Advent Calendar 2019, Weltevrede Philip Jonker Brut Entheos MCC, a podcast…

From the Jonker Family Estate near Bonnievale comes the sublime Weltevrede Philip Jonker Brut Entheos MCC, made by 4th generation winemaker Philip Jonker, a classical Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend...

Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay 2017, lovely start to a meal with Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Chicken Liver Parfait, Spiced Cranberry Compote & Brioche…

Made from the Estate's own grapes, picked at different times to add complexity, the Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay 2017...

Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cableway Chardonnay 2017 is a perfect partner for Alida Ryder’s Prawn Cocktail Salad…

From a new range of Durbanville Hills Wines, The Collector’s Reserve The Cableway Chardonnay 2017 linking the Winery and the City in wine...

Boschendal Jean le Long Prestige Cuvée Brut Blanc de Blancs 2018, the perfect partner to Sophia Lindop’s Mango, fennel & braaied lobster salad…

One of the finest to come from this historic estate, Boschendal Jean le Long Prestige Cuvée Brut Blanc de Blancs 2018

Pierre Jourdan Tranquille, excellent with Anina Meyer’s Vegetable & Fried Noodle Bowl…

Pierre Jourdan Tranquille, a classic still wine, made from the classical Champagne & Burgundy varieties, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

Wine Concepts – Annual Chardonnay Pinot Noir Celebration 08.06.18…

Michael Bampfield - Duggan, founder of Wine Concepts The annual Wine Concepts Chardonnay Pinot Noir Celebration takes place at The Vineyard Hotel this Friday 8th June. Wine Concepts has two specialist wine shops, one in Newlands and one in Kloof Street. Wine Concepts Newlands, your go-to specialist Wine Emporium All lovers of these two great

De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2016, best served with Ina Paarman’s Lemon Chicken for a crowd – 09.02.2018

The grapes from a tiny, cool, wine appellation in the Witzenberg in Ceres are used to make the De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2016, best served with Ina Paarman’s Lemon Chicken for a crowd.

La Bri Chardonnay 2016 , great match with Tracy Foulkes’s Honey Roasted Fig & Walnut Salad With Balsamic Chicken – 19.01.2018

La Bri Chardonnay 2016 La Bri Vineyards in Franschhoek is set amongst the most impressive mountains which go straight up into the sky in the south eastern corner of this most beautiful wine region. It is blessed with the most perfect little Cape Dutch style Manor house and a cutting-edge technology in its winery.  Irene

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

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

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

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

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

Wine Menu’s Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Festival May 8th

Corlien Morris, Owner of The Wine Menu, Bluebird Shopping Centre, Atholl The Wine Menu Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Festival, which takes on Thursday, May 18, from 18h00 at Killarney Country Club’s Crystal Room.  Festivalgoers will taste more than 80 of South Africa’s best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as those wines from France, Chile

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

Kleine Zalze, our current wines this week…

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2016 Two recent arrivals from which we have had much pleasure this week. Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2016 Kleine Zalze have produced fine wines for about 20 years.  I remember having their Gamay Noir on my wine list in the mid 1990s. The grapes for this

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

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

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

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

De Grendel celebrates a first award of 2017 with the De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2015

De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2015 The leading European drinks trade publication, The Drinks Business, named The De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2015 as one of the best-performing Chardonnays under £20 in The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2016. Winners included wines from Sicily, to Israel and Australia. According to The Drinks Business, what makes the wines special is their judging process.  Each

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

Current Wines, Eikendal & Wildehurst…great drinking

Two wines we have tasted over this weekend are well worth a mention. Current White Wine in the Fridge Eikendal Chardonnay 2015 Complex and elegant, this wine is pronounced by Eikendal’s winemaker Nico Grobler as “This is the best I’ve made.” Made from four different clones planted on different sites and different planting densities.  Each

Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay Brut & Lizet Hartley’s Corn fritters with salmon & lemon-dill crème fraîche – 20.01.2017

Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay Brut Steenberg Wine Estate is one of the oldest in the Constantia Wine Appellation having been granted to the Widow Ras in 1682. The modern Steenberg boasts not only a fine array of sublime wines, but also two excellent restaurants, the Bistro 1682 with Kerry Kilpin as Chef and Catharina’s with Archie

Peter Falke Chardonnay 2015 & Hein van Tonder’s Sardine & Fennel Pasta – 24.01.2017

Peter Falke Chardonnay 2015 Groenvlei Farm, hugging the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation is the home of Peter Falke Wines. Perfect situation for wine grape growing with the cooling breezes coming up in the late afternoon off False Bay which ameliorate the heat of summer afternoons. Chardonnay grapes ripening on

Current Wines, La Petite Ferme & Dragon Ridge – 17.01.2017

These are the wines we have been drinking over the last couple of days. Current white wine in the fridge La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 The La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 is made up of 50% grapes from their own Franschhoek Vineyards and the balance from deep down south in the

Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2015, and a visit to the Delaire Graff Restaurant – 06.01.2017

Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2015 We recently visited Delaire Graff for a wine tasting of Morné Vrey’s wonderful wines, with Johann Laubser, the Estate’s General Manager.  We returned there for tasting and lunch at his invitation with our children on the day before Christmas. The view from the Delaire Graff Restaurant One of the wines

Sauvage La Bri 2011 & Justine Wall’s Anchovies & Cucumber – 06.01.2017

Sauvage La Bri 2011 Irene Waller, GM and Winemaker for La Bri Estate in the south east corner of the Franschhoek Valley, has realised a dream, long in the making to produce a Méthode Cap Classique wine. Following the tradition Champagne method of a second fermentation in the bottle, allows the wine to be designated

KWV’s Double Festive Delight with Berry Glazed Gammon with Candied Apples & Fresh Berries By Mynhardt Joubert, TV personality & well-known chef

Mynhardt Joubert, KWV Consultant Chef Christmas is my absolute best time of the year because it is filled with smells and goodwill that no other time of the year can convey.  Gammon is an iconic Christmas meat to cook and this recipe offers double festive delight because it can be served hot or cold. With

Lemon Risotto with Chicken, Mushrooms & Chives – Anina Meyer

Anina Meyer's Lemon Risotto with Chicken, Mushrooms & Chives Anina says: “Dinnertime.  The time to feed the crowds.  This time, you don’t need to worry about dinner too much, since I already have you sorted. So let us shed some light on this amazing Lemon Risotto with Chicken, Mushrooms and Chives. I love risotto.  From

Langostino Mac & Cheese with Crispy Bacon & Chives – Cheryl Bennett

Pook's Pantry Langostino Mac & Cheese with Crispy Bacon & Chives – Cheryl Bennett Cheryl says: ‘While I still enjoy plain macaroni and cheese (probably more than I should), I wanted to “fancy it up” a bit and add in sweet langostinos with a handful of crispy bacon.  (Langostinos look like tiny lobsters, but are

Spinach, Apple & Fennel Salad with Spiced Yogurt – Anina Meyer

Anina Meyer's Spinach, Apple & Fennel Salad with Spiced Yogurt Anina offers her fresh, healthy and low carb salad of spinach, apple and fennel with an insanely delicious spiced yogurt dressing. Preparation time 10 minutes Servings 2 Ingredients 2 cups chopped spinach 1/2 fennel bulb sliced 2 apples sliced fennel leaves for garnish 1 cup

Corder Family Vineyards Cool Climate Chardonnay 2014 – 26.08.2105

Corder Family Vineyards Cool Climate Chardonnay 2014 Ian and Anette Corder have a mantra – more time on the vine = superior flavour in the wine. They are of course helped by where they farm. The Elgin Valley is known as the ultimate cool climate wine appellation. Cool mist over Corder Family Vineyard Cool Climate