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Cabernet Franc Challenge 2017 Winners announced

By Admin | 27 March 2017

Cabernet Franc is a fashionable grape variety that is suited to the South African climate. Increasingly producers are focusing on single variety wines rather than using Cabernet Franc as part of a blend. With quality improving year on year and some outstanding wines being produced, it is inevitable that a competition would be launched. Now in its second year, the South African Cabernet Franc Challenge has announced the winners.

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New flagship range from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines released

By Claudia | 24 March 2017

Since 2013, Andrea and Chris Mullineux have been working on a new wine project with their partner Analjit Singh and today they have just announced the release of a new flagship portfolio of wines called Leeu Passant -  a name derived from heraldry, where a “Lion Passant” is a walking lion. 

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New tastings added to our events page

By Admin | 23 March 2017

New tastings and winemaker dinners have been added to our events page.

There are winemaker dinners at Hammer & Tongs and High Timber.

Join Slurp Wines at South Africa House on 11th May and taste over 50 South African wines. Master of Wine, Sally Easton will host a tutored tasting and you will also be able to meet Jean-Claude Martin, winemaker at Creation Wines. Tickets are £25.

Wozani and the Three Wine Men are back  at South Africa House on 12th September.

Click here to find out more about these tastings on our events page. 

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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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