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Cleef’s Classic Shiraz-Viognier 2014


When Nicholas Cleef first purchased Kleine Zalze in 1695 his vision was that Stellenbosch had the potential to produce world class wines. I’m sure if he When Nicholas Cleef first purchased Kleine Zalze in 1695 his vision was that Stellenbosch had the potential to produce world class wines. I’m sure if he

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Cleef’s Classic Shiraz-Viognier
were around today he would be pleasantly surprised at how far, not only Stellenbosch, South Africa has come.

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March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cleef’s Classic Chenin Blanc 2015


South Africa has long been known for their Chenin Blanc. At one point two thirds of the white coming out of this country was Chenin.
South Africa has long been known for their Chenin Blanc. At one point two thirds of the white coming out of this country was Chenin.

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Cleef’s Classic Chenin Blanc
Cleef’s comes from the Stellenbosch estate of Kleine Zalze, and named after founder, Nicholas Cleef, who continues that legacy of producing great wine from the Loire based fruit via the Coastal Region of South Africa.

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Press Release: South Africa’s exports hit record levels


South Africa‚Äôs 2012 exports reached 417 million litres, the largest amount that the country has exported to date and 10 million litres more than the previous record, which was achieved … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mike Matthews – Spier Winery: A coalition between Art & Wine


How would you describe a wine tasting, what goes on? If you’ve never been to a tasting, what do you think happens? I suppose you could say that it’s simple! … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

Magic Mike Reviews: The Grinder Pinotage & Groenendal Merlot


Over the last month or so my wine rack has been dominated by South African wine. This has all stemmed from an event I attended in London to highlight wines … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Mike Matthews: Behind the scenes at “Braaiday” at High Timber


High Timber in London, a South African based restaurant with a wine cellar containing 40,000 bottles for your pleasure, played host to a motley crew of wine writers and blogger’s … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

Wine Review: Zebra View Pinotage 2011


As grape varieties go Pinotage seems to have developed a bit of a Marmite tag, you either love it or hate it. I’ve never been able to work out why! … Continue reading

July 4, 2012 · 5 Comments

LIWF 2012 – Day 2.


Day 2 began with a very interesting debate from Harpers as part of their ‘Engage the Consumer’ forum. Chaired by Harpers Editor Richard Siddle, a panel of wine professionals was … Continue reading

May 23, 2012 · 4 Comments

HAMILTON RUSSELL EMBRACES AMPHORAE


South African producer Hamilton Russell Vineyards is finding that experiments with clay amphorae are creating wines with improved structure than those matured in barrels. Clay amphorae at Hamilton Russell Vineyards … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment
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