De Trafford winemaker David Trafford won the WINE magazine Challenge in 2000 and again in 2002 (jointly with Teddy Hall) so his capability with Chenin is well established. According to the De Trafford website, grapes for this wine come from vineyards ranging in age from 21 to 35 years in Helderberg, Stellenbosch. The wine was […]
This year’s Chardonnay tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 173 examples (28 unwooded and 145 wooded) submissions compared to 150 (19 unwooded and 131 wooded) in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, wine writer Angela Lloyd, Woolworths wine selector Allan Mullins, JD Pretorius, […]
Today saw a comparative tasting of Aussie vs. South African Chardonnay, 13 top examples from each country at Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch. Out of the 26 wines tasted, South Africa took first place, with a further seven in the top 10 – a deeply pleasing result that shows local wines can hold their own in […]
The Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008 was among the winners of the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 as convened by WINE magazine rating 4 Stars, and then remarkably was the only example of its vintage among the 2009 winners with a rating of 4½ Stars, the rest all being from 2009 itself Clearly, […]
An interesting exercise to mark the re-opening of Die Bergkelder, home of Fleur du Cap wines on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, after refurbishment to offer a better visitor experience: Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 oaked six ways by the late Dr Julius Laszlo, Bergkelder cellarmaster from 1978 to 1992 and the man credited with […]
Alc 15.3% RS 2.1 g/l TA 6.2 g/l pH 3.42 Matured in 77% French and 23% American oak for 23 months, 100% new. Tasting note: Intense black in colour. Initially closed on the nose but opens in the glass to reveal red and black fruit. Very concentrated on the palate with fresh acidity and firm […]
Alc 14.5% RS 3.2g/l TA 6.1g/l pH 3.64 Matured in French oak for 23 months, 100% new. Tasting note: Dark red in colour. Oak prominent on the nose. Rich and full on the palate with flavours of red fruit and caramel. Fresh acidity, chunky tannins. Slight rustic quality. CE’s score: 16/20.
It’s indicative of how gracious my wife Jane is that she let me go off to a Pinotage tasting followed by a (long) lunch this past Women’s Day. The venue was Belthazar restaurant at the V&A Waterfront and also involved were godfather of the variety Beyers Truter of Beyerskloof, as well as James Pietersen and […]