Best SA white and red of 2010: the people’s choice

It’s that time of year when “Best of” lists prevail prompting me to ask the question on Facebook and Twitter as to your best SA white and red wine of the year. Over 40 people have voted so far, providing some interesting insights along the way. Most popular category out of the whites was blends […]

December 6, 2010
by Christian
with 34 Comments

Interview with Eben Sadie

Hardly have we finished exchanging greetings and Eben Sadie, responsible for the acclaimed Swartland wines Columella and Palladius says “I’m not interested in winemaking anymore.” Noting a quizzical look from me, he adds a qualification: “I still want to know what’s going on in the cellar as I don’t want to lose a wine but […]

November 25, 2010
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Interview with Vergelegen’s André van Rensburg

André van Rensburg, winemaker at Somerset West property Vergelegen, usually a wine industry firebrand, has been keeping a remarkably low profile in recent times. What’s up? For one thing, the long-running leaf-roll virus elimination programme has been keeping him busy. Begun in 2002, when 85% of the vines of the property were virus-infected, he now […]

November 3, 2010
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Some thoughts on wine competitions

Following the announcement of Wine magazine’s Sauvignon Blanc Top 10, the worth of wine competitions is yet again under debate, but I’m not sure we’re making any progress in terms of how the system (the term used loosely) might be improved. I would be the first to attest that as wine competitions get bigger and […]

October 26, 2010
by Christian
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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
by Christian
with 0 Comments

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
by Christian
with 2 Comments

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
by Christian
with 0 Comments

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
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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