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User Image jonolef Posted: Nov 20, 2017 5:51 PM (UTC)
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We eat and drink with our eyes. Regardless of the grape, region or vintage, a wine that glows in the glass is always on a winning wicket.
#pinotage #redwine #sawine @beyerskloof
User Image jonolef Posted: Nov 8, 2017 8:33 PM (UTC)
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The usual Swartland suspects; an oddball mix of varieties, grand claims to winemaking purism, whole berry fermentation, a militant condemnation of oak...& a partridge in a bushvine.
For all that, it’s still quite nice. 👁 A delightfully clear low-intensity cherry red.
👃🏼Nose is quite closed, but there are pleasant notes of pepper, oreganum, & cherry fruit. 👄 Palate carries soft red berry fruit & bright red plum acidity. Pepper spice on the tail. 📝 Shiraz, Pinotage, Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Grenache & Chenin Blanc.

#swartland #redwine #shiraz #sawine #grenache #mourvedre
User Image jonolef Posted: Nov 5, 2017 3:37 PM (UTC)
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It feels safe to say that there is a generation of wine lovers who know little more of Alto Estate than their supermarket shelf Alto Rouge blend, where the most exciting thing about it is the price.
But conservative though they may be, with a brand image that feels like it was crafted at a late night brainstorm session between PW Botha & Joseph Goebbels, wine lovers would do themselves a disservice to skip out on a tasting of some of Alto’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignons. At the very least, it will give you glimpse into the style of the Old Skool crowd on the New World scene.
#cabernetsauvignon #sawine #redwine #vintage #cork
User Image jonolef Posted: Oct 28, 2017 10:30 AM (UTC)
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User Image jonolef Posted: Oct 14, 2017 6:43 PM (UTC)
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Eight years ago, @rosettaroastery met with @jordan_metcalf, and then a few days later with @velcrosuit. A few weeks after that meeting (on the first draft, of course) they showed us the graphic manifestation of what we’d been desperately trying all along to express through our work.
If I’m honest, I always feel like they present us as far cooler than we actually are, but I’m sure as heck not going to stop them doing so. This latest little bit of vinyl work is continued proof of their rare talent.
Photo taken by @justin_groep
#design #graphicdesign #brutalism #vinyl #specialtycoffee #silodistrict #silo5 #capetown
User Image jonolef Posted: Oct 12, 2017 2:01 PM (UTC)
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Very excited to have a brand new @miachaplin original up in the store. It’s amazing how a little beauty can make your work day seem that much more manageable.
User Image jonolef Posted: Oct 9, 2017 8:11 PM (UTC)
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This wine is like Pirates of the Caribbean. No one cares what episode it is, you just keep investing because you know the formula is right. 👃🏼 Soft elements of plums, blackberries, cherries, gentle oak, and ever-so-subtle pepper. 👄 Softer than a Hugh Grant film with lovely balance between ripe black cherry & plum fruit, and the juicy blackberry acidity.
Tail carries lingering black fruit and a re-emergence of the subtle pepper and cloves spice. 📝 High art meets mass appeal. Fine work from #JosefDreyer at #Rakawines
User Image jonolef Posted: Oct 5, 2017 10:18 AM (UTC)
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When the mom-in-law is in town, it's rosé week. Each wine may be drunk only once. The mother-in-law's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Mercifully I got to do the shopping, which limited the carnage we could have witnessed.
The range saw wines from #BotRivier #stellenbosch #hemelenaarde and #Simondium with some delightful surprises and some as-to-be-expected results.
The most notable winners (although both were deemed "God-awful, nigh-on-undrinkable" by mother-dearest) were the following: * The Bloos by @hpf_skapie was a splendid tribute to Bordeaux, using all five red bdx varieties, but somehow managing to deliver the most splendid laser like acidity of a bdx Sauvignon Blanc. If you don't like acidity, steer clear of this guy. * Chardonnay-Pinot noir by @boschendal which was in essence a very tastefully wooded Chardonnay, with the marginally more serious nose of a wooded Pinot noir. What's not to like.
Many thanks to both @boschendal & @hpf_skapie for bothering to take seriously a style of wine that sometimes struggles to take itself seriously.
#brosé #pinkdrinks #sawine
User Image jonolef Posted: Sep 28, 2017 10:55 AM (UTC)
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One of the hallmarks of a mature consumer industry is one where consumers make a valid entry at a large range of price points. 
Our wine industry has products that sell for R40.00 and some that sell R400.00 (or triple that, if you know where to look). Both have their markets and both price brackets offer a very different set of value propositions.
