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KWV unveils duo of remarkable brandies

30 October 2014

KWV today unveiled two remarkable high-end brandies, Nexus 30 Year Old and Héritage XO Cognac, part of an initiative, Finish Great, designed to focus local and international attention on the stellar quality of the KWV brandy portfolio as a whole. ... More»


Platter's 2015 edition launches!

28 October 2014

The 2015 edition of Platter's Guide was launched at a gathering of the who’s who of the South African wine industry at Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel today. ... More»


Guess the cover colour of Platter's 2015 guide and win an invitation to our exclusive invitation-only launch, as well as a bottle each of the White and Red Wines of the Year. For details click here.

Winery of the Week: Sadie Family Wines: Eben Sadie’s vision of rescuing the venerable and largely neglected old bushvine vineyards in the winelands and honouring them through wine, is being realised both on a broad and personal scale. With viticulturist Rosa Kruger, he helped spearhead an awareness which lead to action among like-minded winemakers, and the fruits can be seen in many wine ranges – including Eben’s own Old Vine Series, the latest vintages of which sold out before their official release. Each wine in the series is named after a vineyard site, with the story explained on the back label. All blocks date back to the last century. The oldest is ‘T Voetpad, planted 1900–1928 on the vines’ own roots, ungrafted, and Mev Kirsten from the 1920s, the oldest chenin vineyard in the country. Sadie Family, our prestigious Winery of the Year for 2015, cannot be commended enough for bringing these priceless gems to winelovers at prices that offer astonishing value. Eben’s other wine venture is Sequillo (listed separately), with its own message.

Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Kokerboom 2013


Category: Semillon wooded  

Profound blend semillon blanc & gris from old Olifants River vines yields bone-dry, salty, fino-like tanginess in 2013 (5th vintage but new to this guide). Abundant white pepper spiciness & sweet yellow fruit beneath steely phenolic breadth, focused by lemon & lime. A revelation! Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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The Swartland Revolution

Friday 7 - Saturday 8 November, Riebeek-Kasteel

Quick-off-the-mark booking is essential as soon as tickets become available for this two-day, serious(ly) fun, Swartland-themed tasting of local and international benchmarks, led by maverick winemakers and an overseas wine guru. Dinner, breakfast and breaks provide gourmet homemade delights and surprises. 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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