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#WaterCrisis: Drought hits wine harvest

Cape Town - Wine industry leaders warn that the drought ravaging the Western Cape would have a major effect on the 2018 harvest, with yields expected to plunge 50%.

Industry organisation VinPro said it was bracing itself for what might be the “smallest harvest in more than a decade”, as the drought persisted, resulting in the winelands being declared a disaster area last year.

Wynmaker Juandré Bruwer

Hy het in 2009 net ná hoërskool ’n sabbatsjaar geneem en by Perdeberg Kelder gewerk en die wynmaak-gogga het daar gebyt. Hy is onlangs getroud met Daniella en hulle woon so 7 km weg van die plaas. Daniella is ’n reisagent by Pentravel en Juandre sê ’n passie vir wyn en reis maak hulle die perfekte kombinasie.

Restaurant Talk: Syrah Stylings at South Africa's Rust en Vrede Restaurant

Jean Engelbrecht is a leader in the world of premium South African wine. He grew up on the Stellenbosch property that houses the Rust en Vrede winery, which his father, Jannie, bought in the 1970s. At the time, the wine industry in South Africa was undeveloped, with most wineries churning out mass-produced plonk. But Jannie had a vision to make high-quality wines at his estate, and Jean extended it as one of the young pioneers attempting to put Cape wine on the world stage after Apartheid ended.

Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2015, great match with Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Fillet, Rocket & Mash with Balsamic Glaze

Of all the stories of a faithful hound, perhaps the one best known is that of Hatchiko, the Akita dog from Akita in Japan who waited 9 years for his master to return. The story pulls at the heartstrings. In earlier vintages, The Mulderbosch Faithful Hound had a charming Stubbs-like painting on the label of an English hunting hound. The Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2015, now has a new label and appearance. A white label with large lettering, elegant.

#WINECOCKTAIL REPERTOIRE: THE PINK PANTHER

Celebrate the blessings of 2017 and the opportunities of 2018 with a few wine cocktails! The Pink Panther is pink and pretty, but it has a lovely tang, is very smooth and much more sophisticated than the average pink drink!

A picture on every bottle

La Motte's premium Pierneef Collection of wines are often praised for their quality, versatility and consistency, but the estate using Pierneef artworks as labels for these wines, makes for another interesting talking point.

Each vintage of the Pierneef Syrah Viognier and Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc, respectively, have six different linocut artworks – essentially six different labels. This means that each six-bottle presentation of the Pierneef Collection offers a collection of different artworks selected for that specific vintage.  

South Africa's Cape Wine Route: My Top 5 favourite Vineyards

If you enjoy wine as much as I do then you will have even more reasons to be impressed by Cape Town. The ‘Mother City” and winner of the Telegraph ‘Best City in the World’ award 2017 is not only a wonder in terms of outstanding natural beauty and a land of unlimited adventure as illustrated in my last blog; it is also nothing short of heaven on earth for wine lovers. Just half an hour outside of Cape Town and you are in the Cape Winelands. Here you can experience some the best wines in the world against a backdrop of majestic mountain ranges. 

New kid in the Elgin valley: SALT at Paul Cluver

Legendary chefs Craig Cormach and Beau du Toit are cooking up something special for the Western Cape. The two are set to open a new restaurant on 13 December in scenic Elgin Valley, spearheaded by expert wine farm chef, Mechell Spann.