The consumer wine world is forever-changing. People’s tastes are determined by the latest restaurants, trendiest superfoods on supermarket shelves, popular food programs on the telly and of course, what is best suited to enjoy with the weather.
Get Curried Away This Winter. I find wine and curry combinations both exciting and challenging. Feel free to explore and experiment, but there are some golden rules when pairing wine with curry…
The 2017 vintage had laid a few gems in the Benguela Cove crown with the Catalina Semillon 2017 taking the lead in the 2019 SA Platters Guide. Scoring 92 points in the 2019 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, the newly released Benguela Cove Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 has joined these ranks, highlighting that this cool climate estate can do the King of Grapes justice with balance, power and finesse.
South Africans love Shiraz – so much so it is worth having an annual competition to identify the best of the best. This competition also “spills” some light on the array of styles made in South Africa.
Winemaker Johann Fourie thought about naming his small-batch wines like any dad would ponder about the name of his firstborn. Not that this would be the first time he pushes the boundaries, but it would be the first time that Benguela Cove would highlight vineyards with a trajectory of consistent quality.
The energy during harvest time is infectious. The cellar doesn’t sleep. Everyone is working around the clock to assure that all the initial phases of winemaking are soundly set in place. Now the smell of fermenting grape juice is filling the cellar, a smell that evokes a sense of nostalgia. Being in love with wine and everything it encapsulates, I was only a little girl when my mom and grandma introduced us to fermenting must. It was the early days of the Stellenbosch wine route and every formidable baker would que for a liter of this tangy, sweet fermenting grape juice to bake her beloved version of Mosbolletjies.