De Trafford Straw Wine 2003 vs. Lammershoek Straw Wine 2009

Last night an interesting contrast in styles when De Trafford Straw Wine 2003 was put up against Lammershoek Straw Wine 2009, the former being hugely rich and full, the latter fresher and more zingy. The De Trafford is from 100% Chenin Blanc, and was naturally fermented in mostly new oak, 60% French and 40% American […]

March 2, 2011
by Christian
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Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Last night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening Cabernet Sauvignon. Two flights, the first featuring wines from 2001 or younger, the second wines from 2000 or older. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. Flight one Kanonkop 2003 18/20 Dalla Cia 2005 […]

March 2, 2011
by Christian
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Steenberg Magna Carta 2009

Last night the launch of Magna Carta 2009, the flagship offering from Constantia winery Steenberg, this being the second ever release after the 2007 vintage, the 2008 not producing wine of sufficient quality to bear Magna Carta designation. The 2009 is a blend of 60% Sauvingon Blanc and 40% Semillon, the latter component fermented in […]

March 1, 2011
by Christian
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Glen Carlou Tortoise Hill White 2009

Looking for some uncomplicated quaffing the other day, I opted for Tortoise Hill White 2009 from Paarl winery Glen Carlou. This wine is a rather exotic blend of 38% Viognier, 36% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon and 11% Verdelho, so potentially some interest despite being priced at a modest R39 a bottle. I must report however […]

March 1, 2011
by Christian
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Louis Roederer Cristal 2004

55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay. Five years on the lees, 8 months bottle maturation prior to release. Fine but ultra-energetic mousse. Citrus and hint of brioche on the nose. Very youthful on the palate with outstanding fruit expression – juicy and ripe. Bright acidity. Served with sustainably farmed Kaluga caviar at Steenberg Magna Carta 2009 […]

March 1, 2011
by Christian
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Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2008 vs. Domaine Clape Cornas 2007 vs. Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Shiraz 2006

At dinner last night as part of the second annual Constantia Fresh weekend organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events, another chance to see how South Africa stacks up against the best of France. Whereas the local wine industry generally had an unduly high opinion of the quality it was capable of 15 years […]

February 26, 2011
by Christian
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Altydgedacht Tintoretto 2009

Last night Altydgedacht Tintoretto 2009 at swish inner-city hotel 15 on Orange. This becomes the Durbanville property’s flagship red and is another in the emerging category of freestyle red blends, featuring 45% Pinotage, 33% Barbera, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Shiraz. Pinotage takes the lead as Altydgedacht has enjoyed notable success with the variety in […]

February 25, 2011
by Christian
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Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé 2000

Yesterday started with brunch at Waterfront hotel The Cape Grace to celebrate a decade of Ken Forrester Wines importing Champagne Billecart-Salmon into South Africa. How much of an impact has the recession affected local sales? Forrester is discreet about quite how much he sells but says “Volumes pretty much plateaued last year and I’m determined […]

February 25, 2011
by Christian
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