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Jacobus van Zyl joins Neethlingshof winemaking team

20 November 2014

Historic Stellenbosch wine estate Neethlingshof, part of the Lusan Premium Wines portfolio of top wine properties, has brought a new young winemaker on board to assist cellarmaster De Wet Viljoen. ... More»


First vermentino planted in South Africa

19 November 2014

What is understood to be the first commercial vineyard of Italian white-wine variety vermentino has been established on Slent Farm, home of Ayama Wines, in the Voor Paardeberg wine ward near Paarl. ... More»


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Winery of the Week: DeMorgenzon: This expansive property in the Stellenboschkloof was purchased by Hylton and Wendy Appelbaum in 2003. Since then, the previously Johannesburg-based couple have devoted just some of their impressive energies (both are still involved in business and philanthropic institutions) to having vines replanted across the slopes stretching from 200 to 400 metres above sea level. ‘Chenin and shiraz/syrah are doing well at higher levels, chardonnay lower down,’ says cellarmaster Carl van der Merwe, who believes the best blocks of these three varieties can produce wines of greatest expression of the farm’s terroir. Believing that biodiversity makes for better grapes, the Appelbaums introduced indigenous flora throughout their ‘garden vineyards’. Baroque music continuously piped to the vines is an unusual concept, but something which they feel positively influences ripening.

DeMorgenzon Maestro range Red 2011

Category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux  

Merlot/cab-headed Bordeaux-style blend. 2011 modern, ripe-fruited, supported by fresh juicy acids, fine tannin trim. French oak polish (30% new) complements approachability. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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Stellenbosch Street Soiree

Wednesday 11 March, Stellenbosch

Drostdy Street is the venue for the Stellenbosch Street Soirees, after-work get-togethers offering the perfect remedy for a hectic day at the office and inviting strangers to become friends over a glass of wine and delicious street food. More »

La Motte Classical Music Concert Series: Christmas with Hanneli Rupert & Friends

Friday 5 December, Franschhoek

Celebrate the joy of Christmas with La Motte's owner and celebrated mezzo-soprano, Hanneli Rupert, and some of her special friends in music: Zanne Stapelberg (soprano), Zorada Temming (organ) and Johann Nel (narrator). More »

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