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Home to old vines and new ideas, Swartland is a place where energy and tradition can collide to spectacular effect. Clinton Cawood joins a team of sommeliers as they assess whether it could, indeed, become South Africa’s first must-list wine region
The best of Beaujolais, and from the Western Cape too
Some top SA wines, and a little champagne too
A vast array of whisky and wine this week
Not a vast amount in the way of bargains, but there were some decent, unusual wines here, proving that the New World still knows how to innovate
Some good-value wines but the relatively low ratio of entries to medals suggests a lot of bandwagon-jumping, too
Plenty of medals again for Chile, although the judges were most impressed stylistically with Australia and South Africa
Good wines, good prices and a variety of styles, Syrah was one of the stand-out varieties for the New World
More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way
For the first time, South Africa has finally dominated this category, with a decent spread of wines from cheap to pricey. A watershed year for the Saffers, perhaps?
Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 2011...
With screwcaps to the fore, the quality of the whites (particularly) and the reds here was amazing for the price. Rosé was another matter entirely
Some weird and wonderful blends and, despite the lack of Golds, a generally positive reaction from the tasters
Solid, rather than great wines, and a return to dominance for South Africa
A smallish but dynamic section, our sommeliers found some really good, food-friendly wines here at prices that make them all well worth a look