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South African Chenin Blanc | The Renaissance

By winemaker Mark Le Roux Chenin Blanc History & its Revolution in SA Named after Mont Chenin of Touraine in the Loire Valley in the 15th century, Chenin Blanc is still considered synonymous with the Loire to this day. The region is defined by 4 distinct seasons, with rainfall throughout the year, moderate summers (highs […]

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The great grape scandal | South African Chardonnay

The story of Chardonnay starts in South Africa in the 1970s. The South African wine industry had a paltry offering back then, with basically only two white wine varieties; Chenin Blanc and Crouchen (Cape Riesling).  Everything was done under the strict auspices of mega-producer KWV, which exercised quasi-state influence over the industry and regulated the […]

RAKQ’s Lions Tour Giveaway

To celebrate the Lions Test Series against the Springboks, we’re giving away some lekker wine, a rugby jersey and Biltong (courtesy of our friends at The Biltong Shack) to one lucky winner. HOW TO ENTER Place an order before 5pm on Friday 6th August Tell us who you’re supporting in the notes section at checkout […]

GlenWood Vigneron Chardonnay Review

The Wine Dream Review | GlenWood Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2018

This is a guest post and independent review of GlenWood’s Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2018 by Alicia de Wet of The Wine Dream.  The Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay is a stunning expression of the grape, with citrus and tropical fruit flavours perfectly balanced by the oak characteristics.   As you can see in the pictures, the wine […]

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SA wine quiz & giveaway

How much do you know about South African wine? Put your knowledge to the test and enter a prize draw to win a case of premium South African wine in our new quiz. TAKE THE QUIZ The Prize Take the quiz and sign-up for the chance to win 6 bottles of premium South African wine […]

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5 Things you should know about South African wine 2021

1. It offers a whole world of wine in one country Whether you’re a Bordeaux traditionalist, or zippy NZ Sauvignon Blancs are your thing, South Africa has a wine for you.  This is thanks to the wealth of diversity in South Africa’s vineyards and wine landscapes. From the maritime influence of two mighty oceans, to […]

WATCH | Waterford Estate tasting with winemaker Mark Le Roux

Watch the recording of our virtual wine tasting with Mark Le Roux, the passionate young winemaker behind the iconic Waterford Estate, Stellenbosch. Presented by wine consultant Libby Zietsman-Brodie of Bacchus & Brodie, the one hour session will take you through a collection of six superb Waterford wines: Waterford Estate, Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (12’30s) Waterford […]

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What’s so great about Pinot Noir? By South African winemaker Mark Le Roux

There’s nothing quite the same. It can capture a specific moment in time, while giving so much freedom to the story teller. Wine. I am Mark le Roux, winemaker at Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch for the last 11 years and founder of MARK. wines. Firmly rooted in South Africa’s winemaking heritage, Waterford Estate is owned […]