How to make the perfect crème brûlée

How to make the perfect crème brûlée
30 June 2015 • General
Master the art of this classic custard.

by: Julie Donald

Crème brûlée is super easy to cook and makes you look like a dinner party rock star because you can prepare them well in advance and just do the flame thrower bit for a party trick!

Versatile flavourings

The most common flavouring for crème brûlée is vanilla. The flavour is added by infusing the cream with the desired flavourant - so in the case of vanilla, slice the vanilla pod in half and scrape out the seeds then add the seeds and the pod to the cream while it is heating and allow to infuse. Strain out the pod before mixing with the egg yolks, leaving behind the gorgeous vanilla seed flecks.

In place of vanilla pods, substitute ginger and lemongrass (finely sliced), grated zest of lemon or orange, coarsely ground coffee beans. The list is virtually endless!  Or used 5ml... read more »

The Mackenzie strikes Gold

The Mackenzie strikes Gold
23 June 2015 • General
Named after the Mackenzie family in a 400-year lineage of owners, The Mackenzie 2012 has earned a place amongst some of the world’s finest, by winning a Gold medal at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

The awards were announced on 14 June 2015.

The DWWA, established in 2004 by Decanter Magazine, is regarded as the world’s largest and most influential wine competition, which is chaired by a panel of international and highly influential judges. Decanter consultant editor, Steven Spurrier headed this year’s panel, and was assisted by the vice-Chair Gerard Basset OBE MS MW. Together they were joined by a panel of 240 judges, which included 85 Masters of Wine and 23 Master Sommeliers. Sixteen thousand wines from twenty-two countries were judged.

The Mackenzie 2012, made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes, signifies the regeneration of Hartenberg and... read more »

Father's Day

Father's Day
6 June 2015 • General
father's day gift packs


This Father's Day we have selected some vinoteque wines to include in our gift pack offers for dad.

Recently re-released Shiraz 2006, the much sort after Shiraz 2009 and award winning Shiraz 2012 are included as a 3 pack offering at R450 per pack. A top pick of Estate Shiraz from the last nine years.  An absolute must for the Shiraz fan.

We're offerign 3 great vintages of the ever popular Cabernet Shiraz blend, 2010, 2011 and 2012. These wines are easy drinking, great food wines too. This gifts comes with an aerator. Your wines will really come to life. this gift set is available for R250.

Contact our Cellar door or Sales to purchase your gift set.


How wine has changed since 1985

23 May 2015 • General
The following is a longer version of an article written to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Financial Times’ celebrated FT Weekend published every Saturday. The picture was taken at the Palazzo Antinori in Florence in 1985 or 1984 when we were filming the second series of The Wine Programme for Channel 4. Note the spec size (they were bright red and as quintessentially eighties as the shoulder pads). 

When FT Weekend was launched 30 years ago, Nick and I were returning from Australia, a country that was yet to launch its wine exporting offensive on the rest of the world., In 1985 it was shipping only 2% of its wine abroad, as opposed to 60% today.

Australian vine growers were busy planting Chardonnay, rueing all the unfashionable red wine vine varieties they had in the ground. By then virtually all the world’s wineries were equipped with some form of... read more »

The Jaw-Dropping Wines of South Africa’s Stellenbosch District

23 May 2015 • General

Many of the photos we see of South African vineyards–positioned in front of striking granite mountains,–are from the Stellenbosch area. It contains the most developed winelands; it is home to an important wine University (University of Stellenbosch); and it is the center of wine tourism. In short, Stellenbosch is to South African wine much like Napa is to Californian wine.

TIP: Stellenbosch is a sub-region, or district, within the Coastal Region

Of course, finding good wine from Stellenbosch can be challenging because there are so many producers. However, there is a secret to exploring the area. The highest rated wines tend come from vineyards that are on alluvial fans of the granite mountains. The wines from these locations are often described as having a subtle mineral note which many believe is from the decomposed granite soils. The granite mountains are approximately 600 million years old, over 3... read more »
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