Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 1993

Post the Nebbiolo tasting at Steenberg on Wednesday morning, an excellent lunch at on-site restaurant Bistro 1682 consisting of marrow bones on toast, followed by steak tartare, an animal protein blow-out that offset the high-natural acidity, high tannin wines left over from our earlier  endeavours. Once our repast was over, it was not difficult to […]

July 30, 2010
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What “Skywalker” drank on 27.07.10

Skywalker says:  “Peyre Rose Clos Syrah Léone 1994. A lesson in how to oak Syrah; it’s there but you can’t taste it!” 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. […]

July 29, 2010
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Steenberg Nebbiolo 2003 et al.

For a pretty wide spread of wine scores, check out how the Steenberg Shiraz 2008 did in this year’s Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened by WINE magazine: I gave it 14 on the 20-point scale, Carrie Adams of Johannesburg wine retailer Norman Goodfellows 14.5, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Cape Town restaurants Balducci’s and Belthazar […]

July 29, 2010
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What “Dionysus” drank on 22.07.10

Dionysus says: “After all the hoopla regarding the Wine Mag Shiraz Challenge I went out and bought a bottle of Obikwa 2009 Shiraz at my local Pick ‘n Pay. Having drunk Obikwa Merlot before and hated every sip I really wasn’t expecting much. But to my surprise the wine was worth its best value rating and […]

July 24, 2010
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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
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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
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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
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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
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