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South Africa New Releases: Don’t Deny Yourself

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Neal Martin, Nov 2019

As someone privileged with more than his fair share of rare and expensive Grand Cru Burgundy and First Growths, I can unhesitatingly state that the best of South Africa punches at the same weight. This report burgeons with wines born in climactic knife-edge, dry-farmed vineyards, often from ancient vines, and with minimal intervention by talented and frequently young winemakers in the opening chapters of long careers. Those winemakers are creating a scene that is incredibly exciting and dynamic.

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Cellar Favorite: 1994 Kanonkop Wine Estate Paul Sauer

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

Kanonkop’s “Paul Sauer” constantly shows that world-class Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blends are well within grasp and, moreover, proves how supremely well they age.

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Two Cape Crusaders: Alheit & Mullineux

South Africa, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Jun 2019

Two Chrises (Alheit and Mullineux). Two winemakers. Two Chenin Blancs. Two wines that have helped transform the image of South African wines. Two vertical tastings here in one Vinous article.

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Some Great Reward: South Africa

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Neal Martin, Aug 2018

The last two decades have seen the South Africa wine industry reinvent itself as one of the most dynamic in the world. For my first South Africa report on Vinous, I examine recent releases from established names and cutting edge boutiques. Wines range from bone-dry Sauvignon Blanc to the sweet wines of Constantia, courtesy of established winemakers to those making their debut. If you have not discovered what South Africa has to offer in terms of quality and value, then it is time to stop missing out.

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Some Great Reward: South Africa - Selected Producer Profiles

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Neal Martin, Aug 2018

Selected producer profiles from Neal Martin's Some Great Reward: South Africa.

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Cellar Favorites: Château Lanzerac: 1961 – 1968

South Africa, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Aug 2018

During my recent visit to the Cape, I planned a lunch with Merchant Roland Peens. To my surprise, he munificently poured four bottles of Lanzerac Cabernet from the 1960s that he had recently acquired from a private cellar.

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A Splendid 2015 Vintage in South Africa—Time To Discover Swartland’s Wines

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Stephen Tanzer, May 2017

South Africa’s more ambitious wines—whites as well as reds—are fresher and better than ever, and they have never offered more stunning value in export markets than they do today.

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The 2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction: Distinctive Wines from South Africa

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2016

My annual late-summer tasting of the new crop of Cape Winemakers Guild auction wines has become one of my favorite group tastings of each year. The four dozen or so wines offered at each year’s auction provide a stunning overview of the remarkable diversity of South Africa’s wine industry. A weak South African rand in conjunction with highly distinctive wines of consistently high quality make this year’s CWG auction a unique buying opportunity for international wine lovers.

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The 2015 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2015

With South Africa’s currency down more than 20% against the U.S. dollar in the past year, this year’s Cape Winemaker’s Guild auction in Stellenbosch offers international wine lovers a prime opportunity to snap up some scarce and distinctive South African wines from that country's most talented makers.

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South Africa’s Ongoing Wine Revolution

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Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2015

When South Africa emerged from nearly a half century of apartheid in the early 1990s, its wine producers stepped up to the international plate with two strikes against them. Twenty-plus years later, they have dug themselves out of their early hole and prospered.