 9 vineyard owners in the cool vineyards in a little valley which runs up from the ocean bringing with it the chill breezes off the Benguela Current. The winery itself sits proud on a promontory looking over Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben

Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2016 & Roberta Muir’s Artichoke & White Bean Dip – 17.04.2017

Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2016 Chenin Blanc is so much in favour and there are some serious practitioners out there, making some exciting wines. The Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2016 is one of them. Zevenwacht Manor House Zevenwacht is situated in a southerly part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation just north of the shores of False Bay,

Steenberg Nebbiolo 2014 & Archie Maclean’s Parmesan gratinated beef sirloin – 15.04.2017

Steenberg Nebbiolo 2014 I have written about the Steenberg Nebbiolo before and recently had the opportunity to talk about it on a Radio Today, Gauteng, broadcast. It reminded me how this grape of Italian nobility is firmly rooted in the Steenberg terroir. And it is this terroir that makes the Steenberg Nebbiolo 2014. The soils, the

Boland Cellar Flutterby Merlot 2015 & Nadia Graves’s Mushroom Risotto with Lamb – 13.04.2017

Boland Cellar Flutterby Merlot 2015 Merlot, mystical magical Merlot, the most planted red wine grape in Bordeaux, is named for Merle, French for blackbird or thrush.  Used both as a single variety wine and blended with Cabernet Sauvignon in order to soften is high tannic nature. Merlot has its opponents and vociferous proponents in South

Boschendal’s Lizelle gives a #101 on Bubbles

Lizelle Gerber, Boschendal Winemaker Lizelle Gerber, the talented and award winning White Wine and MCC maker on the beautiful Boschendal Estate gives us a bubbly #101. She tells us that there are three main types of bubbles. Champagne The difference between MCC and champagne is the fact that the term champagne is reserved for wine

De Grendel Winifred 2016 & Nina Timm’s Pickled Fish Salad – 12.04.2017

De Grendel Winifred 2016 The beauty of De Grendel Estate is not only in the perfect slopes, the excellently cared for vineyards, the architecturally pleasing buildings, the fine food served by Chef Ian Bergh in the De Grendel Restaurant, The Wine Club, but that it is such a short distance from the city centre and

De Wetshof Mèthode Cap Classique Brut 2009 & Tracy Foulkes’s Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta – 11.04.2017

The De Wet Family, Peter, Gera, Johann, Lesca & Danie The Robertson Valley is a place of summers of sunshine and cold wet winters.  In the summer cooling breezes ameliorate the heat in the vineyards allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and to pack in the flavour while they are doing it. The De Wet

Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 & Alida Ryder’s Bolognese Pasta Bake – 10.04.2017

Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Glen Carlou, named for the three daughters of a previous owner, has produced exciting wines for over thirty years. And while they tend to fly below the radar, they continue to wine awards, and continue to attract visitors to their beautifully situated winery with its excellent restaurant and stunning views.

Fairview Stok by Paaltjie Grenache 2014 & Lizet Hartley’s 5 Spice Pork Spare Ribs – 07.04.2017

Fairview Stok by Paaltjie Grenache 2014 I have known Fairview for almost 40 years, from the earliest of days when Cyril Back bottled his own wines, held the first wine auction ever, and Beryl Back sold the wines from the tasting room and packed eggs in the room next door. Charles & Cyril Back, way

Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2015 & Dianne Bibby’s Roast Leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade – 07.04.2017

Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2015 Groot Constantia’s Cellarmaster, Boela Gerber, has created a delicious blend with his Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2015.  Taking the best of Bordeaux and blended in Pinotage and Shiraz, a blend unique to the Estate. Boela Gerber Groot Constantia's Cellarmaster Grown on four different soil types, Glenrosa, Clovelly, Hutton and Cartref,

Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2015 & Lizet Hartley’s Pork Shank Ragu with White Wine & Fennel – 06.04.2017

Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2015 There are Chardonnays and there are Chardonnays, and for me the most appealing are those which have a story.  The Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2015 has a story. The Chardonnay grapes used for this wine are all from the Stellenbosch Appellation and are picked in a stretch of the finest grape wine areas from

Peter Falke Ruby Blend 2014 & Lizet Hartley’s Bordelaise Sauce – 05.04.2017

Peter Falke Ruby Blend 2014 Groenvlei Farm, home of Peter Falke Wines, sits in an important part of the Stellenbosch wine appellation, on the foothills of Helderberg Mountains. It is surrounded by producers of some of the finest red wines produced in this little region.  The hot summer vineyards are fanned in the afternoons by

Oldenburg Chardonnay 2015 & Meeta K Wolff’s South Indian Inspired Sambar Vegetable Curry – 04.04.2017

