2010 Wine magazine Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 results

Results of the fourth annual Wine magazine Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 were announced today. These were as follows (performance at Veritas in brackets for interest’s sake): FIVE STARS Anura Unfiltered Reserve 2010 (Double Gold, Veritas 2010) FOUR AND A HALF STARS Cederberg 2010 (Silver, Veritas 2010) De Grendel Koetshuis 2010 (Double Gold, Veritas 2010) First […]

October 20, 2010
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Veritas Awards 2010 tasting: some reflections

To qualify for museum class at Veritas 2010, white wines are required to be five years from vintage and older, reds 10  years and older. Significantly, whites produced one double gold and three gold medals, and reds no double golds or golds. Producers were obliged to show only one bottle of wines at last night’s […]

October 20, 2010
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Simonsig Aurum Chardonnay 2007

With my sweetheart and me both feeling disinclined to fulfil grocery shopping duties for supper last night, we debated how best to dispense with the various soon-to-expire items in the fridge: broccoli-based stir fry vs. bratwurst with broccoli vs. pasta with chicken and mushroom in a cream-based sauce. I was soon sautéing the onions, followed […]

October 19, 2010
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Hillcrest Hornfels 2008

On Friday, a dinner to sample the new releases from Durbanville estate Hillcrest. The venue was a marquee next to the huge disused quarry on the farm – up to 1984, what was then Anglo Alpha had used the property to obtain rock for use in the production of concrete and road base and hence […]

October 18, 2010
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Alto M.P.H.S. 2007

Stellenbosch farm Alto has had only four winemakers since it was first established, these being Manie Malan from (1920 to 1956), Piet du Toit (1959 to 1982), Hempies du Toit (1983 to 2000) and Schalk van der Westhuizen (2001 until present), and the new ultra-premium wine  M.P.H.S. 2007 bears the first-name initials of these individuals. […]

October 15, 2010
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Steenberg H.M.S. Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2010

On Wednesday lunch at the site of the Battle of Muizenberg for the launch of HMS Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and the HMS Sphynx Chardonnay 2010, two new wines from Constantia winery Steenberg. In a world of twee wine names, two to conjure with: Rattlesnake and Sphynx, being part of the squadron of ten Royal […]

October 15, 2010
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Topical pic: 2010 Nedbank Green Wine Awards judging completed

Judging for the second annual Nedbank Green Wine Awards to be reported on in the December issue of Wine magazine was completed earlier today. The panel consisted of Miguel Chan of Southern Sun Deluxe Hotels, Ginette de Fleuriot of Vinimark, Allan Mullins of Woolworths, Haskell Vineyards winemaker Rianie Strydom and me. There were 50 entries compared […]

October 12, 2010
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What “Skywalker” drank on 08.10.10

Skywalker says: ” Pierre Olivier  Beaune Clos de Mouche 1962. Out of a half bottle, nearly 50 years old; restored my faith in great cellaring; beautiful.” Here you get to reminisce not just about bottles drunk but also great meals eaten and the crazy, crazy gang that was there at the time. Send photos and […]

October 12, 2010
by Christian
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