Steenberg Nebbiolo 2003 et al.

For a pretty wide spread of wine scores, check out how the Steenberg Shiraz 2008 did in this year’s Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened by WINE magazine: I gave it 14 on the 20-point scale, Carrie Adams of Johannesburg wine retailer Norman Goodfellows 14.5, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Cape Town restaurants Balducci’s and Belthazar […]

July 29, 2010
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The Obikwa Shiraz phenomenon and Harry Potter books

The debate happening around Obikwa Shiraz 2009, best value winner at this year’s Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened by WINE magazine is fascinating, various sub-themes such as populism vs. elitism and even the odd conspiracy theory (was it all a well-orchestrated marketing ploy?) coming to the fore. By far the majority of online commentary has […]

July 27, 2010
by Christian
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Death of the wine critic

UK wine commentator Robert Joseph writes on The Joseph Report: “Professional wine writers naturally hate being pushed off the perch by unqualified colleagues, but to be brutally frank, the discomfiture of these writers is not the concern of wine producers and distributors. Their challenge lies in finding ways to make their product, the place they […]

July 25, 2010
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What “Dionysus” drank on 22.07.10

Dionysus says: “After all the hoopla regarding the Wine Mag Shiraz Challenge I went out and bought a bottle of Obikwa 2009 Shiraz at my local Pick ‘n Pay. Having drunk Obikwa Merlot before and hated every sip I really wasn’t expecting much. But to my surprise the wine was worth its best value rating and […]

July 24, 2010
by Christian
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What “Jan Boer” drank on 22.07.10

Jan Boer says: Tenuta delle Terre Nere ‘Calderara Sottana’ 2006 Long name. Pretty good wine. A little bit Beaujolais in parts on the nose, though not so obviously confectioned, but more masculine in the mouth. Maybe somewhere between ripe Gamay and Nero d’avola in flavour/style? Nice tannin, a bit chewy (but good chewy) with savoury red […]

July 24, 2010
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Is Christine Rudman CWM the best taster in the country?

Tasting my way through wines to be rated for the 2011 edition of Platter’s, I’ve come across one or two that I think might be in the running for the guide’s ultimate accolade of 5 Stars. The way that Platter’s works is that all wines are tasted sighted (labels exposed), except for those nominated for […]

July 23, 2010
by Christian
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Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P

At R458 a bottle from Cape Town boutique wine store Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P is not the kind of stuff that a self-employed wine writer cracks open all the time. But I’ve been tasting bubbly all week (see previous posts here and here), and find myself fixated. Besides, it was a mate’s […]

July 23, 2010
by Christian
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Champagne Mailly Les Échansons 1999

The MCC Technical Seminar was held yesterday at the Graham and Rhona Beck Skills Centre, proceedings culminating in a tutored tasting of Champagne Mailly Grand Cru by chef de cave Hervé Dantan. The Mailly vineyards are situated around the village of Mailly Champagne, one of only 17 villages to hold the highest classification Grand Cru […]

July 22, 2010
by Christian
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