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A wine safari far from the bush

It was a “safari” because there were four young winemakers, each of whom had brought along a wine to show off, tell us about and share with us, all the while being matched to a particular dish by executive chef Roland Gorgosilich and his highly skilled team. In effect, we all stayed put at our tables, while four winemakers moved from table to table with each course.

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A slave to lovely stories and wine

Instead of having Rijk do a jack-in-a-box act and hate every minute of the evening, the speeches were succinct and despatched with while having aperitifs in the foyer before we filed in to the hotel’s The Square restaurant to dine. Thereafter, the only time you heard Rijk’s thoughts on any of his wines, and how they matched the five courses, was when you stopped at his table, or he at yours, for some one-on-one reflections on wine, food and life.

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Zonnebloem Shiraz 2010

  Aged for two years, intense with fruity-nutty flavours and redolent of true grit – and that’s just the piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano that the winemaker sent along with this bottle of fruit-packed, spicy shiraz. It’s as plummy as a BBC cricket commentator after three gin and tonics. Like many of the best shirazes, great with […]

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Two Oceans Pinot Grigio 2012

Now the ubiquitous Two Oceans have brought out another menu pleaser as an alternative to their crowd-pleasing sauvignon blanc, and one that’s also kind to the pocket (around R30 a bottle).

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Place in the Sun Shiraz 2011

Bit of a powerhouse shiraz, packing 14% alcohol and deep with mulberry notes on the palate spiced with the expected pepper. Testosterone-charged body and oakiness suggest keeping for another day.

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Sliver’s Wine Cellar

WELCOME to Sliver’s Wine Cellar. A growing list of wines we recommend, from easy quaffers at an affordable price to serious wines to be savoured with fine food on a starry night. Not every wine that passes Sliver’s palate is listed here. But they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg to impress […]

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