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Neil Pendock March 15, 2014 0

The Boland klitsed its bolla behoorlik  today at Bosman’s Family Vineyards in the Bovlei Valley of Wellington. R100 bought you a tasting glass, a map and lashings of brilliant Chenin Blanc and sexy Syrah. This is what SA wine is all about – good weather, good times, good music and good company.

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Last weekend Paarl, former mother appellation with which Wellington was lumped, celebrated their Ommiberg Festival. Now that Wellington has flown the nest, they set their own agenda and clashing with the AfrAsia Cape Wine Auction at Delaire was not an issue. After all, totally different markets are being addressed.

Reni Hildenbrand, looking like a terrestial angel, was preaching the gospel of extra virgin olive oil at Diemersfontein

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while next door, the Rib Shack Red from DGB at R40 a bottle must be one of the best deals in the Winelands.

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Marketed as a “wine for people who braai” this is the kind of product that should ensure that wine becomes the national drink of SA. Smooth, accessible with generous and full flavours, it is better than many red blends from other appellations at three times the price.

Over at Welbedacht, distiller Andy Watts was explicating the joys of SA whisky – a funny thing to see at a harvest festival. But Three Ships is on a roll with Jim Murray, a whisky wonk of few words, scoring three of them over 90 points (out of 100) with a killer tasting note for each “brilliant.”

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