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Postcard from CapeWine 2015: Day 2 Chenin Blanc Party

Our second day in Cape Town began with a Chenin Blanc Party at the Grand Café & Beach in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront area. Looking out over Table Bay we kicked off with a selection of sparkling Chenin Blanc before moving on to a range of mostly dry expressions from a wide range of producers.

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What I’ve been drinking … Mullineux Wines, Journey Wines, Chateau Rauzan Segla

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa, 2011, White Blend Journey Wines, Heathcote, Australia, 2012, Shiraz Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux, France 1983, Bordeaux red The white blend from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in Swartland South Africa is one of my all time favourite white wines. It satisfies so many different requirements being the perfect […]

WOSA Helderberg, vinyards and mountain

Wines of South Africa – now is the time to get onboard!

Helderberg Vineyards. Photographer: Erica Moodie. Credit: WOSA. A celebration of South African wine is taking place in Hong Kong at the moment with Wines of South Africa (WOSA) offering a range of events across the city. In response to a growing export market in China and Hong Kong, WOSA recently opened an office in Hong Kong […]

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New Zealand Chenin Blanc – well worth a look …

In thinking about New Zealand white wines Chenin Blanc is unlikely to be the first variety that comes to mind. In fact, I am told anecdotally that there are less than ten producers in the entire country and with Chenin Blanc accounting for 0.7% of the total production area that is not hard to believe. [1] (Image […]

Journeys End Winery view

The Changing Face of Wines from South Africa

Image credit: Journey’s End Wines Tasted Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Chardonnay, 2011 Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Shiraz, 2007 Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Merlot, 2007 In a previous post I wrote about the challenges Chilean winemakers face in changing consumer perception of their wines, a perception usually formed at the time the wines first entered the market. Naturally, the […]

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Grover Vineyards Cellar Door Visit – Nandi Hills Region, Karnataka, India

Wines Tasted: Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Viogner 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Rosé 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz 2011 Grover Vineyards, La Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2010 A pale blue sky above orange soil, purple wisteria and white frangipani moving gently in the hot, dry […]