This year’s white blends tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 131 submissions compared to 95 in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants, Cape Wine Master Meryl Weaver and me. […]
Results of the 2010 Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced today. The winning wines were: Altydgedacht 2009 Anura Reserve 2008 Die Laan 2008 (Huh?) Fairview 2009 Flagstone Writer’s Block 2008 (Oh, yeah! See here) Kaapzicht Steytler 2007 (Oh, yeah! See here) Lyngrove Platinum 2008 Rijk’s Reserve 2006 Welbedacht 2008 Wildekrans 2008
The new look two-day RMB WineX Cape Town, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the 19 and 20 August, was attended by just more than 5 400 Cape Town wine lovers. According to a poll of close to 600 members of the public attending, the best white wine on show was […]
The 2010 International Wine Challenge awards dinner was held last night, with Callie van Niekerk of producer-wholesaler Distell taking the trophy for white winemaker of the year. Gold medal winners were: Dunstone Shiraz 2008 Fleur Du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2008 Fleur Du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2009 Fleur Du Cap Unfiltered Semillon 2009 Klein […]
The fourth annual WINE magazine Sauvigon Blanc Top 10 competition to be reported on in the November issue has attracted 231 entries compared to 226 last year. The panel is James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants in Cape Town, Pieter de Waal, secretary of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group, Trizanne Barnard of […]
The Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 were announced last night, with Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2008 taking the international trophy for best white blend above £10 and De Heuvel Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009 the international trophy for best white varietal above £10. Read more here.
Judging of the Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Semillon and Viognier categories to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine was completed earlier today. The panel consisted of Ginette de Flueriot of Wineworx, KWV winemaker Johann Fourie, wine writer Angela Lloyd, restaurateur Jonathan Steyn and me. WINE journalist Jeanri-Tine van Zyl officiated as an associate judge. […]
An assessment of the wines to be sold at this year’s Cape Winemakers Guild auction was completed yesterday, the first time ever that local commentators have had the opportunity to do this in a blind tasting. WINE magazine coordinated the exercise and those participating included Michael Fridjhon of Business Day, Tim James of The Mail […]