Wine: Neethlingshof Short Story Collection "Jackal’s Dance" Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Winery Location: Stellenbosch Cellarmaster: De Wet Viljoen Winemaker: Jacobus van Zyl Background: In 2009 The Neethlingshof wine estate outside Stellenbosch launched a highly successful reserve tier of wines, made exclusively from hand-picked grapes, which are named The Short Story Collection. They draw...

Wine of Origin: Durbanville Winemaker: Etienne Louw Background: The results of the 2017 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition were announced earlier this month and there were some pleasant surprises in the top ten, one of them being the delicious Groot Phesantekraal Sauvignon Blanc 2017. A mere 20...

Wine of Origin: Swartland Winemaker: Emul Ross Background: No stranger to the wine world, Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, has since 1981 produced fine Burgundy style wines from his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown on his property in the Hemel en Aarde Valley outside Hermanus. Countless...

Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Winemaker: Hattingh de Villiers Background: Rivalry between wineries can actually be a lot of fun and so it is between two respected wineries namely Muratie Wine Estate and Du Toitskloof Winery. Over the past few years they have the Muratie-Du Toitskloof – Cook Off and the...

Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Background:  Sharing and enjoying wine with friends often leads to the formation of an informal “wine club” which will meet on a regular basis to try out new wines and perhaps enjoy them with food as well. Some clubs are perhaps a little...

Wine of Origin: Elgin Winemaker: Miles Mossop Viticulturist: Aiden Morton Background: The premium wines produced from the winery, Tokara, are named the Reserve Collection range. The wines are made from site specific vineyards (on both their Elgin and Stellenbosch properties) which were selected by using the specialised NDVI process This process captures...

Wine of Origin: Elim Winery Location: Cape Town Winemaker: Trizanne Barnard Background: One of the Capes foremost women wine makers, Trizanne Barnard, established her own brand in 2008, Trizanne Signature Wines (TSW). Having had previous experience working harvests in France, Portugal, and Australia as well as being the winemaker of a few...

Wine of Origin:  Stellenbosch Winery Location:  Paradyskloof Winemaker: Nicky Claasens Background: Not only a legend in the rugby fraternity but also in the wine industry is Jan Boland-Coetzee owner and Cellarmaster of Vriesenhof Vineyards. His interest in Pinot Noir started over 38 years ago and since then he has been...

Wine of Origin: Western Cape Winery location: Constantia Winemaker: JD Pretorius Background: Steenberg Vineyards, the oldest farm in the Constantia Valley, has added a rose to their HMS range of wines. The HMS range comprise’s of fruit from selected vineyards which may not all be from the Constantia region. Winemaker, JD Pretorius,...

Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Winery location: Sir Lowry’s Pass Winemaker: Leon Esterhuizen Background: Close to the Sir Lowry’s Pass village, you will discover Journeys End situated on the south west facing slopes of the Schaapenberg Hills. The vines are planted on excellent soils for wine and the vineyards benefit from the cool...