“Swimming pool wine” critiqued

Yesterday a selection of entry-level white wines sampled literally by the pool. the line-up consisting of Doolhof Cape Crane Chenin Blanc 2013 at R41 a bottle, Neethlingshof Chardonnay (Unwooded) 2013 at R53, Neethlingshof Chenin Blanc 2013 at R46 and Place in the Sun Chardonnay (Unwooded) 2013 at R36. I’m quite sure international commentator Robert Joseph […]

December 17, 2013
by Christian
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Up, up and away – the premiumisation of Sauvignon Blanc

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED: No wonder Sauvignon Blanc is so many people’s favourite summertime wine – consumption-ready on purchase (no need to age it before drinking) and offering great quality relative to price – lots of primary fruit and crisp acidity often for under R40 a bottle. Suddenly, however, there are […]

December 8, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Elgin White Wine Retrospective

Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin has been rather overlooked relative to the Chardonnay from this district in recent times but yesterday during a tasting of 35 whites of various vintage, the 16 examples of Sauvignon proved compelling. That’s not to say the seven examples of Chardonnay disappointed but the Sauvignon is right up there. Much introspection […]

November 20, 2013
by Christian
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The importance of reading tasting notes

Yesterday during pizza with friends two contrasting wines, the first being Tobias Red 2012 and the second Jordan Cape Winemakers Guild Sophia 2007. The Tobias is a blend of Mourvedre, Shiraz and Cinsaut from the Swartland-based Bryan MacRobert and has an approximate retail price of R90 a bottle and the Jordan from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet […]

November 15, 2013
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Platter’s 2014 – highly recommended

Some 900 producers and over 7 400 wines, brandies and “sherries” appear in Platter’s 2014. There were 194 wines nominated for 5 Stars of which 73 were endorsed, up from 62 in the previous edition.A further seven brandies were rated 5 Stars. I proposed 11 wines of which four made the cut. These were as […]

November 9, 2013
by Christian
with 2 Comments

De Wet Cellar – Best Value Winery of the Year 2014

Most of the efforts on this blog are directed at the fine wine end of the market but occasionally it’s interesting to examine what’s happening at entry level. The 2014 edition of the Best Value Wine Guide sponsored by one of South Africa’s major liquor retailers Ultra Liqours has just been launched. Wines have to […]

August 27, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Elgin Red Wine Review

Yesterday a workshop featuring 39 red wines (11 examples of Pinot Noir, three Merlot, 10 Shiraz, three Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 red blends, one Cabernet Franc and one Malbec) from Elgin to explore if collectively any “sense of place” was in evidence. The guest panel was chaired by Richard Kershaw MW (now an Elgin producer himself) […]

August 20, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Is SA wine judging stuck in the past?

Over the weekend, I chanced across the SAA winelist for June 2000, a family member’s holiday momento. The wines in business class were Eikendal Chardonnay 1998 and Darling Cellars Groenekloof Pinotage 1998 while the so-called premier selection wines were Villiera Sauvignon Blanc 1998 and Môreson Pinehurst Cabernet Sauvignon 1998. The 2000 SAA Wine Selection Judges […]

August 12, 2013
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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