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Blog: Behind the Cellar Door

Unearth the secrets of the winelands. Meet the winemakers, tour our favourite wine regions, and learn to taste, select and pair wines just like a pro.
Surviving Janu-worry

Surviving Janu-worry: our top wines under R100

It comes as no surprise that the month of January is the most dreaded of the year. After Christmas the bills seem to pile up – (not to mention credit card debt) – and once the fun and festivities of the holidays are over and the lights and decorations are taken down, our mood can be low too.

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Summer wines - Indaba chenin

Summer wine selection (pink and orange are the new black)

Orange and pink are the new black… and for summer we just love the lighter, refreshing wines coming from our favourite Blanc de Noirs and Rosés (with or without bubbles!). Perfect to refrigerate, often lower in alcohol (who needs a hangover in summertime!) and just so incredibly moreish.

A little aside, someone once said that Blanc de Noir was just a fancy word for Rosé, and while some like to believe that, there is a difference. READ MORE

Floral Notes - Good Wine Shop blog

Floral notes – Discover wines inspired by the perfumes of Mother Nature

We often use the term “floral notes” in the description of a wine, or hear of “flower aromas” on the nose. What exactly does this refer to when it comes to wine? And where do these floral wine aromas come from? Not only do certain wines give off a particularly floral aromatic, but one can even go as far as to identify the specific type of “bouquet”.

Sound a bit flowery? We went to our winemakers to brush up on our knowledge, and we asked them and our Good Wine Shop curators to recommend their personal favourite wines that exhibit the aromatic perfumes of nature. 

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Wines of France vs. South Africa – Alex Dale shares some insight

Bordeaux and Burgundy are two of the most revered names when it comes to wine and are often thrown around to reference the distinct styles of red and white wine that their home regions in France produce. South African regions in particular love to compare. Many will refer to a bold Stellenbosch red wine as “a Bordeaux blend”, while the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of Hermanus and the Walker Bay region are often compared to Burgundy. We chat to Radford Dale co-founder Alex Dale – who grew up, studied and worked in Burgundy and is now based in Stellenbosch – for some insight.

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Cinsaut or Cinsault? Why the SA heritage varietal is enjoying a global revival

One of the most fascinating stories fuelling the current South African wine revolution is the rise of Cinsaut… or is it Cinsault? We often find both spellings used interchangeably and both spellings are considered correct in South Africa. The latter is the French spelling and refers to its Languedoc-Roussillon (coastal region in southern France) origin, while the former encapsulates its modern-day global renaissance.

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Winter wines – our winemakers select their favourite winter wines and tell us why

Winter is here and we’re sure you are probably keen to stock up the best winter wines for the chilly season. Check out our hand-picked winter wine selection, courtesy of our winemakers, that are guaranteed to fight off the cold.

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Swartland winelands, Western Cape

Discover Swartland: the not-so-new region on the block that suddenly everyone is talking about…

When it comes to South African wines, regions like Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Constantia are historically most lauded and globally best renowned. More recently, the name Swartland seems to be on every wino’s lips… fast becoming recognised for less expensive but great quality wines. Some of our favourites are Trizanne’s Swartland Syrah, Billy Hughes’ Nativo Red Blend, and Carinus’ Chenin Blanc

We chat to the winemakers to uncover the secrets of Swartland: the not-so-new region on the block that suddenly everyone is talking about…

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Wine sweetness, semi-sweet, dry or sweet?

What is semi-sweet wine anyway? Misnomer or fact, we look at the wine sweetness chart and what falls where

We often hear the terms ‘dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet or sweet’ in reference to wine. Dry or sweet are easy enough for most of us to differentiate but, when encountering a wine list or waiter who refers to a semi-sweet wine, what do they even mean? Fruity? Sugary? Cheap? How sweet (or dy) is semi-sweet? And how would we classify a wine in this way? If you’ve been puzzled like us, here is a bit of a breakdown and some guiding tips to choose the wine that suits you best.

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Good Wine Shop Wine Terms Everyone Should Know

Wine terms everyone should know

We all have our favourites and know a wine we like when we taste it, but it is often much harder to describe them, right? Whether you are an avid wine drinker who needs to brush up on terminology or would simply like to decipher the wine descriptions on the tasting notes of a menu, the following wine terms will help you!

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Adam Mason, Raised by Wolves: Here’s a little bit o’ the witches’ cauldron vibe, some dry ice creating an eerie plume as it blankets the juice in barrel. Just need the eye of toad

Harvest Time – Adam Mason (is) Raised by Wolves

Adam Mason is the winemaker and founder of Raised by Wolves, his “side project” and love project – separate from his role as head of winemaking at the larger, more commercial wine estate Mulderbosch. Raised by Wolves is his “alter ego”.

“The wolf in many cultures represents the dark side. There’s something very primal about our fear of wolves: the fear of the wilderness, that other side, the dark side. So on one hand, it represents our untame self.”

We chatted to Adam about his harvest journey this year, in a time characterised by drought in the Cape, and in particular with his “Law of the Wild” philosophy that he applies to the small-batch wines coming from Raised by Wolves.

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Trizanne Barnard on embracing the unknown

“The perfect wine lies with the wine drinker.” – Trizanne Barnard

And if her product can enhance that experience, then this winemaker is happy.

Trizanne Barnard takes an adventurous approach to winemaking for Trizanne Signature Wines, which is certainly an extension of her life philosophy to “embrace the unknown”.

Having worked and travelled extensively, Trizanne believes it’s important to open your eyes to the world and embrace the adventure. Her passions include surfing, raising a family and of course winemaking – with a particular preference in her winemaking for grapes from Elim and the Swartland. Through her wine she hopes she will transport the drinker to its place of origin. We chat to her to find out more…

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Tyrrel Myburgh, organic farmer and experimental winemaker of Joostenberg and Myburgh Bros.

Organic winemaker Tyrrel Myburgh is the avant garde and experimental winemaker behind Joostenberg Wines and one half of Myburgh Bros. His approach to winemaking, and in particular the science and art behind organic wines, is one inspired by his philosophy to leave the earth in a better state than we found it. We caught up with Tyrrel to dig deeper into the processes of organic wine farming and what it actually means.

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