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CNN Marketplace Africa raises a glass

On Friday 28 November at 11.45pm, 'CNN Marketplace Africa' visits the grain-rich Western Cape and takes a closer look at the South African spirits industry. It meets some of the producers of premium alcohol in South Africa and takes a closer look at the intricacies of producing world-class products....

Would a rosé by any other farm be as Grande?
Would a rosé by any other farm be as Grande?

The new Grande Provence Rosé 2014 is made in the classic crisp, dry Provençal style. The wine, made from 100% Franschhoek grapes, has a delicate fruity character with nuances of apple and fresh berries. The wine sells at R80 at the Grande Provence Tasting Room and purchases of 12 bottles or more...

New colours, flavours from Appletiser
New colours, flavours from Appletiser

Appletiser has added to its line of beverages with the launch of two new flavours under the Appletiser Colours range - Pink (Apple & Strawberry) and Amber (Apple & Peach). Both flavours are made with 80% real fruit juice and 20% water, resulting in the perfect balance of flavour. Appletiser Colours...

Haute Cabrière releases 2014 Unwooded Pinot Noir
Haute Cabrière releases 2014 Unwooded Pinot Noir

Haute Cabrière has released the 2014 vintage of its Unwooded Pinot Noir. Often described as a 'red white wine', it offers non-red wine drinkers an introduction to red wines. It is best enjoyed chilled and is an ideal match with pastas and salads, roast beef, lamb or duck. It is available from the...

Chenin Blanc becomes Seriously Cool
Chenin Blanc becomes Seriously Cool

click to enlargeWaterkloof has introduced a maiden Chenin Blanc to its Seriously Cool range. The Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc 2014 complements seafood dishes. The second vintage of Seriously Cool Cinsault, 2013, is now also available. Both retail at R95 per bottle and are available directly from...

Amstel launches light lager
Amstel launches light lager

The official launch of Amstel Lite at the end of last month heralded a 360° communications campaign, in which consumers are invited to make the most of every moment and grab the opportunities that come their way. The message of "Make Your Play" embodies the spirit of the brand. It will be brought to...

Strandveld releases its 2010 Syrah
Strandveld releases its 2010 Syrah

click to enlargeStrandveld Vineyards has released the 2010 vintage of its Rhône-style Syrah. The vineyard is in Elim, a village on the Agulhas Plain in the Western Cape, Africa's southernmost winery and South Africa's youngest wine appellation. Winemaker Conrad Vlok recommends it with roast beef,...

Waterkloof releases maiden Cabernet Franc
Waterkloof releases maiden Cabernet Franc

click to enlargeWaterkloof has released its maiden vintage of Circumstance Cabernet Franc 2012 that exudes notes of blackberry, black pepper and earthy thyme whilst its mouth feel is long and elegant with a memorable finish. Meat lovers will enjoy it with slow roasted lamb shanks rubbed in rosemary,...

New single serving wine from Distell
New single serving wine from Distell

click to enlargeDistell has announced the launch of its 4th Street lightly sparkled wine in a new single serving 300ml bottle, complete with the iconic 4th Street skyline on the label. Available in Lightly Sparkled Rose, Lightly Sparkled White and Lightly Sparkled Red, it builds on the brand's...

Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone launches white blend
Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone launches white blend

Following on its Rhône-style red cultivars and the launch of its Rosé in 2013, Rickety Bridge has released its first white blend. The Foundation Stone 2013 White is a blend of 49% Chenin Blanc, 15% Grenache Blanc, 15% Ugni Blanc, 15% Roussanne and 6% Viognier, said to go well with fish,...

Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon out in time for winter
Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon out in time for winter

Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 has black cherry and blackcurrant flavours, complemented with a distinct line of earthiness, cedar and tobacco. Enjoyed with rosemary infused roast leg of lamb and thick, medium rare rump steak, it is available at selected wine outlets countrywide and sells...

Constantia Glen Five 2009 vintage released
Constantia Glen Five 2009 vintage released

click to enlargeThe Constantia Glen Five 2009 vintage, considered an excellent year, has been released. A five Bordeaux variety red of Petit Verdot (40%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (17%), Malbec (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), and aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months, it goes well...

Shannon Vineyards releases new vintages
Shannon Vineyards releases new vintages

The Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet 2011 has been released. A highly-rated merlot, it is round and full, silky and elegant, with a long finish. It can be enjoyed now or until 2018. Approximate retail price is R285. It has also released new vintages of its two other acclaimed site-specific wines and...

Delheim releases new Shiraz, Chardonnay
Delheim releases new Shiraz, Chardonnay

Delheim has release its new vintage Shiraz 2012 and unwooded Chardonnay 2013. The Shiraz is recommended with pot roasts, venison, hearty bredies, Moroccan-style lamb and mature cheddar. The Chardonnay goes well with a cream-based exotic mushroom tagliatelle; steamed crayfish, a chicken salad...

Du Toitskloof Wines launches new Vin Doux
Du Toitskloof Wines launches new Vin Doux

click to enlargeDu Toitskloof has launched a Vin Doux sparkling wine. The red blend, driven by Pinotage grapes, is a naturally sweet wine, perfect to pair with flavourful curries, berry desserts and sunsets. It is available from the cellar as well as from selected supermarkets and liquor outlets at...

