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Top100 SA Wines 2014 - winners announced
The key fine-wine event in SA launches the 2014 Top 100 SA winning wines results.
Raats wines poured in honour of Madiba
A Cabernet Franc by South African winemaker Bruwer Raats has recently featured on the wine list of a top New York restaurant in honour of late president Nelson Mandela.
South African winery rated in Top 100 wines of 2013
It’s been a good year for South African wines in the US, with several scoring more than 90 points out of a possible 100 in exacting tastings by prestigious US wine publications.
A focus on variety: the big tasting trend of 2013
Varietal tastings were a major trend in 2013 - with tutored winemaker tastings of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Shiraz and Zinfandel. Graham Howe reports on a few of the highlights on the wine calendar last year.
Rebel with a cause - Raats joins My School Dream School South Africa
Winemaker Bruwer Raats will make an appearance in the MySchool Dream School SA reality series on MNet this December. Episode ten featuring Raats will be aired on Sunday, 15 December, on Channel 101 at 17h00.
Braai me to the moon in Hollywood
Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines recently accepted an invitation to dazzle Hollywood when he took part in the WOSA braai series hosted at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California.
Record Five-Stars for 2014 Platter's Guide
In a banner year for the South African wine industry, Platter's South African Wine Guide has chosen a remarkable 80 wines to be awarded the highest honour of five stars in this 34th edition of the guide – up from 62 in the last edition.
Raats old Vine Chenin considered a world great by Matthew Jukes
During a recent tasting in the United Kingdom, renowned wine writer Matthew Jukes declared that Bruwer Raats’ 2011 Old Vine Chenin is one of the greatest and most reliable Chenins in the world.
Wholewheat wines from the Cape
Tastings organised by generic promotional organisations are rarely great showcases for quality. For obvious reasons, they feel they have to show wines from all producers rather than the best producers. And in some cases the best producers can sell their wines so easily back home that they are unwilling to participate in expensive voyages overseas to pour precious bottles for foreigners, not all of whom will truly value them.
South Africa's Chenin Blancs: cheap and refreshing
If your warm-weather wine-drinking habits are anything like mine, you’re always looking for something new and invigorating.
Raats hits Jancis Robinson's purple pages
Chenin specialist Bruwer Raats has once again hit the spot with his 2012 Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc being included in Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages. The legendary Robinson has been a wine writer for over three decades and is currently the wine columnist for the prestigious Financial Times.
South African Winemakers, and their Team Mascot, WINO the RHINO, Sell-out a very successful first UK tour
Fifteen farm owners and winemakers, who form the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA), descended on the UK last week to raise the profile of high quality wines being produced in South Africa today. Taking part in 14 sell out events over the course of the week, they were joined at every stop by team mascot, ‘WINO the RHINO’.
Cabernet Franc and Johnny Depp
Members of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters were treated to a very special tasting of Cabernet Franc recently, and discovered the split personality of the grape.
Raats new releases amongst Top 100 SA Wines
Cabernet Franc specialist Bruwer Raats has once again proven his supremacy with this varietal with two of his latest releases featuring on the Top 100 SA Wines list, which was released today. The 2011 Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc and the 2011 Red Jasper were both chosen during the 2013 Top 100 SA Wines Challenge.
Cultural immersion for visiting US wine retailers & distributors
A township tour followed by lunch at the iconic Mzoli’s restaurant in Gugulethu, was the highlight for a touring group of influential US wine distributors and retailers.
Indaba rebranding wins best paper label at World Wine Championships
The strategic decision to return to its African roots has paid off for South African wine brand Indaba, which was named the Best Paper Label at the World Wine Championships Packaging Competition where it was up against 100s of wines from across the globe.
Top Wine SA Hall of Fame 2013
Good Cab Franc isn't as elusive as it was years ago
Raats rings in the New Year with fabulous ratings
Raats Family Wines continues its incredible track record in Robert Parker’s highly regarded The Wine Advocate with all his wines scoring over 90 points in Neal Martin’s 2012 overview of South African wines.
Friendship wine reaps in more accolades
The Mvemve Raats de Compostella created by winemaker friends Bruwer Raats and Mzokona Mvemve continues to impress wine critics locally and abroad. The beautiful Bordeaux blend recently added a 5-star Platter rating to its already impressive collection of accolades.
Platter's 2013 Puts Romance Back Into Wine With Focus On "Backstories"
It is said that every bottle of wine has a tale to tell, be it of a long-held wine dream turned into reality, an ailing vineyard nursed back to health, a crumbling cellar restored to former glory, or a visitor falling under the spell of the winelands.

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