Beaumont Vitruvian 2006

After standing idle for decades, the mill at Bot River farm Compagnes Drift runs again, restored by Elgin fruit farmer and engineering enthusiast Andy Selfe. Compagnes Drift is home to the Beaumonts, and when Sebastian, son of founders Jayne and the late Raoul, needed a name for the maiden vintage of his new flagship red […]

August 30, 2010
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Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vines 2004

When the Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2008 won the Guala Closures Chenin Blanc Challenge earlier this year, the result was marred by the discovery that the wine had been bottled in three batches, each having subtle differences in terms of analysis but all bearing the same label. During a lunch at […]

August 26, 2010
by Christian
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Warwick Chardonnay 1998

Yesterday a tasting of soon-to-be released wines from Stellenbosch winery Warwick.  The Chardonnay 2009 is looking particularly good, with a rich core of fruit but also some interesting secondary flavours. Grapes come predominantly from a vineyard planted in the mid-1980s and yeilds are low, typically between two and half and three tons a hectare. only […]

August 24, 2010
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Ashbourne 2001

After 30 years in the international wine trade, Johann Innerhofer now owns Capelands Estate together with partner Laura Mauri on Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West. This coming Saturday Innerhofer and Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events are hosting a “Magnanimous Barolo & Truffle Dinner” at the property’s Restaurant Magniare. Wines from the excellent […]

August 23, 2010
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Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Red 2004

A rare night out for darling and me on Thursday. After attending RMB WineX at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, we headed with intent for Bizerca Bistro and some of chef Laurent Deslandes delicious grub. For mains, darling chose the rabbit fricassee and I ordered chicken jambonnette. Something medium bodied and fresh to drink. […]

August 21, 2010
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Epicurean 2007

I’m not inclined to turn down an invitation to the launch of a new vintage of Epicurean as it typically involves a long lunch with only the finest fare. On Thursday, Mutle Mogase of Vantage Capital and politician Mbhazima Shilowa, who along with Ron Gault, retired head of JP Morgan Chase SA and Moss Ngoasheng […]

August 21, 2010
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Silverthorn Genie Brut Rosé 2007

As featured in the last issue of Business Day WANTED: “Magic in the bottle” claims the back label of Genie, the Brut Rosé 2007 from Robertson property Silverthorn, and it’s difficult not to come under the spell of this appealing pink bubbly. The wine is made by John Loubser, whose day job is cellarmaster and […]

August 19, 2010
by Christian
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De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2007

De Trafford winemaker David Trafford won the WINE magazine Challenge in 2000 and again in 2002 (jointly with Teddy Hall) so his capability with Chenin is well established. According to the De Trafford website, grapes for this wine come from vineyards ranging in age from 21 to 35 years in Helderberg, Stellenbosch. The wine was […]

August 18, 2010
by Christian
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