Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond 2005

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, […]

May 26, 2011
by Christian
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Petite Pongrácz

                  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. […]

May 26, 2011
by Christian
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Hazendal De Haas White N/V

                        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…) […]

May 24, 2011
by Christian
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Steenberg Shiraz 2009

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 […]

May 22, 2011
by Christian
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Peter Lehmann Margaret Barossa Semillon 2005

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 […]

May 22, 2011
by Christian
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Jade Jagger designs Beaucaillou label

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.  

May 20, 2011
by Christian
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Avondale Cyclus 2009

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 […]

May 20, 2011
by Christian
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Oak Valley Chardonnay 2010

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 […]

May 20, 2011
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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