In the Northern Hemisphere spring is here and so is the time for more white wine on the table! Today’s wine is a delightful food wine that has a complex and refreshing palate.

However, before we get to the wine in my glass I want to tell you a little bit about the Swartland’s revolutionary winemaker (and founding member of the Swartland Revolution), Adi Badenhorst.

AA Badenhorst Family Wines

Cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst grew up in Constantia where both their fathers farmed and their grandfather was farm manager on Groot Constantia. …


Generally speaking, Riesling is not a wine that often finds its way into my glass. I have a select few producers that I will pair with my favourite bobotie recipe, and today’s wine is going on that list!

Saurwein

After completing her BSc Oenology and Viticulture degree at the University of Stellenbosch, Jessica Saurwein worked in Sales and Marketing whilst working in the cellar during harvest each year and started making her own wine part-time in 2015.

In 2017, Jessica took the leap, resigned from her job and started focusing on her winemaking full-time. She specialises in Riesling and Pinot Noir…


With beautiful Afrikaans names for every bottle and what looks like hand-drawn pictures pasted on the front of the bottles of wine, this is by far one of the most interesting wineries that I have ever come across.

Each bottle tells a story, and each story is your own.

BLANKbottle Winery

The genius behind BLANKbottle Winery goes by the name of Pieter. The story of how the winery evolved, is that Pieter had a few cases of unlabelled bottles of Shiraz left over in his cellar. …


With record high temperatures in London this week, clocks set to British Summer Time and the evidence of spring visible on trees with bright new leaves and blossoms, I couldn’t help but to select a bright Chardonnay for this week’s review.

GlenWood Estate


Today I had the pleasure of tasting a pair of Sauvignons (Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon) from Survivor wines. You can read more about Survivor Wines if you click on this link.

Fun fact of the day, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are closely related (albeit one is a red variety and one a white variety) with Cabernet Sauvignon being an offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. It is for this reason that you might sometimes experience flavours and aromas of green bell pepper in certain expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon.

As with the previous Survivor Wines that I have…


Happy Wednesday! Here in the Uk the days are getting longer and slightly warmer and the sun is peeking through the clouds a little more often. And what does more sun, warmer and longer days result in? More white wine consumption!

This week, I’m continuing my exploration of the Survivor Wines range and poured myself a glass of their Chardonnay from Elgin. If you would like to read more about Survivor Wines you are welcome to read this article.

Winemaking

Today’s wine hails from Elgin where the vines are grown on sandy loam soils in an area that has frequent winter…


Isn’t it a great feeling to know that while you’re sipping on your glass of wine, you’re actively making a difference in the world? No, I’m not talking about you improving with every sip that you take, I’m talking about your contribution to help rehabilitate rhino calves that were orphaned due to rhino poaching.

Today’s wines are not only tasty and good value for money, they also contribute to the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa.

Care for Wild Wines Range

I am sure that everyone is well aware of the ever-increasing cases of Rhino poaching in Africa, and more specifically in South…


In celebration of International Women’s Day I wanted to feature one of South Africa’s brightest young female winemakers — Kiara Scott.

I reached out to Kiara to ask her a couple of questions which she very kindly answered for me. Along with this I tasted the Brookdale Chenin Blanc 2019, which was Kiara’s maiden vintage as winemaker for Brookdale Estate.

Kiara in a nutshell


Survivor Wines is one of the core brands that fall under Overhex Wines International which operates out of Worcester. Since being established in 2006, the company has quickly grown to become one of the the biggest exporters of South African wines.

It was quite an honour to be approached by Overhex Wines to taste and review a selection of their wines available to the UK market. Over the next few weeks I’ll share my experiences of a couple of their Survivor Wines as well as two wines from the Care for Wild range.

Without further ado, let’s taste some wine!

Survivor Wines


In South Africa Harvest is in full swing and soon all the cellars will be bursting at the seams with this year’s fermenting grape juice. It is such a magical and stressful time of the year and I’ve heard that it’s one of those things you wish could be over, but you can’t wait for the next one to come.

Through my studies and chatting to a couple of winemakers I have been fortunate enough to learn about the processes involved in the cellar and what steps need to be followed to turn a tiny, juicy grape into the delicious…

The Wine Dream

I am a wine enthusiast, sipping my way through the Cape Winelands. One wine at a time. WSET Level 2 Award in Wines.

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