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 »

Sugar in Wine, The Great Misunderstanding

20 May 2015 • General
Sugar in Wine, The Great Misunderstanding

“I have a beautiful Riesling that would go great with your dinner.” “No thanks, I don’t like sweet wines. I will just have a Coke.”

A dialog that has played out countless times.

How many of us think that a Coke is less sweet than the average Riesling or sweet wine? Would you be surprised to learn that Coke has about the same level of sugar, at 108 g/L, as some of the sweetest dessert wines? For example, a 5 puttonyos Tokaji Aszu has 120 g/L of residual sugar (a 4 puttonyos has 90). By the way if you have never had a 5 puttonyos Tokaji, try one, they’re outstanding!

All of these wines (and the coke) taste sweet, but as you can see, sweetness is usually a matter of perception.

Sweetness is a perception. Bitterness, like the caffeine in colas, or tannins in... read more »

Zero Carbon Footprint Cork goes on Sale

20 May 2015 • General
Wine lovers now have a new way to seal their bottles as world's first zero carbon footprint cork goes on sale at Waitrose


Select Bio cork is said to be world's first zero carbon footprint wine closure

It is made from plant-based biopolymer derived from Brazilian sugar cane

Gives wine drinkers a third option in the traditional cork v screw-top debate

Latter criticised for releasing up to 25 times more CO2 than traditional cork


Wine lovers everywhere could finally have the answer to the cork versus screw-top debate.

Whether a wine bottle should have a traditional cork or the more convenient, yet environmentally unfriendly screw-top has become a favourite middle-class discussion point at the dinner table.

But with the creation of what has been billed as the world's first carbon-neutral, fully recyclable third option - now on sale at Waitrose - wine drinkers may have the best of both worlds.

World first: The... read more »
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