Everything you want to know about South African wine, brought to you by the country's favourite wine adviser

Everything you want to know about South African wine, brought to you by the country's favourite wine adviser

Muratie appoints Hattingh de Villiers as new winemaker

17 July 2014

Muratie, the historic Melck family wine estate near Stellenbosch, has appointed a new winemaker. ... More»


From wine farm labourer to managing partner

15 July 2014

Erik Phinallephe, who started his career in wine 18 years ago as a labourer on Stellenbosch wine-grape farm Werda, has been welcomed as a new member-grower at Stellenbosch Hills Wines after being appointed managing partner in the business. ... More»


The Robertson Wine Valley Festival will bring the Cape winelands to Kievits Kroon Country Estate just outside Pretoria with a feast of wine, gourmet food, organic produce and handmade crafts on the weekend of 2 and 3 August 2014, and you and four friends could join in the fun compliments of Platter's Guide and Robertson Wine Valley. Follow our feeds on Facebook and Twitter for details about this great giveaway.

Winery of the Week: Rhebokskloof Wine Estate: Owners and winemakers have come and gone at this centuries-old Paarl estate since its wines first appeared in this guide in 1991. Current proprietors Siebrits and Albie Laker of civils group ASLA are determined for Rhebokskloof to be a Top 10 South African winery, and extensive replanting and repositioning of the wine, hospitality and tourism businesses has begun. To this end, celebrated Francois Naudé (L’Avenir, Chateau Naudé) joined as cellarmaster from harvest 2013.

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Rhebokskloof range Shiraz 2010

 Good Value

Category: Shiraz/syrah  

New bottling of 2010 eschews dollops grenache & mourvèdre in last edition's offering; clean mulberry fruit in harmony with oak, 30% new. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Reuben’s Wine & Dine Evening

Wednesday 27 August, Cape Town

Graham Beck Wines join famed chef Reuben Riffel, sommelier Luvo Ntezo and charismatic MC and One&Only brand ambassador Aubrey Ngcungama to present a deluxe 5-course dinner, superb wine and top-notch entertainment. More »

Kloovenburg Christmas Market

Saturday 13 December, Riebeek Valley

Do some country Christmas shopping in the convivial surroundings of the Du Toit family’s historic wine and olive farm in Riebeek-Kasteel. Besides Kloovenburg’s wines and array of olive products (including a range of special Christmas gift packs), seasonal goodies from the Riebeek Valley will be for sale. More »

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