Who tanked in the Decanter tasting

“Monotony, neutrality and non-existent regionality were sadly the buzzwords of this tasting,” begins the report on SA Chenin Blanc in the April issue of UK magazine Decanter. Below are some of the big-name wines that got trashed (panel average score out of 20 alongside). This goes beyond the vagaries of blind tasting and points to […]

March 10, 2011
by Christian
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Mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins belts it out at Vergelegen

“There’s no need to liven up a Tchaikovsky piano concerto. It’s lively enough already,” observed my wife as we listened to a particularly energetic arrangement of the Russian composer’s work during RMB Starlight Classics at Vergelegen this past Saturday evening. “It’s a bit like coffee Pinotage. Why bury all that wonderful fruit under oak?” I […]

March 7, 2011
by Christian
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2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judges announced

Judges for the 10th annual 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judges have been announced and I’m delighted to be included on the panel, this being my fifth consecutive year. Show chairman since inception is leading wine critic Michael Fridjhon and there are three international judges and five other local judges. The international judges are […]

February 23, 2011
by Christian
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U2’s Bono enjoys La Motte wines

In an article entitled “Bono in Boland loo ‘adventure’” in today’s Sunday Times, it is reported that the U2 lead singer accidentally walked into the women’s toilet at Pierneef à La Motte, the restaurant at the Franschhoek winery owned by Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg. He apparently apologized to occupant Ciska Wied by saying “Oops, that was an […]

February 20, 2011
by Christian
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Dombeya Wines: In sickness and in health…

In a nifty piece of product placement, Stellenbosch winery Haskell Vineyards announced today that its wines have been chosen to be served at the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, a former South African Olympic representative. The wedding ceremony will take place in July this year. According to the media release, […]

February 16, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: How they roll in Elim

Do extreme loctions make for extremely good wines?  I spent Tuesday and Wednesday exploring Elim, the windswept ward in the Cape Agulhas district that boasts South Africa’s southern most vineyards. Its white wines have pretty much blown me away in the last few years while its reds show immense promise (in particular Strandveld will be […]

February 10, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: a return to form for Lizelle Gerber?

During a stint at Avontuur which lasted from 1999 to after the 2002 harvest, winemaker Lizelle Gerber emerged as a one of the hottest talents around, picking up accolade after accolade for wines across the style spectrum. She subsequently moved to Eikendal and then DGB and has been going through a bit of a quite […]

January 25, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: The multi-talented Erika Obermeyer

Graham Beck winemaker Erika Obermeyer seems as adept with Chenin Blanc as Sauvignon Blanc. Last year  her Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2010 achieved the notable double of placing among the winners of Wine magazine’s Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition and rating 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011. Now the Graham Beck Bowed Head 2009 finishes among […]

January 25, 2011
by Christian
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