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
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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
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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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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Chardonnay reconsidered

Today saw a comparative tasting of Aussie vs. South African Chardonnay, 13 top examples from each country at Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch. Out of the 26 wines tasted, South Africa took first place, with a further seven in the top 10 – a deeply pleasing result that shows local wines can hold their own in […]

August 13, 2010
by Christian
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Pinotage reconsidered

It’s indicative of how gracious my wife Jane is that she let me go off to a Pinotage tasting followed by a (long) lunch this past Women’s Day. The venue was Belthazar restaurant at the V&A Waterfront and also involved were godfather of the variety Beyers Truter of Beyerskloof, as well as James Pietersen and […]

August 11, 2010
by Christian
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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
with 3 Comments
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