Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2008 vs. Domaine Clape Cornas 2007 vs. Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Shiraz 2006

At dinner last night as part of the second annual Constantia Fresh weekend organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events, another chance to see how South Africa stacks up against the best of France. Whereas the local wine industry generally had an unduly high opinion of the quality it was capable of 15 years […]

February 26, 2011
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Altydgedacht Tintoretto 2009

Last night Altydgedacht Tintoretto 2009 at swish inner-city hotel 15 on Orange. This becomes the Durbanville property’s flagship red and is another in the emerging category of freestyle red blends, featuring 45% Pinotage, 33% Barbera, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Shiraz. Pinotage takes the lead as Altydgedacht has enjoyed notable success with the variety in […]

February 25, 2011
by Christian
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Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé 2000

Yesterday started with brunch at Waterfront hotel The Cape Grace to celebrate a decade of Ken Forrester Wines importing Champagne Billecart-Salmon into South Africa. How much of an impact has the recession affected local sales? Forrester is discreet about quite how much he sells but says “Volumes pretty much plateaued last year and I’m determined […]

February 25, 2011
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Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2003

When the Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2003 came up for review in the April 2008 issue of Wine magazine as part of a tasting of 5-year-old whites, it rated 5 Stars. Drinking it yesterday, the wine a further three years older, it not only remains superlative but I think it’s got another three to five […]

February 24, 2011
by Christian
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Uiterwyk Top of the Hill Pinotage 1996

This wine was the 1998 winner in Wine magazine’s Pinotage Champion of the Year competition and also received 5 Stars in the 1999 edition of Platter’s. It was the first solo bottling  from a vineyard that was then 45 years old, and it spent 22 months in French oak, 100% new. Drinking it 15 years […]

February 21, 2011
by Christian
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Overhex Winemaker’s Selection Shiraz 2010

Worcester-based operation Overhex Wines International (OWI) exports 12 million litres of wine a year. Of this, two million litres gets bottled in South Africa, four million litres gets shipped in bulk to be bottled at destination as OWI brands and six million litres ends up under buyers’ own brands. “Because domestic wine consumption is more […]

February 19, 2011
by Christian
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Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification 2007

There have been four winemakers at Stellenbosch winery Rust en Vrede since Jannie Engelbrecht, father of current owner Jean, acquired it in 1978: first Engelbrecht Snr himself, then Kevin Arnold (now of Waterford) from 1987 to 1997, Louis Strydom (now of Ernie Els Wines) from 1998 to 2006 and Coenie Snyman from 2007 until present. […]

February 18, 2011
by Christian
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Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Yesterday a vertical tasting of of all six vintages to date of Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc followed by lunch to mark the opening of the property’s new tasting room. The tasting was hosted by winemaker Karl Lambour and consultant Dominique Hebrard, previously of famed St-Emilion property Cheval Blanc and now of Bellefont-Belcier. There are some […]

February 16, 2011
by Christian
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