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 Mountain Vineyards Reserve range Black Marble Hill Syrah 2011

Category: Shiraz/syrah  |  sub-category: Shiraz/syrah

Serious (20 months all-new oak), handcrafted flagship in striking etched black glass bottle. Smoky 2011 concentrated yet not weighty; savoury tang lifts controlled tannins. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Chefs Who Share - The Art Of Giving

Thursday 11 September, Cape Town

Hosted amid the Edwardian elegance of Cape Town’s City Hall, this black-tie evening gala will once again draw together 14 award-winning South African chefs, as well as seven top sommeliers, to create a food-and-wine pairing experience par excellence. More »

The Mercury Wine Week

Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 August, Durban

In its 36th year, KwaZulu-Natal’s longest-standing wine show lets you discover hundreds of wines and walk away with your favourites at the best prices. New is the Grindrod Bank Wine Theatre, featuring three dedicated tastings each night hosted by individual wine estates. More »

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