SAA Wine Awards 2011

South African Airways recently announced the winners of the airline’s 24th annual wine awards arising out of its onboard wine selection for 2011. The winners were: Méthode Cap Classique of the Year: Dieu Donné 2008 Port of the Year: Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V White Wine of the Year: Kumkani Lanner Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Red […]

November 12, 2010
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Topical pic: Extension of the James Sedgwick distillery completed

The James Sedgwick whisky distillery on the outskirts of Wellington dates from 1886. Today, it is the source of Three Ships Select, a blend of South African and Scotch whisky matured for three years, production amounting to a 1.5 million litres a year. It sells for R79 a bottle and is the seventh largest whisky […]

October 27, 2010
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Topical pic: stickers move product

In the November 2009 issue of Wine magazine, I wrote: “One issue to ponder, as wine lovers consider the future of Sauvignon Blanc in the South African context, is the role of multi-regional blends. Sauvignon is arguably one the ultimate terroir wines in the sense that there is theoretically little to obscure the impact of […]

October 21, 2010
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Topical pic: Stranveld’s Conrad and Suzan Vlok celebrate success

Pictured alongside are Conrad and Suzan Vlok of Elim property Strandveld, who have  two wines in Wine magazine’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, namely First Sighting 2009 (from multiple vineyards and including 9% Semillon) and Strandveld 2010 (single vineyard). Neil Pendock got it nearly right when he wrote in his blog prior to the announcement of the […]

October 21, 2010
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Topical pic: the remarkable Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc

Both the 2009 and 2010 vintages of Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run were among the 2010 Wine magazine Sauvingon Blanc Top 10. This continues the remarkable run of success that this wine has enjoyed in this competition since it was started four years ago its record to date as follows: 2007: 2007 in the Top 10, […]

October 21, 2010
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2010 Wine magazine Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 results

Results of the fourth annual Wine magazine Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 were announced today. These were as follows (performance at Veritas in brackets for interest’s sake): FIVE STARS Anura Unfiltered Reserve 2010 (Double Gold, Veritas 2010) FOUR AND A HALF STARS Cederberg 2010 (Silver, Veritas 2010) De Grendel Koetshuis 2010 (Double Gold, Veritas 2010) First […]

October 20, 2010
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Topical pic: 2010 Nedbank Green Wine Awards judging completed

Judging for the second annual Nedbank Green Wine Awards to be reported on in the December issue of Wine magazine was completed earlier today. The panel consisted of Miguel Chan of Southern Sun Deluxe Hotels, Ginette de Fleuriot of Vinimark, Allan Mullins of Woolworths, Haskell Vineyards winemaker Rianie Strydom and me. There were 50 entries compared […]

October 12, 2010
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Veritas 2010

Editorial largely superfluos but 64 double gold medals awarded relative to 1 733 entries. For the first time since the comptition’s inception twenty years ago, brandy now included. Spier best performing cellar with five double golds and two golds. List of all double gold winners below. Anura Merlot Reserve 2006 Anura Pinotage Reseve2008 Anura Sauvignon […]

October 9, 2010
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