South Africa

The Wines and Story of the Lily of Saron: Natasha Williams of Lelie van Saron

Tim James of WineMag profiles the inspiring and beautiful story of Natasha’s rise from growing up in a small town in the Swartland without any exposure to alcohol, least of all wine, to becoming the lead winemaker for Bosman Family Vineyards and establishing her own brand.  Tim quotes British biologist Richard Dawkins’s autobiography An Appetite […]
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Palomino: More Than Just a Neutral Variety

Dr. Jamie Goode and Lisse Garnett of Wineanorak went deep into the history and intricacies of Palomino and offered up a very compelling argument for why this overlooked and misunderstood variety should be consumed more often, especially in a non-fortified/oxidized form. In particular, Blackwater’s ‘Pleasure Garden’ was singled out for the commitment to protecting old […]
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Wine Press

South Africa with a Cedilha: Thistle & Weed’s Portuguese Nuance

While not the entirety of the focus of Stephanie Wiid and Etienne Terblanche’s joint venture better known as Thistle & Weed, Portuguese and Iberian grapes as a whole are becoming more important to them.  The idea of sustainability is more than the farming and winemaking practices, as making the correct decisions on grape varieties will often […]
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Trailblazing Natasha Williams of Lelie Van Saron

Malu Lambert sat down with Natasha and was able to get the soft-spoken ‘Lily of Saron’ to open up on her past, present and very bright future.  While not overseeing winemaking for two estates for one of the most respected large growers in South Africa (Bosman Family Vineyards), Natasha produces some really stunning wine under […]
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Orange Wines Have a New Fanbase: Intellego Wines

Orange Wine is here to stay…that is factual.  What seemed like a blip on the wine world radar a decade ago has reinvented itself and found a whole new world of thirsty and curious consumers.  Jurgen Gouws of Intellego wines is at the forefront of these skin contact beauties from South Africa and makes some […]
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Anysbos: Star Studded Releases According to Master of Wine

Greg Sherwood, a London-based Master of Wine is one of the world’s foremost experts on South African wines.  His passion is not only for the classics but also the ‘next-gen’ offerings. Recently he tasted through the new releases from Botrivier’s budding superstar Marelise Niemann of Anysbos. “The first time I tasted the 2017 Disdit white […]
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Wine Press

A Wildling Out in the Berry Fields…Mother Rock

We didn’t call Stompie a wildling as that was the quote from Wine & Spirits Magazine!  His new outpost is definitely beyond The Wall metaphorically speaking as the new Platteklip Vineyard is truly in a world of its own.  Under the Mother Rock, Stompie continues to produce some of the natural wine world’s great values […]
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Wine Press

Vinous Cellar Favorite: Paulus ‘Bosberaad’ Chenin Blanc

Neal Martin has a pretty gifted and spoiled palate, given the sheer amount of world-class and benchmark wines he has tasted. There are not many people on this planet whom have had the superstar wines with decades of age, but Neal has!  Recently one special Swartland Chenin Blanc really capture his emotions and he highlighted […]
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The Changing Face of South African Wine: Forbes Magazine 12 Wines to Try

Tom Mullen from Forbes selects 12 wines to try that reflect the changing nature of the South African wine business.  Our very own Reenen Borman of Boschkloof Wines and Ron Burgundy Wines (Patatsfontein/Sons of Sugarland) makes two of the 12 selected wines. “A gorgeous Syrah” is what one taster had to say about the 2018 […]
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