It is possible for a R400 bottle of wine to deliver outstanding value to the consumer who can afford it. Like, unfortunately, it is possible for a R40 bottle of wine to offer viciously poor value, despite its relatively benign-seeming price point. This wine is one of those. Link to full review is in the bio.
#rotgut #redwine #animalfarm #consumervalue #handrinkssolo
User Image jonolef Posted: Sep 27, 2017 12:17 PM (UTC)
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The ample bosom of the wine world; fruit forward, mysterious, deep, soft, rounded, and profoundly comforting. Pure class from David Nieuwoudt.
Layers of ripe black fruit roll gently over the palate with exceptional balance between the sweetness of the ripe black fruit and superbly clean juicy blackberry acidity. It boggles the mind how this wine manages to be both clean, clear, and elegant, while simultaneously presenting as softer than a YouTube video of kittens sleeping.
Masterful. @driehoekcederberg
#syrahdumonde #shiraz #sawine #syrah #awardwinning @wineonaplatter
User Image jonolef Posted: Sep 27, 2017 12:11 PM (UTC)
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While the @zeitzmocaa Collection is superb, not all the masterpieces are inside the Zeitz. This gem from @kvdwespressonisticworks Is worth a little limelight too.
It took me a while to get this up, purely because we've been loving the process of learning to drive this engineering marvel. It's been pretty magical watching The Silo District slowly waking up, and with @theyardcapetown having its media launch today, it feels like Summer at the Silo has finally arrived. If you haven't popped in at the @rosettaroastery espresso bar inside The Yard restaurant, it's worth adding it to your to-do list.
Photo by @justin_groep
Machine installed by @roasttrip.

#keesvanderwesten #kvwspirit #rosettaroastery #specialtycoffee #capetown
User Image jonolef Posted: Sep 11, 2017 3:54 PM (UTC)
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These kids better get used African art, shipyards, and tourists.
User Image jonolef Posted: Sep 10, 2017 4:48 PM (UTC)
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I wrote earlier about my appreciation for people and companies that refuse to accept the status quo, without first asking a few questions and investigating the possibility that there may be a smarter way to do things. @kvdwespressonisticworks is a company that has built a multi-generational legacy founded on the principle that "there must be a better way". So excited to pull a few @rosettaroastery espressos out of this beauty. #silodistrict #vandawaterfront #capetown #keesvanderwesten #keesvanderwestenspirit
User Image jonolef Posted: Aug 31, 2017 7:53 PM (UTC)
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The weekend isn't here yet. There's still homework to be done in the form of the @winemag.co.za Sauv-Sem Blend and Wooded Sauv report. Download your copy from www.winemag.co.za
#homework #sauvignonblanc #semillon #woodedwhites #winemag
User Image jonolef Posted: Aug 29, 2017 8:06 PM (UTC)
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It's Bieber vs. Bublé. Or Coldplay vs. Radiohead. Plenty of acclaim in both sides of the fence, but one might argue that their work is simply directed at different audiences.
It must be said, though, that no matter which side you come down on, there are way worse tasks to be set than having to finish these beauties in order to reach a verdict. #researchanddevelopment #cabernetsauvignon #sawine @kleinezalze @waterford_estate
User Image jonolef Posted: Aug 27, 2017 4:02 PM (UTC)
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Spring is here! The official date was 18 August, so this is a week or so late. Or the almond blossoms are early. Who's to say?
User Image jonolef Posted: Aug 22, 2017 3:40 PM (UTC)
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"Me & Jenny was like peas and carrots again."
@rosettaroastery is very excited to welcome the newest member of the family. We've kitted out a new digs for her and everything.
#silodistrict #vandawaterfront #kvdwespressonisticworks #kvdspirit #thatsthespirit
User Image jonolef Posted: Aug 15, 2017 1:55 PM (UTC)
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A lovely little surprise from @balancewine. Their new Limited Edition range (only available in restaurants) has some great additions for budding wine enthusiasts to discover new varieties. Two highlights were the Pinot Grigio and this super approachable #Cinsault. It's light, fresh & clean. Like a good pair of undies, I suppose. #sawine #singlevariety #mybalancemoment
User Image jonolef Posted: Aug 3, 2017 3:47 PM (UTC)
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Say what you like about mass produce, this was really pleasant. Happy Birthday to me. #champagne #birthday #bubbles
User Image jonolef Posted: Aug 2, 2017 3:15 PM (UTC)
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Christmas in August. Beautiful work from the guys at @mahlkonig! @rosettaroastery just got a little bit cooler. In a nerdy, paradoxically very uncool kind of way.