Veritas Awards 2010 tasting: some reflections

To qualify for museum class at Veritas 2010, white wines are required to be five years from vintage and older, reds 10  years and older. Significantly, whites produced one double gold and three gold medals, and reds no double golds or golds. Producers were obliged to show only one bottle of wines at last night’s […]

October 20, 2010
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2011 Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide: CE’s top wines

The 2011 Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide compiled by Wine magazine features wines selling at a maximum of R60 a bottle.  There were 969 wines submitted for potential inclusion in the guide, of which 419 achieved the necessary rating of 2½ Stars or better.  That’s still a lot of wine to choose from so […]

October 11, 2010
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Sauvignon Blanc reconsidered

France is the country with the most plantings of Sauvignon Blanc at 26 304ha, ahead of New Zealand in second place with 16 205ha and South Africa in third with 9 446ha, according to Dr Jamie Goode of wineanorak.com fame speaking at the annual Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group seminar held yesterday. He went on to […]

October 8, 2010
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2010 CWG auction wines: The Yanks vs. SA

The Cape Winemakers Guild recently announced the results of blind tastings of some of this year’s auction wines by James Molesworth of Wine Spectator and Steve Tanzer of International Wine Cellar. Molesworth gave 27 of 32 wines tasted (out of a total of 39) 90 points or more on the 100-point scale, whilst Tanzer gave […]

September 28, 2010
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Rhône blends reconsidered

The inaugural Hemel-en-Aarde Wines PSG Konsult Rhône Blend Challenge was held at Creation in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge on Saturday the panel included Cathy van Zyl MW (chair) Miguel Chan, head sommelier of Southern Sun Deluxe Hotels and me. Here’s how the wines rated (average score in brackets): 1. Spier Creative Block 3 2007 (17.6˙) 2. Newton […]

September 20, 2010
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Average scores from blind tasting of 2010 CWG Auction wines

When wine commentators Michael Fridjhon, Tim James, Neil Pendock, Chrisitine Rudman and I convened to taste the line-up of 2010 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines, it was agreed to score according to the 100-point system and individual scores were captured. For interest, the arithmetic average scores of the wines involved appear below : 91.8 Tullie […]

September 1, 2010
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2010 CWG auction wines rated

An assessment of the wines to be sold at this year’s Cape Winemakers Guild auction was recently completed, the first time ever that local commentators have had the opportunity to do this in a blind tasting. WINE magazine coordinated the exercise and those participating included Michael Fridjhon of Business Day, Tim James of The Mail & […]

September 1, 2010
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Shiraz reconsidered

The worldwide surface area planted to Shiraz vines has gone from less than 10 000 hectares in the early 1980s to more than 150 000 hectares in 2007/2008, according to Lynne  Sheriff MW, speaking at the 2010 La Motte Shiraz Experience yesterday. Who’s going to buy the stuff ? is the question because as Sherriff […]

August 28, 2010
by Christian
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