Chateau Lafite releases at €550

Decanter.com reports that Pauillac first growth Chateau Lafite Rothschild has released a first tranche of its 2009 en primeur wine at €550 a bottle. That’s the equivalent of approximately R5 000 a bottle at the current exchange rate. With the 2007 vintage of Kanonkop Paul Sauer due for release on 1 July at R310 a […]

June 21, 2010
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What “Josie” drank on 16.06

Josie says: “Last week I discovered that my local PnP in Gabriel Road, Plumstead stocks the astonishingly well-priced, quite delicious (young and fruity but some sturdy tannins) 2009 Melck’s red blend (at around R47 it is incredibly good value for money). And just the potion necessary to kill the pain of watching The Boys embarrass […]

June 21, 2010
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What “Biggles” drank on 19.06:

Biggles says: “Right now I am drinking a Perdeberg Chenin Blanc 2009 – today has been long and a joyous occasion, but when you have to try and work out which way the thread of your new bottle of wine  is going to take when trying to close it you have to question quality, so […]

June 19, 2010
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Absolutism and relativism in SA wine

Wine writer Neil Pendock has once again posed some provocative questions concerning the state of the South African wine criticism  in two of his recent columns (see “Are SA wines really getting better?” and “Is wine appreciation generationally dependent?”). Pendock seems to be advancing a postmodernist perspective by rejecting the notion of progress (specifically he […]

June 18, 2010
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Delheim White Muscadel 2008

South Africa makes some of the finest fortified dessert wines in the world and yet it is a category that is about as popular as vuvuzelas during a live World Cup broadcast. The point has been made often enough that more imaginative packaging would go some way to helping sales and Stellenbosch winery Delheim gets […]

June 17, 2010
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Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2007

Zonnebloem Lauréat 2007 is destined to become the stuff of legend after first winning a gold medal in the Bordeaux-style red blend class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and then subsequently disqualified when it was discovered the wine contained a “dollop of Shiraz” (read more here). That the wine was stripped of […]

June 17, 2010
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Back labels that don’t suck: Springfield Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2006

‘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”. Back label for Springfield Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2006 reads: Vines are unaware that humans turn their grapes into wine. They are destined to attract birds – […]

June 16, 2010
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What “Lucky” drank on 09.06

Lucky says: A good friend is a bit down after recently ending a relationship and I twist his arm to stop sulking alone and come over for a drink after work. We’re joined later on by an interesting new friend I’ve made. The evening passes with laughs, battle scar comparisons, excitement about the upcoming World […]

June 15, 2010
by Christian
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