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Chile’s Best Carmenère

By Jul 27, 2016 0 comment
If Germany is Riesling, Burgundy is Pinot Noir and New Zealand is Sauvignon Blanc, then Chile is Carmenère. *Casa Silva is 100% family-owned and managed, and the most awarded Chilean winery in the world. They were the “Chilean Winery of the Year 2013”. *This Micro Terroir Carmenère won “Best Carmenère of Chile Trophy” at the […]
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A wine that won, and lost.

By Jun 29, 2016 0 comment
There seems to be little question that wine awards and their associated medals and other ‘bling’ attract people to buy those winning wines. It isn’t hard to understand why, “recommendations” are always at the top of reasons why we buy the things we do. A wine competition neatly fills that role: judges or experts have […]
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Big Up to the Magnum

By Mar 01, 2016 0 comment
We all like to impress and surprise, and like having a self-tie bowtie when everyone else has a clip-on, magnums are the ultimate in one-upmanship! Weighing-in at exactly twice the size of a normal bottle, magnums not only look great but are more efficient for parties and actually keep and age the wine better. The […]
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Dynamite comes in small packages

By Feb 17, 2016 0 comment
As the owner and wine maker at Dagbreek Wine Estate in Rawsonville, Peet Smith’s main business is farming grapes for much larger “big brand” estates in the region. However, he also grows very small batches of grapes to vinify for himself under his own boutique label that shares the same name as the farm, and […]
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50 cases gone in a flash

By Nov 17, 2015 0 comment
One of the joys of specialising in small producers and boutique estates is the occasional access we have to unique, once-off products. We are always on the lookout for such items, and take great excitement in sourcing them and providing them for our private customers. A chance meeting Two years ago, while at The Wine […]
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A toast to ‘Freedom’

By Nov 05, 2015 0 comment
  South African produced Radford Dale, the premium label from The Winery of Good Hope has been a firm presence on the Frogitt & Vonkel wine list for over 10 years now. Ever since the label’s inception, proprietor Alex Dale had been conscientiously perfecting the art of producing Pinot Noir to world-class standards, driven by […]
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Wine Growing Regions

By Aug 18, 2015 2 comments
Bot River Known for producing delicate wines with pure fruit flavours, Bot River falls within the Cape South Coast Region of South Africa. Bordering on Elgin, Bot River is considered to be the gateway to Walker Bay and has its own maritime microclimate. The uniqueness of the region’s wines comes from the cool ocean breezes […]
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