SIJNN – The opening of a new cellar in a new area – by Angela Lloyd

In today’s crowded wine world, being a winemaker is challenging enough but there are creative people out there for whom the real challenge lies in the unknown. For David and Rita Trafford the unknown lay in 125 hectares of stony soil close to the mouth of the Breede River at a place called Malgas. It was an area devoid of vines until they purchased the farm they named Sijnn (pronounced ‘sane’,...

Post event feedback – Wozani, London

Top 100 continues to make inroads in marketing and showcasing the fine South African wines at international events. June saw a Top 100 stand at the London SA Embassy / Wozani event two weeks ago. What a fine wine promotion it was, with a fabulous line up of sixteen of SA’s best wines.  Top 100 was the only branded stand on the entire floor!  The logo and high visibility presence resulted in the...

Klein Constantia Renaissance – by Fiona McDonald

“How often do we get a chance to taste four decades of Sauvignon Blanc?” was the question posed by Klein Constantia’s MD Hans Astrom to a select group of tasters in early May. Few producers in the world – even in Sancerre, France, the heartland of the tangy white grape – would be hard pressed to put on such a unique tasting. “We have the luxury of having a few older bottles in our cellars...

Off the beaten track… – By Malu Lambert

The Voor-Paardeberg, is a place of bounteous nature, creative wine-making and characters galore. The majority of the estates offer tastings by appointment only: which is easily arranged, and sometimes you get one-on-one time with the winemakers or owners of the farm. And that’s just what we did on a short tour of the area. Flower power at Vondeling We arrive at Vondeling’s newly built tasting room...

Wine & Poker, not the odd couple it used to be

Wine & Poker, not the odd couple it used to be via Cape Town Wine: When columnist, author, and hotshot poker player Victoria Coren Mitchell made headlines this week by becoming the first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour, it wasn’t just because she was a woman. Somewhat of a big deal was made out of the fact that while she was busy racking up her £391,392 cash purse, she also...

Finding the best

Finding the best As you peruse the wine aisles in your local wine merchant or supermarket, you may have seen a bottle or two proudly sporting a gold, silver or bronze medal sticker from one of the many international wine competitions. These competitions aim to find the very best wines from the entries and give you, the consumer, a guide to what the wine experts believe are the finest wines on the...

20 Years of democracy in South African wine

20 Years of democracy in South African wine While the industry is focused on achieving the quality standards that will ensure commercialsuccess, there is also a realisation that if this is to be maintained over time, then all farmingpractices need to be both environmentally sustainable and socially responsible, and South Africaleads the way in terms of production integrity and sustainability. Following...

Top 100 Wine Challenge Update & Jamie’s article

Top 100 Wine Challenge Update & Jamie’s article The 2014 Challenge has now entered its final week of entries which will close on Friday, 7th March @ 17:00. If you haven’t entered yet, be sure to do so via the online entry process by Friday.Key announcement:Top 100 will be releasing their all new Top 100 App on the 10th April at the Award Ceremony.   The App moves Top 100 and all winning...

Top 100 Wine Challenge update & Greg’s feature article

Top 100 Wine Challenge update & Greg’s feature article The Sochi Winter Olympics may have closed on Sunday…but the Top 100 SA Wine Olympics are still open for entries, with judging starting on Monday 17th March.  (No curling teams please!)With just 8 working days remaining for vineyards to enter their wines into the 2014 Challenge, we felt that a gentle reminder was due.For more information...

Cape Town is so hot right now

Cape Town is so hot right now Not only is Cape Town warm and sunny at this time of year (the sun is the large yellow thing that used to appear in the sky before The Rain began, it still exists elsewhere) it is currently shaping up as one of the hottest city destinations for UK travellers in 2014. Recently voted Number Three City in the World on the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 Top Cities...

A wine worthy of contemplation

A wine worthy of contemplation via Cape Town Wine: Amongst the diverse and enjoyable wines that added sparkle to the holidays, one stood out from all others. A wine collector and bon vivant, Jude, personal chef to the Canadian Ambassador in Oslo, Norway, shared a Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2007 with us to celebrate Christmas Eve. Co-owner of Kanonkop Estate, Paul Krige’s vision for the...

Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2014 – Press release

Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2014 – Press release .Ultra Liquors and Top 100 SA Wines are pleased to announce a sales facing joint venture collaboration.ULTRA LIQUORS, the leading independent liquor retailer and wine specialist, are very pleased to announce an active and supporting interest in this year’s 2014 Top 100 SA Wine Challenge.‘All winning wines that suit the profile of our wine category...

Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2010

Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2010 via Cape Town Wine: Don’t you just love Thierry and Guy’s hippo? This turned out to be a wine with an appealing label which followed through to the bottle contents. Like the hippo, they please with mouth-filling fatness. Beautifully crisp with distinct lime and vanilla flavours to begin with, it stays on the palate for the longest time. South African Winemaker...

Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2014 – Update

Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2014 – Update Late breaking news!We thought you would be pleased to see the sales facing joint venture collaboration below: ULTRA LIQUORS, the leading independent liquor retailer and wine specialist, are very pleased to announce an active and supporting interest in this year’s 2014 Top 100 SA Wine Challenge.‘All winning wines that suit the profile of our wine category...

A wine to stop you in your tracks

A wine to stop you in your tracks via Cape Town Wine: Premier Stellenbosch producer, Jordan Wine Estate, has a second label, Chameleon, which seriously over- Jordan Chameleon Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008 delivers on price. The Chameleon Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008 has a bold nose with layers of leather, dark ripe fruit , cassis, mint and violet aromas. The tannins are soft and there is...

Premier Helen Zille at the Gugulethu Wine Festival 2011

Premier Helen Zille at the Gugulethu Wine Festival 2011 via Cape Town Wine: The Gugulethu Square Mall rooftop was the venue for this uber successful wine fest. This mall is the newest development in the township which is situated 15km outside of Cape Town, Western Cape. Successful local entrepreneur, Mzoli Ngcawuzel was part of the driving force to establish Gugulethu Square Mall as well as...

Red wine, luck or lose.

Red wine, luck or lose. via Cape Town Wine: Yesterday evening, the warm north west wind was blowing which is always a sure sign that twelve to twenty-four hours later a serious Winter storm will blast the Cape Of Storms. We simply had to get down to our jetty to enjoy a glass of red wine and the full moon on this Indian Summer night. Red wine substitute After unpacking the wine cupboard and...

Fathers’ Day treat from Diemersfontein/Raats

Fathers’ Day treat from Diemersfontein/Raats via Cape Town Wine: If I were the father of my children I’d be delighted if they presented me with Woolworths Limited Release Cabernet Franc 2007 from Diemersfontein/Raats on Sunday. Limited Release Diemersfontein/Raats Cabernet Franc 2007 This wine is a collaboration between Bruwer Raats, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc specialist of Raats...

Mandela: Long walk to freedom

Mandela: Long walk to freedom Recently, Jo and I went to see the much publicised film, Mandela: Long walk to freedom. We approached the film with a little apprehension, mainly because Mandela was such a well known figure and there is a great deal of real coverage about his life available in the public arena. We wondered if it would be strange to watch someone else portraying such a famous, high...

Midwinter in Cape Town

Midwinter in Cape Town via Cape Town Wine: I never take for granted the gorgeous country that we live in and even less, our corner of Woolworths Limited Release TMV Spectrum 2008 paradise on the banks of Zandvlei. It’s hard to think that today was the shortest day in the year, supposedly the middle of Winter, and we found ourselves enjoying the early sunset, on the jetty with our canine...