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Bosman family wines with skin contact
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Bosman Family wines with skin contact: from pink to orange

Look at the colours of these wines. To the right is a skin contact pinot gris and the left a full-on and delicious orange wine. Ignore the moth that snuck into the picture. I’m back in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley (Heaven and Earth valley) at the 8th generation Bosman Family Vineyards. They have been on the land since 1798 working the vineyards founded by a Huguenot in 1699. For the uninitiated orange wine isn’t made of citrus. It describes the colour […]

Catherine Marshall pinot noir 2017
Around South Africa in 80 wines, Drinks, Elgin, grape varieties, Pinot noir, South Africa, wine regions

Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir

Two pinot noirs. Both alike in dignity, (In fair Elgin, where we lay our scene), From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where truffle oil makes food unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of pinot lovers take their life, Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their chef’s strife. Cool climate pinot noir Apologies to Shakespeare while I spin this yarn on two delicious cool climate pinot noirs from Elgin. And apologies […]

Around South Africa in 80 wines, Drinks, Elandskloof, Elandskloof, Pinot noir, South Africa, Wine, wine regions

Copper Pot pinot noir 2016

Too few restaurants in Jozi have decent wine lists. Sure, many have encyclopaedic lists if you discount the new wave of producers making wines with natural techniques. I’ll return to this subject once I’ve ploughed through that magnum of Beyerskloof pinotage. Lol! It could be some time. One of the few chefs that cares about wine in this city is James Diack, the owner and chef of Coobs in Parkhust, the National, Il Contandino and La Stalla (the reincarnation of […]