Oldenburg Chardonnay 2015 Oldenburg Wine Estate sits high up in the Banghoek Valley underneath large benign and exceptionally beautiful ‘Alpine’ mountains. The vineyards have been completely replanted in modern times by owner Adrian Vanderspuy whose family have owned the Estate for a number of years.  The vines used for the Oldenburg Chardonnay 2015 were planted

De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2014 & Ina Paarman’s Short Cut Peking Duck – 30.03.2017

De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2014 The Graaff family of De Grendel own a farm high up in the Witzenberg Mountains, in Ceres, which is a producer of high quality apples and pears. And Pinot Noir, the De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2014. Planted in soft shale soils, and in a

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 & Justine Wall’s Beef Cobbler – 31.03.2017

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 For the five generations that the de Villiers family have owned Landskroon, there has always been a Paul de Villiers as the Cellarmaster.  The current Paul is a winner of the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award for his fabulous Port Style wines. Paul & Nelie de

Asara Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2014 & My Kitchen Cake – 30.03.2017

Asara Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2014 I must declare an interest here, I love sweet wines. They don't have to be Noble Late Harvest, Fortifies sweeties or Natural Sweets, old Ports or lovely Spanish Sherries. The grapes for the Asara Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2014 come from a single vineyard block planted in Tukulu soil

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine & Meeta K Wolff’s Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Avocado – 29.03.2017

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine Something really pretty from Durbanville Hills, the Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine. You need a bottle of this in a glass ice bucket midmorning under the pergola drinking it for the sheer fun of it. Martin Moore & Wilhelm Coetzee hosting a braai This is Martin Moore and Wilhelm Coetzee’s

Boland Cellar Flutterby Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Traditional South African Pickled Fish – 29.03.2017

Boland Cellar Flutterby Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Boland Cellar was founded in 1941 and uses the grapes of several producers, from a variety of microclimatic conditions. Anything they bottle is done with great care, careful elevation in the cellar and the fine art of blending before it finds its way to the supermarket and wine specialist

Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Anina Meyer’s Pork Dumplings with Ginger, Chilli & Soy Sauce – 28.03.2017

Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2016 I so remember the time when there was no Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa, no Chardonnay too if the truth be known. And here we have the first bottling of the Simonsig Sauvignon Blanc nearly forty years ago.  Frans Malan, late founder of Simonsig, was in every way a pioneer,

Klein Constantia KC Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Ina Paarman’s Cauliflower Steaks with Red Pepper Sauce – 24.03.2017

Klein Constantia KC Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Constantia is the cradle of the South African Wine Industry. It was here that in the late 1600s, that Simon van der Stel set up a commercial winery.  It was from here that the early Constantia wines were exported to, and became the rage of Europe. Drunk by Kings,

DeWaal Merlot 2014 & Anina Meyer’s Crispy Pork Belly Ribs with Green Sauce & Honey Roasted Potatoes – 24.03.2017

DeWaal Merlot 2014 With its very close ties to Pinotage, one might be forgiven overlooking the other classy reds the DeWaal Vineyards produces. DeWaal wines was one of the early bottlers of a single variety Merlot. The first vintage was 1984 and from 1986, the wine was served to First Class passengers on our national

Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2016 & Tracy Foulkes’s Fresh Pea Pesto & Ricotta Bruschetta – 24.03.2017

Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2016 picture from wine.co.za When talking about Chenin Blanc, I need to declare a love interest. When talking about Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc, there is an extra dollop of love put on top.  I grew up on a wine farm where my father produced Chenin Blanc [or Steen as it was

Steenberg Nebbiolo 2014 & Nina Timm’s Roasted Pork Chops – 23.03.2017

Steenberg Nebbiolo 2014 Steenberg Estate in the Constantia Wine Appellation is one of the few producers of Nebbiolo, a well-known Italian wine grape. Well known British Wine Writer Jancis Robinson in her The Oxford Companion to Wine describes Nebbiolo for being responsible for ‘some of the finest and long lived wines in Italy’ and the

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Low Carb Chicken Satay Salad – 22.03.2017

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Adam Mason and the team at Mulderbosch Vineyards in the Polkadraai Hills in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation are fortunate to have a large home vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc grapes to which they can add grapes from contracted suppliers which are all as perfect as their own. Adam Mason, Mulderbosch Winemaker The

Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Chilled Cucumber Soup with grape & watermelon salsa – 21.03.2017

Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2016 Glen Carlou Wine Estate produces three different Chardonnay styles, two of them are wooded and the third is the Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2016. A pair of Nomblot Eggs Interesting about this wine is that it was fermented in what is known as a Nomblot Egg, a a porous clay

Peter Falke Pinot Noir 2015 & Justine Wall’s Beef Broth Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes – 17.03.2017

