Ladreda 2008

Dinner on Friday at Aubergine restaurant in Cape Town to sample various wine supplied by the ever generous Jörg Pfützner, wine consultant by profession and party animal by nature.  The wines of Dirk Niepoort based in the Douro region of Portugal featured prominently, Pfützner having just returned from visiting with him. First up, Niepoort Tiara […]

October 25, 2010
by Christian
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Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2009

Last night dinner at Paranga in Camp’s Bay with Christophe Renard, a director of Domaines Ott, three distinct estates in the Côtes de Provence and Bandol. Founded in 1896 and part of the Champagne Louis Roeder group since 2004, Domaines Ott is today one of the world’s premier Rosé producers. Reciprocal Wine Trading Company was […]

October 22, 2010
by Christian
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Dornier Chenin Blanc 2010

Yesterday lunch at Bodega, the restaurant at Stellenbosch winery Dornier to sample winemaker JC Steyn’s three interpretations of Chenin Blanc. First the entry-level Cocoa Hill 2010, selling for R45 a bottle from the farm. This wine includes own grapes as well as a portion from Bottelary and is unwooded. It comes across as very primary […]

October 22, 2010
by Christian
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Simonsig Aurum Chardonnay 2007

With my sweetheart and me both feeling disinclined to fulfil grocery shopping duties for supper last night, we debated how best to dispense with the various soon-to-expire items in the fridge: broccoli-based stir fry vs. bratwurst with broccoli vs. pasta with chicken and mushroom in a cream-based sauce. I was soon sautéing the onions, followed […]

October 19, 2010
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Hillcrest Hornfels 2008

On Friday, a dinner to sample the new releases from Durbanville estate Hillcrest. The venue was a marquee next to the huge disused quarry on the farm – up to 1984, what was then Anglo Alpha had used the property to obtain rock for use in the production of concrete and road base and hence […]

October 18, 2010
by Christian
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Alto M.P.H.S. 2007

Stellenbosch farm Alto has had only four winemakers since it was first established, these being Manie Malan from (1920 to 1956), Piet du Toit (1959 to 1982), Hempies du Toit (1983 to 2000) and Schalk van der Westhuizen (2001 until present), and the new ultra-premium wine  M.P.H.S. 2007 bears the first-name initials of these individuals. […]

October 15, 2010
by Christian
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Steenberg H.M.S. Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2010

On Wednesday lunch at the site of the Battle of Muizenberg for the launch of HMS Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and the HMS Sphynx Chardonnay 2010, two new wines from Constantia winery Steenberg. In a world of twee wine names, two to conjure with: Rattlesnake and Sphynx, being part of the squadron of ten Royal […]

October 15, 2010
by Christian
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What “Skywalker” drank on 08.10.10

Skywalker says: ” Pierre Olivier  Beaune Clos de Mouche 1962. Out of a half bottle, nearly 50 years old; restored my faith in great cellaring; beautiful.” 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 […]

October 12, 2010
by Christian
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