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Five-star-lauded Tokara relaunches Deli under new management

19 December 2014

Five-star-lauded Stellenbosch winery Tokara has relaunched its popular Deli under new management to provide visitors with a more casual alternative to the estate’s fine-dining options. ... More»

 

Bouchard Finlayson offers a new wine & nature experience

17 December 2014

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley wine estate Bouchard Finlayson, a Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) Champion, has introduced a special winetasting experience that includes guided nature walks through its pristine section of the Cape Floral Kingdom. ... More»

 
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Winery of the Week: Le Riche Wines: This Stellenbosch winery - firmly settled in its own home after many years in rented space - is a quintessentially family one. Etienne le Riche founded the label after moving from Rustenberg in the mid-1990s, building his reputation as one of the Cape's leading exponents of fine, long-lived cabernet sauvignon. (Chardonnay is a relatively recent addition.) Son Christo took charge of winemaking in 2010 - assisted by the experienced Mark Daniels, and no doubt by Christo's redoubtable father and sister Yvonne. The latter is fully involved in the winery, giving 'opinion and direction when Christo’s ideas become too extravagant'. The smallholding on which the new cellar was built has some vines, but grapes for the Le Riche cuvées continue to be sourced around Stellenbosch.

Le Riche Wines Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Category: Cabernet sauvignon  

Name previously alluded to CWG. 2011 single-vineyard bottling, 24 months new French oak. Seductive cocoa-rich dark chocolate, blackcurrants & violets. The tannins are supple & savoury, with dried herb tones. Years off its peak, as befits its status. Wine tasted by Christine Rudman More »

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Hidden Years Festival At Paul Cluver Amphitheatre

Saturday 7 March, Elgin

Not-for-profit Thembalitsha Foundation and Paul Cluver Wines join forces to uplift and develop communities in Elgin and Grabouw through the family-friendly Hope@PaulCluver season of live events, featuring the cream of SA’s musical talent performing in a woodland amphitheatre. Tonight’s festival celebrates the life and music of some of SA’s foremost protest singers, folk musicians and singer/songwriters and the two men, David Marks and the late Ben Segal, who had the foresight to record their music. More »

Backsberg Picnic Concert Featuring Mean Black Mamba

Sunday 22 February, Paarl

Staged among vineyards and gardens, Backsberg's popular Sunday picnic concerts let you, family and friends enjoy a glass of wine, feast on lamb wraps or beef burgers, and unwind to the gritty and hard-hitting sounds of Mean Black Mamba, exponents "afro swamp gospel". More »

 
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