Peter Falke Pinot Noir 2015 Groenvlei Farm, in the Helderberg part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, is the home of Peter Falke Wines. The Helderberg, known as a premium red wine area, has the advantage of cooling breezes blowing in from False Bay in the afternoons, ameliorating the heat in the vineyard.  This allows for

Oldenburg Merlot 2013 & Nadia Graves’s Raclette in a pan – 17.03.2017

Oldenburg Merlot 2013 If you’re looking for class, you don't have to look much further than Oldenburg Vineyards.  This enchanting little winery is situated in the upper, almost Alpine, reaches of the Banghoek Valley with the Simonsberg, Stellenbosch and Groot Drakenstein Mountains towering above it.  And then in amusing sharp contrast the little Rondekop Hill

La Bri Barrel Selection Syrah 2013 & Alida Ryder’s Date Night Pork Fillet Mushroom Risotto – 16.03.2017

La Bri Barrel Selection Syrah 2013 The La Bri Barrel Selection Syrah 2013 is the first bottling of a barrel selection Syrah from the Estate. Cellarmaster and GM Irene Waller uses grapes from a specific vineyard site on the Estate which is especially pruned to keep the crop down to between 4 and 5 tons

KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2012 & Tracy Foulkes’s Picanha Steak on Toasted Ciabatta with Mustard Cream – 14.03.2017

KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2012 Abraham Perold was a legend in his time and left an indelible mark on the South African Wine Industry, not only for his creation of Pinotage, South Africa’s iconic wine grape. Abraham Perold In a tribute to Perold, KWV releases a wine, the current is the KWV Abraham Perold Tributum

Perdeberg’s Rooted Chardonnay 2016 & Rooted Merlot 2015 – 15.03.2017

The Perdeberg Cellar Team Perdeberg might do many things, sitting still is not one of them.  Able to draw on a large variety of vineyards, grape types and indeed microclimatic conditions. The team of viticulturists frequently visits the producer vineyards and always have an eye out for something special. The Perdeberg Rooted Chardonnay 2016 and

Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Ilse van der Merwe’s Smoked Trout Terrine – 10.03.2017

Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2016 So often when you buy a bottle of wine, you have no idea about what the winery looks like, its setting, its history and the climatic conditions which surround the vineyards. Zevenwacht has a modern winery which is behind the most beautiful Cape Dutch Manor House of the most amazing proportions,

Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Nina Timm’s Delicious Chicken Salad with roasted butternut – 09.03.2017

Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc 2016 What a different world South African wine was when Douglas Green founded his company in 1942.  He wanted to sell good wine, at even handed prices which reflect the grape varieties from which they are made from some of the best cellars in the winelands. And things haven’t really changed

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 & Meeta Wolff’s Ras el Hanout & Za’atar Grilled Salmon – 02.03.2017

Groot Constantia Barrel Cellar Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the white grapes of Bordeaux and make some of the finest white wines in the world. Successfully blended in other parts of the wine world. In Western Australia, it is hugely popular. The Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 is a blend of the two varieties

Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2012 & Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Roast Leg of Pork, Hanepoot Apples & Crispy Duck Fat Potatoes – 28.02.2017

Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2012 Pinot Noir has the unfortunate nickname of ‘The Heartbreak Grape’.  When it expresses its soils, climate and the hand of a fine winemaker, this thin skinned Burgundian grape has found a home in South Africa. The Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2012 proves that there is nothing ephemeral about this grape. 

Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2011 & Tracy Foulkes’s Crudité Platter with Sweet Potato Hummus – 28.02.2017

Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2011 There can’t be many wine farms on the main street of a town, and one of the longest main streets in the country too. Laborie Wine Farm is situated on the east facing slopes of the iconic Paarl mountain and reaches down the Paarl’s Main Road. Candlewood

DeWaal Young Vines Merlot 2014 & Hein van Tonder’s Mumbai Cheese Toasties – 27.02.2016

DeWaal Young Vines Merlot 2014 DeWaal Wines is situated in the rolling Polkadraai Hills to the west of the town of Stellenbosch in its eponymous wine appellation.  The family have farmed this land for generations and have become part of Pinotage history in South Africa. CT de Waal, who was born in the Uiterwyk Manor

Asara MCC Brut 2014 & Dianne Bibby’s Cape Malay Chicken Curry with Roasted Bananas – 24.02.2017

Asara MCC Brut 2014 One of the joys of going to Asara Wine Estate and Hotel is tasting the wines with the winemaking team in the cellar and watching the wines improve over weeks. Chardonnay grapes arriving at the Cellar The Asara MCC Brut 2014 is one such wine. Made in the classical Champagne style

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Merlot 2014 & Ina Paarman’s Individual Beef Wellingtons – 24.02.2016