Waterkloof releases 2013 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc
Waterkloof releases 2013 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc

Waterkloof has released the 2013 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc vintage, the maiden pride of new cellarmaster Nadia Barnard. It is a stellar summer sip to enjoy slightly chilled on its own or served with a simple crab dish or a seafood salad. The wine retails at R90 per bottle and is available...

New popcorn sprinkles from Chilla
New popcorn sprinkles from Chilla

click to enlargeThe Chilla Beverage Company has just launched its Nu Metro Popcorn Sprinkles into all leading retail outlets nationally with three distinctive and popular flavours that are also kosher. There is Salt & Vinegar, Butter Salt, and Cream Cheese & Chives and a multi-pack with all three....

Hanneli R released by La Motte
Hanneli R released by La Motte

click to enlargeLa Motte has just released the 2009 vintage of its signature wine, the Hanneli R. A limited run of 3900 individually numbered bottles were produced, each packed in an oak case. The traditional southern Rhône-style wine is available at the La Motte cellar door for R845 per bottle. For...

Clos Malverne releases maiden Cap Classique
Clos Malverne releases maiden Cap Classique

Ellie 2011 is the maiden Méthode Cap Classique from Clos Malverne. A Brut Rosé, made of 100% Shiraz grapes, it is ideal with smoked salmon and corn chowder; tempura prawns with a strawberry, mango, cucumber and coriander salsa, or a sundried tomato, caramelized onion and camembert tart...

Hidden Valley Wines releasing Shipwreck Shiraz 2009
Hidden Valley Wines releasing Shipwreck Shiraz 2009

Hidden Valley Wines is releasing its Shipwreck Shiraz 2009, which has been under the sea off the Cape Agulhas lighthouse since 2009 in a 225-litre strengthened French oak barrique, entombed in a reinforced concrete cask, into which holes had been designed. These allowed seawater to enter, circulate...

New release from Waterkloof
New release from Waterkloof

click to enlargeWaterkloof Estate has released its Seriously Cool Cinsault 2012 wine, an elegant red wine to be enjoyed slightly chilled. It is recommended with spicy dishes, pork chops, veal and steak. It retails at R95 per bottle directly from the cellar or at selected wine boutiques countrywide....

Get wild on the go
Get wild on the go

Wild Island now comes in convenient new 'On The Go' ready-to-drink smoothies in 250ml Tetra Pak boxes. It comes in three flavours - Tropical Punch, Orange, and Peach & Apricot - and has a shelf life of 12 months. New Wild Island On The Go has a case configuration of 6 x 4 x 250ml packs and is...

New Sauvignon Blancs from La Motte
New Sauvignon Blancs from La Motte

click to enlargeLa Motte has released its vintage Sauvignon Blancs - 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc an ideal aperitif for summer and a versatile partner to salads, seafood and alfresco dining, available from the La Motte Tasting Room at R60 per bottle....

Constantia Saddle Red joins Saddle White, Rosé
Constantia Saddle Red joins Saddle White, Rosé

click to enlargeConstantia Glen has added Saddle Red, joining the current Constantia Saddle White and Saddle Rosé, to create a Spring trio. The range is available exclusively at the Constantia Glen tasting room. The Constantia Saddle Red is available at R85, whilst the Constantia Saddle...

Amarula launches Dinkie - double fun
Amarula launches Dinkie - double fun

click to enlargeDinkie, the 200ml size bottle of Amarula Cream has been launched to offer the market a convenient double serving. "We've even named an elephant after Dinkie," says South Africa brand manager for Amarula, Christelle Bester, of the youngest member of an elephant herd under observation...

Sunbird Sauvignon flies from Simonsig
Sunbird Sauvignon flies from Simonsig

Simonsig has released its 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Sunbird. Chef Lucas Carstens, head chef at Simonsig Estate's Cuvée Restaurant, recommends serving this wine with prawns dressed in Thai coconut sauce. Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2013 sells for R65 at the cellar door and is available at wine...

Winter warmer wine from Du Toitskloof
Winter warmer wine from Du Toitskloof

click to enlargeThe Du Toitskloof Pinotage Merlot Ruby Cabernet is ideal for winter with smoked chicken, flavourful bredies and venison pie. The 750ml bottle retails for about R32.50 per bottle and about R75 for a 3-litre box, ideal for picnics and braais, from most liquor outlets....

Constantia Glen Two vintage 21012 out now
Constantia Glen Two vintage 21012 out now

The 2012 vintage of Constantia Glen Two, has been released, offering a wooded Bordeaux-style white recommended with Asian-style smoked duck breast salad or veal wrapped in prosciutto and rosemary. It is available exclusively at the tasting room for R175....

Enjoy Simonsig Gewürztraminer this winter
Enjoy Simonsig Gewürztraminer this winter

click to enlargeSimonsig has released its 2012 Gewürztraminer, a versatile naturally sweet wine with a gentle palate and an elegant freshness. Ideal with rich and spicy winter dishes such as Green Thai curries and Kashmiri curries, it also rounds off a meal with cheese or desserts. The 2012...

Bigger bags for Bob Martin
Bigger bags for Bob Martin

In response to consumer demand, Bob Martin has introduced its Complete Condition Adult Dry dog food in bulk 15kg bags. The Bob Martin Complete Condition range has been very well received by consumers and their dogs and now offers consumers the convenience of a pack size that will last longer when...

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