Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin Brut

One of my late dad’s stock lines was “Fornication [for an occasion] like this, we need Champagne”.  We weren’t celebrating anything in particular yesterday, but decided that Veuve was an appropriate way to start the day anyway. Is it helpful to compare Champagne to Cap Classique? For the first time in the Amorim Cork Cap […]

February 6, 2011
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Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2009

Last night songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Imogen Heap at the Paul Cluver Estate amphitheatre in Elgin. Heap’s a sort of UK-born Alanis Morissette or PJ Harvey-lite, her 2009 album Ellipse having won a Grammy for best engineered album, non-classical. What sets her apart is the use in her songs of electronics (plenty of beeps and clicks) […]

February 5, 2011
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Blaauwklippen Zinfandel 1997

Things about Zinfandel that you always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask: DNA “fingerprinting”  has demonstrated that it is the same as the Crljenak Kaštelanski vine of Croatia and Primitivo of southern Italy. Today it is most predominant in California, where some 300 growers cultivate slightly over 20 000ha. All this became […]

February 5, 2011
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Lievland Weisser Riesling 2004

Many wine geeks claim that Riesling is the greatest white variety in the world and yet it somehow consistently fails to capture the popular imagination. I suspect this is because the variety finds its greatest expression when grown in its traditional home of Germany, but there are only some 22 000ha of it planted there […]

February 4, 2011
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Botanica Chenin Blanc 2009

One of only two examples of Chenin Blanc out of 58 wines  to be rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011, Botanica 2009 is worth seeking out (the other being StellenRust ‘45’ Barrel Fermented 2009). What is striking about this wine is just how subtle and understated it is: there’s stone fruit on nose and palate, […]

February 3, 2011
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Cape Winemakers Guild: Quo vadis?

Read the article I wrote on the Cape Winemakers Guild that appeared in the February issue of Uk magazine here.

February 3, 2011
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Back labels that don’t suck: Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2010

‘Cause we need stuff that doesn’t mention “cooling sea breezes” or advises that the wine “goes well with pizza, pasta, white meat, red meat or simply on its own”. It is our vision to improve the lot of our labour force by growing our business and thereby providing maximum job opportunities in a market that is […]

February 3, 2011
by Christian
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Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2008

I’ve gone on record that I don’t like Elgin Sauvignon Blanc but perhaps I should re-phrase that and simply say that I find it bemusing. A while ago, I criticised the Oak Valley 2009 on this blog as “slight and not particularly complex” (see here) but I’ve subsequently learnt that when I tasted it blind […]

January 26, 2011
by Christian
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