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Merlot 2014 When I asked Paul de Villiers, Cellarmaster at Landskroon Wine Estate on the South-Western slopes of the iconic Paarl Mountain, who he would like as dinner guests, he said “the previous 5 Pauls, I want to hear about how they made wine.”  Paul V is no slouch at winemaking

Perdeberg The Ploughman Wines, a tribute to Dawid Diederiks – 23.02.2016

The Ploughman Wines Perdeberg Winery echoes the saying of Pliny the Elder, Roman Statesman and Scholar, who said ‘always something new out of Africa,’ for there is always something new out of Perdeberg Cellar. Dawid “Dappies” Diederiks of Klein Môrewag Perdeberg wines is a strategic partner of the state in developing Klein Môrewag to the

Zevenwacht 7even Rosé 2016 & Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Chicken with Roasted Onions, Grapes & Verjuice – 22.02.2017

Zevenwacht 7even Rosé 2016 Zevenwacht, that beautiful Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, is situated on the just north of False Bay, from whence cooling breezes blow in the afternoons to ameliorate the summer heat in the vineyards. The 86% Cabernet Franc grapes used in the Zevenwacht 7even Rosé 2016 are grown on the home

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016 & Anina Meyer’s Simple Tomato Salad with Parsley & Walnut Pesto – 21.02.2017

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016 Chenin Blanc, South Africa’s largest wine grape planting, has been called The Workhorse.  I have always thought this was a bit of an insult, and have thought of it as The Show Pony. It is used in a broad range of wines and wine styles from the driest and most delicate

Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015 & Dianne Bibby’s Smoked Chicken Pasta Salad with Chipotle Dressing – 17.02.2017

Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015 When you are drawing grapes from such distant [from each other] wine appellations and Adam Mason Mulderbosch Winemaker and his viticultural team drive huge distances to get from one to other, put your tongue in your cheek and call your wine Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015. Selecting grapes

Peter Falke PF Blanc de Noirs 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Vietnamese Prawn Salad with Soy Lime Dressing – 17.02.2017

Peter Falke Blanc de Noirs 2016 Peter Falke Winery is on Groenvlei Farm on the Annandale Road set against the Helderberg, part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation known for its fine red wines.  It has a lovely collection of Cape Dutch Buildings, all very classical from the outside but they have been given a real

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc Wooded 2015 & Alida Ryder’s Greek Feta & Phyllo Pies with Honey & Oregano – 16.02.2017

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Chenin Blanc Wooded 2015 For over 75 years, Boland Cellar has sat in the foothills of the iconic Paarl Mountain facing eastwards. With their grape growers placed in five different micro climatic conditions, they have a host of grapes to draw on to make their sublime wines. Some special vineyard

Oldenburg Cabernet Franc Barrel Selection 2014 & Nina Timm’s Gnocchi with meatballs & creamy tomato sauce – 16.02.2017

Oldenburg Cabernet Franc Barrel Selection 2014 There are few wine Estates over which mountains stand towering benignly as Oldenburg, situated high above the Banghoek Valley. In one of the northernmost parts of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, the Estate looks out over the Stellenbosch and Groot Drakenstein Mountains. An enchanting hillock Rondekop sits in the middle

Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 & Ina Paarman’s Seafood Salad with Nectarines – 14.02.2017

Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015 JD Pretorius, Steenberg Wine Estate’s Award winning wine maker, has produced a range of really exciting Méthode Cape Classique wines, and this one, the Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir MCC 2015, is the perfect wine for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Made solely from Pinot Noir grapes harvested by hand off this,

Klein Constantia MCC Brut 2013 & My Valentine’s Salmon Hearts – 13.02.2017

Klein Constantia MCC Brut 2013 Klein Constantia is perfectly situated for the production of wine grapes, red and white. An east facing slope for soft morning sunlight, cooling breezes tumbling gently down the slope from the over-the-mountain cool Benguela current ameliorating the summer heat, as indeed do those from False Bay coming up the slope. 

Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs, perfect Valentine’s Day match with Justine Wall’s Buckwheat Blinis – 10.02.2017

Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs When you have been in the Cap Classique business for as long as the von Arnim Family of Haute Cabrière, they build each and every year on knowledge from previous years and the pleasure given by their wines just increases. Takuan von Arnim doing sabrage Takuan von Arnim, the Estate’s

Boschendal Brut & Brut Rosé & Nadia Graves’s Tomato & Chorizo Tart – 09.02.2017

Lizelle Gerber, Boschendal's White Wine & MCC Maker Lizelle Gerber is the much-awarded white wine and MCC maker at the Boschendal Winery. Long before her time, Boschendal was an early entrant into Méthode Cap Classique, the traditional Champagne style wine with the second fermentation in the bottle, now designated as Méthode Cap Classique. She is