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
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Stellenzicht Sémillon Reserve 2003

Yesterday was spent writing introductions for the 2011 edition of Platter’s including that for Calitzdorp winery Axe Hill now owned by Johannesburg businessman Mike Neebe but originally founded by the late Tony Mossop, Cape Wine Master and renowned wine commentator. Mossop was panel chairman at WINE magazine when I started out there, and a big […]

July 10, 2010
by Christian
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Solms Delta Gemoedsrus 2009

Solms Delta on the outskirts of Franschhoek arouses interest because it truly is so much more than a winery. Visitor attractions include an on-site museum exploring the slave heritage of the area, a restaurant called Fyndraai (Afrikaans for “the fine end of the last turn” or the brink of orgasm) serving proudly Cape cuisine, forest […]

July 9, 2010
by Christian
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Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer 2009

Conundrum out of Rutherford, California is a multi-varietal white blend, the components of which the producer attempts to keep secret but are said to include Chardonnay, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. Some years ago my late dad and I bought a bottle back from the US to show to interested parties and I have […]

July 8, 2010
by Christian
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