Cederberg Private Cellar CWG Semillon 2007

After a dry Sunday which followed a blow-out Saturday (old friends, a magnum of Graham Beck Brut 1994, various local examples of Pinot Noir), we thought we’d treat ourselves to something extra special last night: Cederberg Private Cellar Cape Winemakers Guild Semillon 2007. Though plantings of the variety remain small (1 167ha making up 1.2% […]

December 7, 2010
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Tukulu Pinotage 2001

A remarkable wine in a number of respects. Firstly, it won the title of Wine magazine’s Pinotage Champion of the Year in 2003. This was the last time the competition was held with the Shiraz Challenge replacing it in 2004, after the decision was taken to switch editorial emphasis from the Pinotage to Shiraz on […]

December 3, 2010
by Christian
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What “Skywalker” drank on 28.11.10

Skywalker says: “Chenin from the Penedes. Unbelievable gear, rich and textured. This would liven up the Chenin Challenge”. Here you get to reminisce not just about bottles drunk but also great meals eaten and the crazy, crazy gang that was there at the time. Send photos and brief comments to widlneditor@gmail.com. Feel free to use […]

November 30, 2010
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Stellenzicht Cellarmaster’s Release Petit Verdot 2008 – No Added Sulphites

What to make of wines with no added sulphites? Stellenzicht  winemaker Guy Webber ended his launch presentation of a  Chardonnay 2009 and Petit Verdot  2008 made according to this method under the Cellarmaster’s Release label by asking his audience the question as to whether or not the initiative was worth pursuing. “It’s not by mistake […]

November 30, 2010
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Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2001

Lourens River Valley 2001 from Morgenster is a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and  5% Cabernet Franc. The individual varieties were aged per clone for 15 months in French oak, 100% new and once blended, the wine was returned to barrels for a further 45 days for integration. Was offered the last bottle […]

November 24, 2010
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Alvi’s Drift Premium Selection Chardonnay Viognier 2008

The Alvi’s Drift range of wines from the Worcester farm Alfalfa owned by the Van der Merwe family is worth keeping an eye on. There are 350ha of vineyard on this 5 000ha property and own label production dates from 2002 driven by doctor-turned-winemaker Alvi van der Merwe who recently enlisted former Distell group winemaker […]

November 24, 2010
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Hartenberg The Mackenzie 2007 vs. Vilafonté Series C 2007

On Sunday, lunch spent drinking Platter’s 2011 5-Star laureate The Mackenzie 2007 at the Hartenberg Fête de la Fleur; yesterday a chance to examine 5-Star nominee Vilafonté Series C 2007 . Both Bordeaux-style reds, both aimed at the top of the market, the 2006 Mackenzie selling for R325 a bottle from the tasting room and […]

November 23, 2010
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Zonnebloem Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Rick’s Café Americain in Gardens, Cape Town offers casual dining for trendy inner-city 20- and 30-somethings. The products of producer-wholesaler Distell feature heavily on the wine list and hence why it was the venue for the launch of two new wines under the Zonnebloem Limited Edition label, a Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Shiraz 2008. Zonnebloem […]

November 16, 2010
by Christian
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