Domaine du Comte Liger-Belaire Vosne-Romanée 2008

“Drink Burgundy every day – new 2008s” was the subject line in a recent email from Roland Peens of Cape Town wine brokers Wine Cellar, his contention being that due to “classic” 2008 potentially being overshadowed by “flashy” 2009 and the strength of the rand, his new consignment of 2008s offers excellent value. When an […]

October 28, 2010
by Christian
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Jordan Cobblers Hill 2001 vs. Jordan CWG Sophia 2002

Fiona McDonald came around for supper last night and when two former Wine magazine editors get together, it’s only fitting that some decent bottles get opened. She brought a bottle of Jordan Cape Winemakers Guild Sophia 2002 which she acquired at the 2004 auction when normal wine lovers could still afford to hold a bidding […]

October 27, 2010
by Christian
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Lutzville Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 vs. Zonnebloem Sauvingon Blanc 2010

Last night, an impromptu taste-off between the Lutzville Cape Diamond Vineyards Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Zonnebloem Sauvingon Blanc 2010. The former wine sells for R24.20 and rated 2½ Stars as well as scoring 20 out of 20 on the good value scale in Wine magazine’s 2011 Best Value Wine Guide; the latter has […]

October 27, 2010
by Christian
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Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I recall that on joining Wine magazine back in March 2000, one of the wines causing a stir at the time was the maiden vintage Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 on the basis of a rating of 4½ Stars, as reported on in the category tasting that appeared in the April 2000 issue. Since then, however, […]

October 26, 2010
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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