Fire and brimstone and sulphites in wine

As featured in the Febraury/March issue of Longevity: There are many people who think that the sulphites and their supposed negative impact on health are God’s way of preventing them from enjoying wine too much. However, the role that sulphites play in our favourite beverage is very much misunderstood. Why are they there in the […]

May 3, 2011
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Stellenzicht Syrah 1994

The lunch menu was determined in advance and the three couples attending had to bring wine to complement each of the courses. As an aperitif, Drappier Quattuor, a Champagne composed of four white grape varieties, these being Chardonnay as well as the lesser known Arbanne, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meslier. Rich and exotic and just […]

May 2, 2011
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Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2008

To start the evening two examples of Chenin Blanc, De Trafford 2008 side by side with Post House 2008. I’d hoped that the wines would be rich and substantial and capable of providing some succour against the chill of winter which seems to have arrived all too early in the Cape but instead we found […]

May 1, 2011
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Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2008

A tasting of ten examples of Viognier, the line-up including wines that have come to the fore in one context or another as among the best in category. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Using Riedel […]

April 28, 2011
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Drunken diatribe No. 3

I originally wrote this back in 2003 on behalf of Wine magazine  a  few weeks after I wrote  off  a motor car. It remains one of the pieces of writing of which I am most proud: This being Valentine’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to praise the virtues of full phenolic ripeness. […]

April 27, 2011
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Groote Post Shiraz 2008

Darling property Groote Poste enjoys a cool-climate location not far from the Atlantic Ocean and hence tends to make such excellent Sauvignon Blanc but does this also explain why the Shiraz 2008 was so ordinary? The wine showed stalky, green flavours in addition to sour plum and had a somewhat briny after-taste. According to technical […]

April 27, 2011
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Warwick The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cab always used to be king but these days there are few who want a wine which requires an extended period of bottle maturation before it’s ready to broach. Warwick in Stellenbosch seem to have come up with a solution in the form of The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon which remains recognizable as Cabernet in […]

April 26, 2011
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The FMC Forrester Meinert Chenin 2000 – 2009

Among the various efforts over the last 10 or 15 years aimed at getting Cape Chenin Blanc considered among the world’s greatest wines, The FMC Forrester Meinert Chenin Blanc has played a pivotal role. It has won numerous accolades including the 2005 and 2006 being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s but most importantly it has […]

April 21, 2011
by Christian
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