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Understanding Cap Classique: South Africa's Fastest Growing Wine Category

If you are new to the fascinating world of Cap Classique read on because we will demystify some terminology and share some fun facts about the nation’s fastest growing wine category.

The Two Styles of Bubbly

Firstly, we would like to differentiate between two styles of bubbly to give readers a better understanding of why certain bubblies are more expensive than others. Wine that has been impregnated with CO2 bubbles is simply termed ‘sparkling wine’ and the process is very quick and affordable to produce, whereas Cap Classique undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle to create the sought-after bubbles which takes a much longer time to complete and is far riskier to produce. The second fermentation is initiated by adding extra sugar to the already fermented wine.


Guardian Peak Winery & Grill: Hillside Dining in Stellenbosch

An expansive view-drenched terrace, serving great wine and quality steaks.

Overlooking a seemingly endless slice of the Stellenbosch Winelands, Guardian Peak has garnered a reputation as an easygoing wine-farm destination since it opened in 2005. Its spectacular setting, straight out of a movie scene, and capacious alfresco seating area create the backdrop for quality steakhouse meals accompanied by top-drawer wines.

The concise à la carte menu offers various bistro-style options (fresh fish of the day, mushroom risotto and gourmet burgers), with a distinct focus on steak. Guests can expect starters such as salt and pepper squid and venison carpaccio, as well as classic desserts such as baked cheesecake and chocolate fondant.


The Journal’s New Chapter on Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc

The second vintage of Diemersdal estate’s The Journal Sauvignon Blanc underscores this new range’s commitment to showing the farm’s Durbanville terroir through classic, old school styles of winemaking. The just-released The Journal Sauvignon Blanc 2020, following the maiden 2019 version introduced last year, is made from a single vineyard planted with vines of between 28 and 38 years old. The wine was fermented in barrel, after which it spent 11 months in new and second fill oak, the barrels specially made in France and Austria for Sauvignon Blanc aging.

he pedigree of The Journal Sauvignon Blanc and its site-specific terroir and winemaking style was established with the 2019 vintage which was awarded a 5- star rating from the Platter’s Wine Guide.


TOKARA harvest 2021 is ripe for the picking

It’s thumbs up at TOKARA as the 2021 harvest kicks off in all earnest with the first Chardonnay headed for the cellar at this esteemed family owned Stellenbosch wine estate.

All indications point to an exceptional harvest which is good news for wine producers who have had to endure their share of hardship since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic at the apex of the 2020 harvest.

“The preceding months delivered near perfect conditions for a spectacular season and we anticipate a very fine vintage indeed – something that our industry needs, not only to lessen the impact of 2020 but to build hope and resilience for the future of an industry that provides a livelihood for so many...


Rare Meerlust Red Promises Drinking Pleasure

Respected 18th-century Cape wine estate Meerlust in Stellenbosch has once again honoured its commitment to self-imposed exacting standards of quality in winemaking by declassifying its world-renowned flagship Bordeaux-style blend Rubicon from the 2019 vintage.

This heralds the rare release of its Meerlust Red 2019 in its stead, the first re-appearance of this much-loved blend since the 2011 vintage.

The Red 2019 is Cabernet Sauvignon dominant (43%) with 31% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The higher percentage of Merlot came as a result of the Meerlust duo of eighth-generation owner Hannes Myburgh and cellarmaster Wim Truter deciding also not to bottle the Merlot from the 2019 vintage.


Diemersdal’s New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Lands on SA Shores

The second vintage of Diemersdal’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc made on New Zealand’s South Island has landed in South Africa to give local wine-lovers a taste of the exuberant flavour spectrum offered by Sauvignon Blancs made in the Land of the Long White Cloud and for which the Kiwis have become world famous.

Diemersdal released its maiden Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at the end of 2019, a wine made in Marlborough situated some 11 000kms from Diemersdal’s winery in Durbanville. It was here in Marlborough where Diemersdal owner-winemaker Thys Louw became infatuated with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc during a visit in 2016, so much so that he decided to introduce a wine made in that wine region under his Diemersdal label.


Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2021 - Winners announced

Celebrating innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the nine greatest wine regions in the world, wineries across the Western Cape entered into the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards.

These awards provide an opportunity for wineries and other visitor-serving businesses in each region to gain exposure and recognition for their commitment to presenting leading wine tourism options while giving visitors a one-stop list of the best places to experience.

This international annual competition is designed to reward the wineries in each of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s member cities, for their excellence in seven different categories, including:


Legal News: Drinking and driving this festive season

The National Road Traffic Amendment Bill

This Bill is an attempt to reduce the number of accidents and deaths on our national roads. It was approved by Cabinet in March this year, but has not yet been enacted. When it comes into force, the permissible blood alcohol level for driving will be 0%. Currently, the blood alcohol limit is 0.05 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, and 0.24 milligrams of alcohol per 1000 millilitres of breath (lower for professional drivers). There are some concerns about a zero limit. For example, some medications contain traces of alcohol. Even tamari (a type of soy sauce) has a tiny percentage of alcohol in it because of the fermentation process used in its production. So it is possible that the courts will be inundated with DUI cases where the defendant has never touched a drop of liquor.


Finalists Announced For The 2020 Diners Club Winemaker And Young Winemaker Of The Year Awards

The finalists for the 40th Diners Club Winemaker and 20th Young Winemaker of the Year awards have been announced. Five winemakers have been shortlisted to compete for the prestigious Winemaker of the Year award, while five will vie for the Young Winemaker of the Year title.

Diners Club introduced the Winemaker of the Year award to encourage local winemakers to raise the standard of wines produced in South Africa. The Young Winemaker of the Year award was established to encourage winemakers under the age of 30 to develop their skills, express their individuality, and add to the future prestige of South African wines internationally. The awards focus on quality and recognition of excellence and are regarded as the country’s most prestigious and well-respected wine industry competition.