Poolside drinking? Go for the fishy.

Something fishy seems to be happening in the wine industry… and I’m not talking artificial flavouring or SAA wine tenders, I’m talking labels. Fish on wine labels seem to be code for ‘summer quaffer’, as inevitably whenever there is a fish on a wine label the contents of the bottle is likely to be white, crisp, zesty and easy to drink. Wines to be enjoyed ice cold, in the sun, while eating produce from the sea.

I like this. The label doesn’t lie or looks all pompous in an attempt to make what’s in the bottle seem fancier than it really is. Fish equals quaffer. It is as simple as that.

Baleia Bay wines in the Overberg region and Springfield from Robertson wine valley have both released such wines. Continue reading

De Wetshof Thibault 2009: The blueprint of a fine wine

De Wetshof wine estate in Robertson, famous for its seamless Chardonnay and classic Pinot Noir, has added a Bordeaux-style blend to its wine repertoire, called De Wetshof Thibault 2009.

Home to the famous Nature in Concert Pinot Noir, De Wetshof wine estate has a reputation for producing wines that are delicate and Old World in style. The De Wets – father Danie de Wet, mother Lesca and sons Peter and Johann – they, in turn, are known for being a sentimental bunch. A reputation which resonates with the wine drinker who knows that wine is not just about grapes.

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Classic glitz at the TAJ

Glitzy wine folk were out in full force on Friday evening to attend the prestigious TAJ Classic Wine Trophy awards.

The results in this annual wine competition are determined by a panel of French judges who adjudicate our local produce in order to recognize, reward and promote the elegance, balance, finesse and ageability in South African wines. Continue reading