Our South Africa Itineraries: Follow Us Day by Day

Tour 1  April 17-25 4/17       Meet in lobby for city tour and welcome dinner at Africa Cafe 4/18     Visit Old Biscuit Mill and Table Mountain 4/19     Walking tour of Kayamandi Township with lunch 4/20     Kanonkop Winery/Waterford/Ken Forrester 4/21     Boekenhoutskloof/Rupert/Moreson 4/22     Babylonstoren/Fairview 4/23     Steenberg/ Eagles Nest/Constantia Glen 4/24     Groot...

Robert Oatley Signature Series McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012

Robert Oatley Signature Series McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012 Despite an RRP of $23, this wine is readily available and often priced around the $18 and $19 mark on special. It’s very well placed and just what you’d look for in a Shiraz at that price point.Lashing of blue fruit, some earthy characters with a little spice tickle. Soft and supple, a generous length follows rounding off a very...

Easy bottle storage

Easy bottle storage Australian Wine Companion: Easy bottle storage Easy bottle storageI don’t know when I’m going to have time to get back into my cellar to continue some long over-due organisation and tidying up, but at least my new supply of cellar tags has arrived. If you don’t know about these, and have single bottle storage, they are very useful www.cellartags.com.auPosted byJames Hallidayat...

Stargazer Derwent Riesling 2013

Stargazer Derwent Riesling 2013 Stargazer, from Sam Connew former winemaker at both Wirra Wirra and the Hunter’s Tower Estate.Stargazer pays tribute to Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, and as Sam puts it: “is about stopping every now and then to look upwards towards the heavens”. Wild fermented with some time on lees, the resultant wine resplendent of apple, lemon and bath salts –...

Montalto The Eleven Chardonnay 2012

Montalto The Eleven Chardonnay 2012 The Montalto Single Vineyard wines are the sort that would apply to Chardonnay lovers, for their quality, along with wine nerds – like myself – for the detail provided on the reverse label.The Montalto ‘The Eleven’ Chardonnay comes off a vineyard sitting at around 100 metres, a single clone – the regionally prominent P58, one of the...

A Quick Word…

A Quick Word… Australian Wine Companion: A Quick Word… A Quick Word…It’s really a strange world, isn’t it? Wine critics and writers around the world have praised the 2008 Penfolds Grange, yet I read that ‘retailers in Australia [are] battling it out in a race to have the cheapest price for the [wine]’.Posted byJames Hallidayat 3:28 PMNewer PostOlder PostHomeSubscribe to:...

Rhino about town

Rhino about town Have you spotted this Rhino roaming around London? Early last month a group of South African winemakers visited the UK for a week of activity under the banner Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa. Not only did they bring some sunshine with them, but they also brought this adorable creature – nicknamed ‘Wino the Rhino’ by the group.Here are some pictures of Wino’s...

Farwell to Kym Ludvigsen

Farwell to Kym Ludvigsen Australian Wine Companion: Farwell to Kym Ludvigsen Farwell to Kym LudvigsenKym Ludvigsen was a gifted and totally committed viticulturist, his premature (accidental) death a loss to both those close to him and to the wider wine industry. Kym was farewelled on Friday at Ararat by family and friends. He began each day at the Ararat Pool, swimming 2kms ‘then did a heavy day...

New York Times Highlights Two Chilean Wineries

New York Times Highlights Two Chilean Wineries For all Inquiries, please call(212) 925-0090My Account My Wishlist My Cart Checkout Blog Log In Contact Us Whoops, our bad… The page you requested was not found, and we have a fine guess why. If you typed the URL directly, please make sure the spelling is correct. If you clicked on a link to get here, the link is outdated. What can you do? Have...