Stellenzicht Syrah 1994 is a South African icon red wine. In the notorious SAA Shield tasting of 1995 that saw the country pitched against Australia, local wines were badly shown up on the whole so it was no mean feat when the maiden 1994 vintage of Syrah from Stellenbosch farm Stellenzicht made by André van […]
Boutique winemaker Richard Hilton recently hosted a benchmarking exercise for nine Cape Town sommeliers and me featuring his two favoured varieties, namely Viognier and Syrah. Two flights of eight, these as follows: Flight One: Viognier 1. Y. Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets 2014 (France) 2. Andre Perret Condrieu 2014 (France) 3. Yalumba Virgilius 2012 (Australia) 4. […]
Tasting notes and ratings for the trophy winners at the Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge 2017 as follows: Best Brut: Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2011 White peach and apple plus some yeasty complexity. Rich with lemon-like acidity and a creamy, nicely energetic mousse. The finish, meanwhile, is long and savoury. Editor’s rating: 91/100. Best […]
Results of the 16th Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge were announced earlier today. Best Brut: Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2011 Best Rosé: Simonsig Woolworths Pinot Noir Rosé No Sulphur Added 2015 Best Blanc de Blanc, Best Overall: Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012 Best Museum Class: Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005 Best Producer: […]
The International Wine and Spirits Competition 2017 were announced recently. Local wines winning the top accolade of “Gold Outstanding” (93+ on the 100-point scale) were as follows: Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Nedeburg Private Bin Edelkeur 2013 Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2015 For full results, click here.
Kloovenburg is one of the larger Swartland farms where wine production vies with table grapes, olives and figs for attention. First bottling was in 1998 and the wines were for a long time made in a broadly popular style, decent enough but rather unremarkable. More recently, however, owner Pieter du Toit has upped the ante […]
The sixth annual Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017 is now out. Special acknowledgements as follows: Winemakers of the year: Chris and Andrea Mullineux Young Winemaker of the year: Mark Le Roux of Wateford Winemaking Legend: Neil Ellis Overall White Wine of the Year: Sadie Family Kokerboom 2016 Overall Red Wine of the Year: […]
Andrea Mullinuex says of her fixation with straw wine that it is an effort to “showcase the sun” – botrytis is difficult to obtain locally while harvesting late means forfeiting acidity so instead she opts for grapes that have been dried which has the effect of “concentrating everything”. Mullineux Essence 2012 is from Chenin Blanc […]