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Kim Drake

Wine Curator

“When a winemaker gets the wine right, it is pure joy, like sipping a wonderfully painted artwork from the Louvre.” These are the words of Kim Drake, Londolozi’s Procurement Manager turned part-time Sommelier. Kim’s love of wine first started developing in 2010, shortly ...

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Marinda Drake
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Well researched and written. The Wild Yeast Chardonnay look so good, can’t wait to taste it. Will be lovely on a warm summer evening.

Kim Drake
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It’s a wonderfully complex Chardonnay which can very easily be enjoyed on a lovely winter’s evening as well!

Judes
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Nice blog, Kim. Sounds good to try -much prefer unpacked Chardonnay too!

Judes
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Unoaked! Sorry predictive text!

Kim Drake
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Thanks Judes, a well oaked Chardonnay is great but this special gem is definitely one of the best unoaked Chardonnay’s I’ve had in a long time.

Ryan James
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A great addition to the wine list Kim. The Robertson wine region is fantastic. Unfortunately it is dwarfed by Stellenbosch, but I would recommend Robertson to visitors as a really worth-while day trip. There are some great restaurants in the town for lunch as well.

Kim Drake
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Robertson is a great area to visit with a lot of special wine farms with some great wines coming from the region. Springfield Estate does tastings Mondays to Fridays 0800 to 1700 and Saturdays 0900 to 1600. They also do guided tours of the estate as long it is pre-arranged. Whilst in the area one should pop round to Graham Beck for some bubbles!

Mike Sutherland
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Great blog Kimbo! Very educational and inspiring to see a great new family wine on the list! Thanks for all the info! The ducks are especially fascinating!

Kim Drake
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More and more wine farms are starting to follow this trend of using ducks to get rid of pests, Vergenoegd, Avondale, Ken Forrester, this list goes on. Much better than spraying pesticides!

Kate Collins
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Thank you Kim for another fantastic wine blog. I am looking forward to trying the Springfield ‘Wild Yeast’ chardonnay.

Kim Drake
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Thanks Kate, we shall have to crack open a bottle soon. We have plenty of stock so more than enough for all!

Dave Mills
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Completely agree that many (most?) South African wines match or exceed wines from other parts of the world. Alas, in my corner of the United States, South African wines are difficult to find. That’s a shame. We’re missing some great tastes. Thanks for another delightful blog. Keep up the great work.

Kim Drake
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Thanks for the lovely comment Dave, unfortunately the demand has become so high for our wine that producers are even battling to keep up with local supply. All the more reason to come visit South Africa though, then you can drink the wine from the source!

Anna
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Great blog again Kimbo, am loving reading and learning more from your incredible passion. Thank you

Mark
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A wine even better enjoyed I am sure in the luxurious and relaxing surrounds of Londolozi and the Sabi Sands I am sure – a good enough of en excuse as I could ever find to visit again!
Awesome and informative – clearly you know your wine (certainly not from countless hours around the boma fire and beneath the starry African skies im sure ;)!)

Kim Drake
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Thanks for the comments Mark, spending countless hours around the boma fire drinking one is one of the best ways to learn more about it!

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