South Africa

#NWTW Week 15: Chenin Blanc from South Africa

With Ant off sunning himself in Devon you’ve got me for a couple of weeks now.  Last week’s Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is topping the charts so far this year, with a whopping 8.8/10 average.  Thanks to everyone who voted. For my pick this week I’m staying in the New World, and I want to have …

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#NWTW Week 8: The Verdict On Pinotage from South Africa

We’ve had a couple of meals this weekend with Pinotage.  We had the two heavier efforts on the Friday night and the lighter one on the Saturday for lunch.  Was pretty evident from just these three that Pinotage has a few flavours that are consistent, and a few that have everything to do with the …

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#NWTW Week 8: Food Pairing With Pinotage from South Africa

In yesterday’s post I mentioned that there are roughly (and bear in mind I’ve just said “roughly”….twice!) two different styles of Pinotage.  A lighter one and a heavier one.  So it makes sense that we have a look at two different pairings.  To be fair, both are pretty much meat driven, so if we’ve got …

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#NWTW Week 8: What To Expect From Pinotage from South Africa

As we’ve said earlier on, Pinotage is still being tested and tried around a few different vineyard sites to see what the best spots will be.  They’re getting there but they still don’t 100% know.  At the minute though there tends to be roughly two styles, one light-bodied, the other full-bodied.  Best thing to do …

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#NWTW Week 8: An Intro Into Pinotage

Pinotage can justifiably stick its hand up as being the red grape of South Africa.  Don’t get me wrong, Bordeaux varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rhone varieties like Syrah have bigger plantings throughout the vineyards, but these are the international varieties. Pinotage is South African.  It was developed here, it’s nearly exclusively …

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#NWTW Week 8: An Intro Into South Africa

South Africa is a country I can’t get my head around.  Every other South African you talk to over here in London has something different to say about their home country, sometimes brimming with pride and sometimes not so complimentary.  I’ve never been, and have no experience with which to comment.  All I’d say is …

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#NWTW Week 8: Pinotage from South Africa

A very happy Monday to everyone out there.  Hope you’re not too traumatised by Gewurztraminer week and you’re all back for more for week 8.  This time it’s a trip pretty much due south from here down to South Africa for our first trip there for 2014.  And how could we start with anything else …

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