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.
Winter is the ideal time for hibernating and cooking up a storm. Our winemakers have shared their personal favourite winter wines so we thought it would be useful to compile a few recipes that we think would make a great match for these exceptional wines. From aubergine curry to roasted springbok shoulder, who would want to leave the house?
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.
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.
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…