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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Topical pic: Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge tasting completed

Judging for the 2010 Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge to be reported on in the October issue of WINE magazine was completed yesterday. This year’s competition attracted 78 submissions compared to 70 in 2009. For the first time in the competition’s nine-year history, the panel featured two international judges, namely Hervé Dantan, Chef de Cave of […]

July 21, 2010
by Christian
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Hartenberg CWG Gravel Hill Shiraz 2000

On Friday, an exercise aimed at putting the three examples of Shiraz produced by Stellenbosch winery Hartenberg in context. “The concept of terroir has its supporters and its naysayers,” says cellarmaster Carl Schultz. “Let’s see if these wines provide any insights”. First, the 2004 of the standard bottling, shown because this was a “classic vintage”, […]

July 18, 2010
by Christian
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Why competition matters

We all know Spain won the World Cup this time around, and Italy won it in Germany four years ago. But who were the runners up? Holland will be remembered as 2010 losers and I can just about recall that Germany and Uruguay were in the play-off for third place this year but I have […]

July 16, 2010
by Christian
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Global Trader Shiraz Challenge 2010 results

Results of the Global Trader Shiraz Challenge 2010 convened by WINE magazine were announced earlier today during a function held at Catharina’s restaurant at the Steenberg hotel in Constantia. There were 184 entries received in total and the overall winner was Provenance 2007 made by Dewaldt Heyns of Saronsberg in Tulbagh and the best value […]

July 15, 2010
by Christian
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Waterford The Jem 2004 – 2006

To brighten up my day, a vertical of Waterford The Jem from 2004 to 2006, the three vintages that have been released to date. This is the multi-varietal flagship blend from Kevin Arnold and Francois Haasbroek and it really is rock ‘n roll. For curiosity’s sake, here are the individual blends: 2004: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, […]

July 14, 2010
by Christian
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