Opinion

Classic Pinotages dominate the ABSA top 20

Classic Pinotages dominate the ABSA top 20

 The only coffee approved by the Absa Top 10 panel was the cup served after the tasting. Classic Pinotages, many with a long track record, dominate the top 20 wines out of which the esteemed Absa Top 10 will be chosen. Pinotage bastions like Beyerskloof, Kanonkop...
Living on the light side of life

Living on the light side of life

To launch a Sauvignon Blanc in winter is a risky affair, but with the warm and summery weather we have been having in Cape Town and the winelands recently, Flat Roof Manor was spot on with their new light and low-cal Sauvignon 2011 – crisp, fresh and refreshing...
The other Sadie

The other Sadie

There are pros and cons to having Sadie as a surname if you are not The Sadie – especially if you’re making white blends in the Swartland. On the one hand, every wine geek pays attention when they hear your name; while on the other, you are likely to live in the...
Sugar, spice … and all things nice

Sugar, spice … and all things nice

 When one of my friends who worked in South Korea for two years, came to visit, we decided to put the local Asian cuisine to the test. Although Stellenbosch doesn’t have a wide selection, Simply Asia always offers a culinary feast while giving your...
The Sequillo Revolution

The Sequillo Revolution

  The pencil lines logo summarises the Sequillo branding and approach – work in progress. Eben Sadie’s exciting but more affordable Sequillo wines have recently undergone a complete metamorphosis after “Sequillo Cellars have been too closely...
Stellenbosch dining scene goes to town

Stellenbosch dining scene goes to town

 With the opening of Casparus restaurant and The Hussar Grill, it seems as if the culinary offerings within the  Stellenbosch town precincts are increasingly gaining on that of the celebrated surrounding wine estate restaurants. Even though the likes of Rust...

Chardonnay – to oak or not to oak

Is that really the question Not wanting to ride on the old and tired wave of comparing wooded and unwooded versions of this noble grape, which, in all honesty is like trying to compare apples and pears (pardon the cliché), I would rather like to praise the...
House wine woes

House wine woes

By Edo Heyns The intention of this post is not to name and shame. I will therefore rather focus on what could be done, instead of just moaning about the muck that is often filling the ‘one-drink’ wine glasses in the middle of the Winelands....

Eben Sadie targeted with vandalism

South Africa’s own maverick winemaker from the Swartland, Eben Sadie, suffered a shocking act of vandalism at his cellar in Priorat, Spain, where he makes his Dits del Terra wine. According to reports, this happened on the 13th of June at his Terroir al Limit...
What’s the plan for Pinotage?

What’s the plan for Pinotage?

By Edo Heyns Pinotage seemed to be haunting me the past month. Without any specific reason, SA’s beloved bastard miraculously kept popping up in conversations, tastings and glasses. About a month ago I tasted what I perceive to be one of the best examples...
The base of bubbles

The base of bubbles

Méthode Cap Classique Association chairperson Pieter Ferreira jokingly said that anyone who spends a morning tasting through a line-up of 43 base wines, has to have bubbles in his or her blood. True – base wines are neutral, acidic and anything but an...
Cheering for the under dog

Cheering for the under dog

We all know, and love, the big guns of our vino world – Sauvignon, Chenin, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot – the list goes on. With the awards-season upon us, it’s also mostly these well-known varieties and big-brand blends that walk...