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33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction exceeds expectations

By Admin | 1 October 2017

Diversity and innovative winemaking reaped rich rewards at the 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction at Spier in the Stellenbosch Winelands over the weekend, with total sales exceeding R13,2 million and a new record price for a case of wine.

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Benguela Cove Wins South Africa Young Wine, National Champion Awards and Five Gold Medals

By Admin | 29 September 2017

South Africa-based entrepreneur Penny Streeter has won gold and silver medals at the South African Young Wine Show for all 16 of the wines from the Benguela Cove vineyard, acquired in 2013.  This is one of the oldest wine shows in the world and annually showcases the best wines of the country’s new vintage.

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Klein Constantia triumphs at the CSWWC Awards 2017

By Admin | 29 September 2017

Klein Constantia 2013 Brut was named Best South African Sparkling Wine at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017 Awards Dinner at Vintner’s Hall in London, in front of an audience of over 120 international winemakers, producers and journalists.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Recently I took part as one of the three judges in a tasting of Chenin Blanc wines from around the world for The World of Fine Wine. This is a high-end wine magazine that's aiming to cover the world's best wines, and in each issue they have reports on a number of focused tastings, and this was one of them.   The good thing about these tastings is that rather than simply produce a group average score (they do this too), they give the scores of each of the three judges. This is interesting because it lets you see where the experienced judges disagree. For me, one of the most interesting things about fine wine is that even experts come to different conclusions, sometimes. In some cases this could be because even the best tasters have off-moments. Tasting blind is tricky and sometimes you just get a wine wrong. But in other cases, experts genuinely disagree. Wine is complex, and even if we try hard, our personal tastes can get in the way when we try to reach a consensus.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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