Topical pic: Kleine Zalze’s Mr Consistency

Kleine Zalze’s Johan Joubert toasts his Cellar Selection Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2010 rating 4 Stars and placing among the Top 12 at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge. The Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2008 rated 5 Stars and was Best Overall at last year’s Challenge, a result somewhat marred when it emerged that […]

January 24, 2011
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Topical pick: Andries van der Walt ponders the spread of scores on his Katbakkies Chenin Blanc 2008

The Katbakkies 2008 was rated 4 Stars and placed among the Top 12 at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge. When it came to the scores of the individual judges, there was quite a broad range of scores: panel chairman Michael Fridjhon and Michael Crossley both awarding it 17.5 out of 20, Cathy van […]

January 24, 2011
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Topical pic: Who says Chenin needs oak?

Among the Top 12 wines at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge, there were three wines that were unwooded: Kanu 2009, Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vines 2010 and Leopard’s Leap 2010, which were all rated 4 Stars, while the title of the best value wine in the competition also went to an unwooded […]

January 24, 2011
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Topical pic: Rijk’s Private Cellar – a Chenin powerhouse

Rijk’s Private Cellar winemaker Pierre Wahl with his Chenin Blan Reserve 2007, rated 4 Stars and among the Top 12 at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge. Check this out for a run of achievements with the variety: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chenin Blanc 2005: trophy for best in class at OMTWS 2007 […]

January 24, 2011
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Topical pic: Fort Simon 2009 – runner up at Chenin Blanc Challenge 2011

Fort Simon winemaker Stander Maass with his Chenin Blanc 2009. This wine was the second most highly rated at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge behind outright winner being Perdeberg Rex Equus 2008. The Fort Simon 2008 and second-label Fortress Hill 2008 were both rated 4 Stars in last year’s Challenge.

January 24, 2011
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Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge 2011

Results of the 16th annual Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge have been announced. There were 111 entries compared to 133 in 2010. Best overall Perdeberg Rex Equus 2008 Best value: Douglas Green 2010 (4 Stars vs. R31.50/bottle) The top 12 (hypothetical mixed case): Boschendal 2009 Fort Simon 2009 Graham Beck Bowed Head 2009 Katbakkies 2008 […]

January 20, 2011
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Topical pic: Mouton Rothschild 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Poured yesterday at the Big 5 Tasting organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events: Bordeaux First Growth Mouton Rothschild 2004, 2003, 2001 and 1995. Baron Philippe de Rothschild took over the running of Mouton Rothschild in 1922 and in 1945 instigated the series of artist’s labels, each year designed by a well-known artist, thus […]

December 12, 2010
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New Whisky magazine to launch

Who says Old Media is dead? Whisky is South Africa’s latest niche title magazine, to be edited by Fiona McDonald, who used to head up Wine magazine. She will be supported by celebrity chef Mike Bassett as food editor, the experienced Stuart Johnston as motoring editor and contributors will include the likes of Graham Howe, […]

November 30, 2010
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