What “Jan Boer” drank on 22.07.10

Jan Boer says: Tenuta delle Terre Nere ‘Calderara Sottana’ 2006 Long name. Pretty good wine. A little bit Beaujolais in parts on the nose, though not so obviously confectioned, but more masculine in the mouth. Maybe somewhere between ripe Gamay and Nero d’avola in flavour/style? Nice tannin, a bit chewy (but good chewy) with savoury red […]

July 24, 2010
by Christian
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Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P

At R458 a bottle from Cape Town boutique wine store Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P is not the kind of stuff that a self-employed wine writer cracks open all the time. But I’ve been tasting bubbly all week (see previous posts here and here), and find myself fixated. Besides, it was a mate’s […]

July 23, 2010
by Christian
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Champagne Mailly Les Échansons 1999

The MCC Technical Seminar was held yesterday at the Graham and Rhona Beck Skills Centre, proceedings culminating in a tutored tasting of Champagne Mailly Grand Cru by chef de cave Hervé Dantan. The Mailly vineyards are situated around the village of Mailly Champagne, one of only 17 villages to hold the highest classification Grand Cru […]

July 22, 2010
by Christian
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Hartenberg CWG Gravel Hill Shiraz 2000

On Friday, an exercise aimed at putting the three examples of Shiraz produced by Stellenbosch winery Hartenberg in context. “The concept of terroir has its supporters and its naysayers,” says cellarmaster Carl Schultz. “Let’s see if these wines provide any insights”. First, the 2004 of the standard bottling, shown because this was a “classic vintage”, […]

July 18, 2010
by Christian
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Waterford The Jem 2004 – 2006

To brighten up my day, a vertical of Waterford The Jem from 2004 to 2006, the three vintages that have been released to date. This is the multi-varietal flagship blend from Kevin Arnold and Francois Haasbroek and it really is rock ‘n roll. For curiosity’s sake, here are the individual blends: 2004: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, […]

July 14, 2010
by Christian
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Delheim Spatzendreck 2008

Just learnt that the man behind Stellenbosch winery Delheim and doyen of the industry, Michael “Spatz” Sperling celebrates his 80th birthday on Monday 19 July 2010. Sperling arrived in South Africa in 1951 to help Hans Hoheisen, husband of  his mother’s cousin Del, with the farming of the property originally known as De Driesprong and […]

July 14, 2010
by Christian
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Nederburg Edelkeur 1977

Some five years ago, I interviewed Günter Brözel, former cellarmaster and managing director of Paarl winery Nederburg and the man responsible for developing  Edelkeur , the first sweet wine in South Africa to be made from grapes infected with noble rot, maiden vintage being 1969. “No spittoons needed,” said the then 71-year-old Brözel as we […]

July 14, 2010
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Shiraz 1974

The 36th Nederburg Auction takes place on 3 and 4 September and organisers Distell are apparently confident that they can reverse the negative trends that the event has shown in recent years: despite a decline in total auction sales every year since 2005, there will be more wine on offer in 2010 than there has […]

July 13, 2010
by Christian
with 5 Comments
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