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South African wines are grown in one of the world's most special places – with ancient soils, two oceans, soaring mountains and unparalleled natural beauty. The South African winelands are renowned for their breathtaking scenery and the wines are as full of variety as the myriad of cultures that form this Rainbow Nation.

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Oldenburg flies high with British Airways Business Class

By Admin | 27 April 2016

The Oldenburg Chenin Blanc 2015 and Chardonnay 2015 have just been selected for British Airways Business Class, London to Cape Town and Johannesburg routes. So, if you find yourself lucky enough to be travelling to South Africa in Business Class with British Airways, make sure you try the Oldenburg wines. It's the ideal way to start your journey and should your final destination be Cape Town, you can visit the beautiful wine Estate and taste the wines again in situ! 

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Oldenburg wines now available from Ocado

By Admin | 26 April 2016

Oldenburg Vineyards produce small quantities of hand-crafted red and white wines. You can imagine our elation when we learned that two Oldenburg wines are now available through Ocado:

The food friendly Oldenburg Chenin Blanc (£15.95) is full of tropical fruit flavours and the short time spent in oak barrels gives the wine a beautiful caramel biscuit flavour. This is the ideal wine to enjoy with roast pork.

If you are looking for a delicious red wine, you can't go wrong with the Oldenburg Syrah (£21.99). The Oldenburg Syrah 2012 has lots of red fruit, plum and cherries on the nose and there is a hint of white pepper that adds a dash of spice. This wine is firm and has youthful tannins, another fantastic food wine and a classic roast beef would work perfectly. 

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Ekhaya pops up in Brixton market

By Admin | 31 March 2016

Ekhaya is a handmade craft, basketwear, textiles and toy retailer selling goods exclusively from South Africa. They have a brand new pop up shop at Pop Brixton until 28th April and they are selling some lovely things. We recommend that you head over to Pop Brixton, Roman Road this weekend to find some South African style and flavour to add to your home. Follow Ekhaya on Twitter here

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

It’s that time again. The time when South African wine journalist Tim James sends out a questionnaire to key wine journalists, sommeliers and retailers in South Africa and abroad who have a special interest in the country’s wines. 27 people in all were polled. We were asked to give him a list of our top 20 producers, identifying our top five out of this list. And from the responses, he compiles an overall list of the 20 best producers, according to opinion formers. Because this is South Africa and the journalists there don’t trust each other all that much, the whole process is of course audited, to take away any grounds for accusations of fiddling. And, when the results are released, we all go back to our notes to see how well our own personal lists tallies with the final group list.   I’ve done this exercise a few times now (it was first done in 2001, and has been repeated several times since), and I always find it very interesting. Some of us (me included) are very enthusiastic about new producers and the latest developments. Others take a more measured approach where they like to select producers with a longer track record, and pay homage to some of the industry greats. Overall, there’s a natural balance to the final ranking, and each time the list is compiled, it gives a snapshot of how the wine scene here is evolving.

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In Jo's glass

I was recently in South Africa for Cape Wine and managed to taste several vintages of the delicious Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia. I usually opt for a sweet wine at the end of a meal instead of a pudding and The Vin de Constance is a perfect way to end a meal. It's rich and opulent with stone fruits, vanilla and a hint of spice yet it is also fresh, balanced and has a long, moreish finish. Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, highly rated both the 2011 and 2012 in his most recent report on South Africa which is available to download for £15 on timatkin.com.  

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