Vergelegen “V” 2006

This week sees the launch of the 2006 vintage of Vergelegen “V”, the ultra-premium offering from the Somerset West farm owned by mining house Anglo American. The wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, and spent 24 months in French oak, 100% new. Alcohol by volume 14.25%, residual […]

November 3, 2010
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Morgenster Italian Collection Caruso Rosé 2010

On Friday, lunch at Sofia’s at Morgenster on wine and olive estate Morgenster in Somerset West, the new restaurant named after famous Italian actress Sophia Loren, here her name spelt the Italian way. In the kitchen is Craig Cormack, until now business partner in a catering company with Bertus Basson, the chef at Overture restaurant […]

November 1, 2010
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Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2003

Lunch yesterday with Andy Gadsby, the former sales director of UK wine retail chain Oddbins. He resigned after some fifteen years with the company when it was briefly acquired by French-owned Castel, which set about closing shops and converting others to the Nicolas brand. “The high point of wine interest in the UK was the […]

October 29, 2010
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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belaire Vosne-Romanée 2008

“Drink Burgundy every day – new 2008s” was the subject line in a recent email from Roland Peens of Cape Town wine brokers Wine Cellar, his contention being that due to “classic” 2008 potentially being overshadowed by “flashy” 2009 and the strength of the rand, his new consignment of 2008s offers excellent value. When an […]

October 28, 2010
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Jordan Cobblers Hill 2001 vs. Jordan CWG Sophia 2002

Fiona McDonald came around for supper last night and when two former Wine magazine editors get together, it’s only fitting that some decent bottles get opened. She brought a bottle of Jordan Cape Winemakers Guild Sophia 2002 which she acquired at the 2004 auction when normal wine lovers could still afford to hold a bidding […]

October 27, 2010
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Lutzville Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 vs. Zonnebloem Sauvingon Blanc 2010

Last night, an impromptu taste-off between the Lutzville Cape Diamond Vineyards Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Zonnebloem Sauvingon Blanc 2010. The former wine sells for R24.20 and rated 2½ Stars as well as scoring 20 out of 20 on the good value scale in Wine magazine’s 2011 Best Value Wine Guide; the latter has […]

October 27, 2010
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Topical pic: Extension of the James Sedgwick distillery completed

The James Sedgwick whisky distillery on the outskirts of Wellington dates from 1886. Today, it is the source of Three Ships Select, a blend of South African and Scotch whisky matured for three years, production amounting to a 1.5 million litres a year. It sells for R79 a bottle and is the seventh largest whisky […]

October 27, 2010
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Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I recall that on joining Wine magazine back in March 2000, one of the wines causing a stir at the time was the maiden vintage Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 on the basis of a rating of 4½ Stars, as reported on in the category tasting that appeared in the April 2000 issue. Since then, however, […]

October 26, 2010
by Christian
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