South Africa

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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South Africa

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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Tim James on Blackwater Wines…

“I’m not going to claim that all of these are the greatest wines of the new South Africa, and nor would Francois, but I can honestly say that it’s hard to find a range that gives me greater drinking pleasure on release (and I have drunk all of these wines with and without food, not […]
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NY Times: 20 Wines Under $20 That Revive and Restore – Storm Point

The fall of 2020 had a great deal of uncertainty coming out of the worst pandemic of our lifetimes and minimizing every mistake along the way was always at the back of everyone’s mind.  Eric Asimov of the New York Times highlighted his top 20 values under $20 to help alleviate those mistakes and we […]
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Wine Press

Franco Lourens Achieves New Heights with the 2019s

Christian Eedes, one of the foremost critics and tastemakers of South African wines recently went through Franco’s precise and elegant ’19s and was floored by the quality of the young winemaker.  Now sharing a shed in Paarl with Lukas Van Loggerenberg, Franco is focused on his brand entirely and will continue to grow into his […]
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