Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond might date no further back than the maiden 1998 vintage but this Bordeaux-style red blend is shaping up as South Africa’s best. The 2005 last night proved excellent , more savoury than sweet and showing balance and finesse. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, […]
How different could bottle-fermented fizz Pongrácz in 375ml half-bottle be to that in the standard 750ml offering? Not very but the launch involved an evening cruise on luxury yacht Tigger 2 in Table Bay and you have to be pretty jaded to pass up on that. […]
The White and the Red in the De Haas collection of wines from Stellenbosch property Hazendal are the most impressive entry-level wines I’ve tasted for some time (there’s also a Rosé and being a Rosé, I haven’t got around to trying it yet…) […]
Big fan of Constantia winery Steenberg’s whites, not such a big fan of its reds. Until now, that is. The Shiraz 2009 is all about finesse: dark berries, lilies and attractive oak spice on the nose, while the palate is medium bodied and balanced, perhaps the defining feature being its refreshing coolness, alcohol by volume […]
On Friday, a workshop conducted by Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius towards a better understanding of Semillon. At the end of 2010, it was the 12th most planted variety in the country with the total area amounting to 1 182.4ha (some 30% of this is planted in the Breedekloof where it’s used to dolly up entry-level […]
Decanter.com reports that British jewelry designer Jade Jagger has created a label for Croix de Beaucaillou, the second wine of Bordeaux Second Growth Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (see here). Jagger is the only child of Bianca (née Macias), a Nicaraguan-born actress and philanthropist, and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. Makes perfect sense to me.
The main benefit of wine exhibitions for me is not the opportunity to check out the hot 30-something female professionals these events seem to attract, but rather to discover wines I might not ordinarily come across. Yesterday at the Wade Bales Wine Festival, the Avondale Cyclus 2009, a blend of 60% Viognier and the balance […]
Out of the 23 000 cases that Elgin winery Oak Valley produces annually, 10 000 are Sauvignon Blanc, 10 000 are Bordeaux-style red blend and only 1 500 each are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (and the OV white blend apparently too little to mention). “I wish it was the other way around, but when we […]