Jordan The Prospector Syrah 2008

On 12 February 2010, state-owned African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation submitted a public participation report to the Department of Minerals and Energy regarding its application for prospecting rights in the Stellenbosch Kloof area, the deadline for comment by affected parties being 9 March, less than a month later. Land appropriation by the most indirect […]

March 29, 2011
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Perdeberg Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

When colleague Angela Lloyd asked me to nominate my top 100 wines in South Africa as part of a survey for the Grape.co.za website, I took the liberty of including Perdeberg Chenin Blanc on the basis that there are few wines that are more reliable in terms of providing satisfying everyday drinking. In December last […]

March 28, 2011
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Topical pic: South Africa vs. New Zealand and lunch with Sebastian Beaumont

Difficult to concentrate on work when national side the Proteas is playing in a Cricket World Cup semi-final. As I was sneaking out for a lunch-time burger at local restaurant Drew’s on Durban, an unexpected call from Sebastian Beaumont of family-owned Bot River winery Beaumont. The 2010 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc (increasingly well […]

March 25, 2011
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Cape Point Vineyards Woolworths Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc 2009

A cracking wine showing a range of aromas and flavours from grassy-green through to ripe granadilla with bright but not harsh acidity. Pure fruited and not as “nervy” as I suspect it was on release. It rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2010, where it got this rather fanciful description: “Minerality is the seam binding in […]

March 25, 2011
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Clos Malverne Sophia Limited Release 2008

Clos Malverne owner Seymour Pritchard says that when winemaker Charl Coetzee informed him towards the end of last year that he was considering a move to Babylonstoren, the Paarl winery owned by Naspers CEO Koos Bekker, he quickly realised making a counter-offer was pointless, much as he might like to have retained Coetzee’s services. Gone […]

March 24, 2011
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Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 1998

Those luckily enough to have tasted Pinotage from the 1970s will know that the variety is capable of very good, even great wine. However, in the modern era, it has gone through ups and downs, or rather downs and ups, wines from the mid-1990s very much more clumsy and rustic than they are now, local […]

March 22, 2011
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Topical pic: Family Mullineux visits Klein Optenhorst during Wellington Harvest Festival

The Wellington Harvest Festival took place this past weekend and I spent it pouring the Klein Optenhorst Pinot Noir Cap Classique 2009, grapes from my parents-in-law’s property that they own  in the area and the wine made by Graham Beck’s Pieter Ferreira. When Chris and Andrea Mullineux of Swartland label Mullineux Family Wines paid a […]

March 22, 2011
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J.C. Le Roux Brut Non-vintage

Brunch today at The House of J.C. Le Roux to mark the launch of the cellar’s Brut Non-vintage. A jazz quartet serenaded us while we dined and having got a good few glasses of the recently released and rather good Pinot Noir 2008 down my throat before we were even seated, I hoped they might […]

March 18, 2011
by Christian
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