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Cellar Treasures Under $40: Kanonkop Pinotage

Winemaker Abrie Beeslaar tames South Africa's problem grape

Posted: May 25, 2010  By James Molesworth

Since I began covering South Africa in 2000, I haven’t exactly been the biggest fan of Pinotage, the country’s former signature grape. There are, however, exceptions. And though the grape has receded from the top lineup of varieties now pacing the South African category here in the U.S. market, there are still a few wineries that manage to make very good to outstanding versions, and Kanonkop's is a cellar-worthy treasure for its price. Here are my notes on a nine-vintage vertical tasting.

News & Features  :  News

2010 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Part 3

A first look at vintage quality in South Africa, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: May 19, 2010  

Apr. 30, 2010 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

South Africa Alphabetical Listing

Posted: April 30, 2010  

Apr. 30, 2010 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Making A Difference

South Africa's wine industry works toward social justice

Posted: April 30, 2010  

Apr. 30, 2010 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Smaller But Better

South African exports to the United States are down, but the quality of the wines arriving is on the rise

Posted: April 30, 2010  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Filling Big Shoes And Creating His Path

Winemaker Adam Mason helps continue a sweet wine's long history, while improving it as well

Posted: April 12, 2010  By James Molesworth

When Adam Mason took over the winemaking at South Africa’s Klein Constantia, it was his first full-time winemaking job. “I was filling big shoes at the time,” says Mason 36. Mason has filled those shoes admirably while cutting his own path along the way. In particular, he’s taken the winery’s flagship dessert wine, Vin de Constance, to new levels in the ’04 and ’05 vintages. A recent vertical tasting showed that Mason has made changes and improved a wine that is arguably the country’s top sweet wine.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

17 Impressive White Wines

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc from the Cape region of South Africa deliver consistency, diversity and value

Posted: February 26, 2010  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Seafood and White Wine for the Holidays

Two tasty shellfish recipes, plus 15 recommended white wines

Posted: December 18, 2009  By Laurie Woolever

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Introducing South Africa's Glenelly Estate

The new winery owned by May de Lencquesaing releases its first wines

Posted: December 10, 2009  By James Molesworth

Back in 2004, former Château Pichon-Longueville-Lalande owner May de Lencquesaing purchased a 310-hectare estate in South Africa’s Stellenbosch district, just around the corner from the famed Rustenberg estate. Now, with 60 hectares under vine (two-thirds of them in production) de Lencquesaing’s Glenelly estate has its first few wines in release.

News & Features  :  News

South Africa Produces World Cup-Worthy Wine

Proceeds from Fundi wines will train wine stewards before the global soccer tournament arrives next year

Posted: November 11, 2009  By James Molesworth

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A Sit Down with Adam Mason of South Africa's Klein Constantia

The winemaker goes against the grain to take his vineyards green

Posted: October 20, 2009  By James Molesworth

James Molesworth sat down with Mason here at my office yesterday to get caught up on his recent efforts at South Africa's Klein Constantia winery. Klein Constantia is best known for its Vin de Constance bottling, a dessert wine made from naturally shriveled Muscat de Frontignan grapes. The 2004 vintage was the best yet for this wine, earning a stellar 94-point review.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2009 Cape Winemakers Guild Rolls On

The auction gains buyers and sets a new total, despite a down economy

Posted: October 5, 2009  By James Molesworth

The 2009 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction easily buffeted the current economic situation, setting a new record as buyers spent a surprising 5.2 million rand (about $690,000) at the event, held this past Saturday in Cape Town.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with South Africa's Emil den Dulk of De Toren

Another winery starts to take a close look at its dirt

Posted: September 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

Emil den Dulk, owner of South Africa’s De Toren winery stopped by for a sit down today. Like most quality-conscious vintners, den Dulk isn’t standing pat, despite the very solid track record his Cabernet Sauvignon-based Fusion V blend has established. And as you might expect, most of den Dulk’s focus is on aspects that won’t affect what the consumer sees until a few years down the road. And, as you might expect, that focus is on dirt.

News & Features  :  Tasting Reports

Previewing the Wines of the 2009 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

More than 30 tasting notes on the best offering yet from South Africa's top winemakers

Posted: September 25, 2009  By James Molesworth

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A Sit Down with South Africa's Constantia Glen

The winery will debut two Bordeaux-style reds from the cool Constantia ward

Posted: September 15, 2009  By James Molesworth

There’s a theory that the best wines are made on the extreme boundaries of a growing region. Push the limits of where a certain variety can ripen, and you’ll make the best wine – the Mourvèdre grown by Beaucastel at the northern edge of the southern Rhône for example, or Cabernet Sauvignon grown on California’s Santa Cruz or Dunn mountains. South Africa's Constantia Glen winery is going to put that theory to the test.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Mike Dobrovic Leaves Mulderbosch

Longtime winemaker helped turn the winery into a flagship for South Africa

Posted: August 5, 2009  By James Molesworth

Mike Dobrovic, who helped found Mulderbosch in 1989, is leaving the winery. The longtime winemaker and co-owner oversaw nearly a generation's worth of vintages at Mulderbosch, steering the winery to the forefront of the South African industry. For many American consumers, Mulderbosch is arguably the most recognizable winery from this still emerging wine region.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

When Pinot Tastes Like Syrah It Might Be Pinotage

Posted: July 22, 2009  By James Laube

Last week during a blind tasting flight of 2007 Sonoma Pinot Noirs, I came across one wine that stood out, and that I really liked. It was dark in color, notably spicy and peppery, with pretty floral scents and ripe, vivid black and wild berry fruit.

News & Features  :  News

Harvest 2009: A Strong Year for the Cape

South Africa's wine regions enjoy a cool, dry season, producing quality across the board

Posted: June 2, 2009  By James Molesworth

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David Finlayson Leaves South Africa's Glen Carlou

Posted: May 8, 2009  By James Molesworth

One item to file, and that clears off my desk just in time for my vacation: David Finlayson , head winemaker at Glen Carlou , has resigned his position there and will now focus solely on his own Finlayson Family label.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with South Africa's Bruwer Raats

Posted: May 5, 2009  By James Molesworth

I got caught up with Bruwer Raats yesterday. He’s the owner and winemaker at Raats Family , located in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He currently produces about 9,000 cases annually, and sends about 4,000 to the U.

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