Topical pic: Hillcrest takes trophy and a gold for Merlot at OMTWS 2011

Quarry 2008 from  Hillcrest in Durbanville won the trophy for best Merlot overall at the 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show announced today while the 2009 got gold. The Merlot 2005 from this property was best in class at the 2007 competition.

June 1, 2011
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011 results

Fairbairn Capital Trophy for the Most Successful Producer Spier Private Cellar Old Mutual Trophy for Best Red Wine: Thelema Shiraz 2007 Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine: Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2009 Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy: Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2009 Old Mutual Trophy for Discovery of the Show : Nuy White Muskadel 2005 Old Mutual […]

June 1, 2011
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Beyerskloof Faith 2008

A tasting of ten examples of red blends featuring Pinotage, the line-up including wines that have come to the fore in one context or another as among the best in category. I reviewed the wines with Groot Constantia winemaker Boela Gerber and  James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s […]

June 1, 2011
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Do expensive wines taste better?

As featured in the May issue of Longevity: Consider, if you will, two prominent South African wines, the first being Chateau Libertas, selling for approximately R30 a bottle and  the second Waterford The Jem 2006 for R680 a bottle. As wines, they are at least similar if not interchangeable in intrinsic terms, both being red […]

June 1, 2011
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Sensory overload

Five classic albums. Five great contemporary South African wines under R200. It could just fry your brain. Most of us have experience of wines showing differently according to context, so it’s not completely crazy to think that music would affect the perception of wine. Scientists put it down to “cognitive priming theory”, where the music […]

June 1, 2011
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Edgebaston GS Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

As featured in the May issue of Business Day WANTED: “The G.S. Cabernet Sauvignon is made in honour of George Spies and his legendary wines from the 1966 and 1968 vintage,” reads the back label of the Edgebaston GS Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. Spies was winemaker at what was then Stellenbosch Farmers Winery and his wines […]

June 1, 2011
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Hartenberg Shiraz 2007

The tendency when considering local Shiraz is to see it either in terms of the “Rhône” (medium bodied with aromas and flavours of red fruit and pepper) or “Barossa” (full-bodied, concentrated black fruit). Dare I suggest that Hartenberg Shiraz is “South African”? The 2007 has intense dark fruit (usually associated with the New World) but […]

May 31, 2011
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La Ferme Derik Vivace 2009

Ignore the, um, eccentric packaging, this white blend from little-known Paarl winery La Ferme Derik rates highly in terms of its QPR (quality-price ratio). A blend of 52% Chenin Blanc, 21% Roussane, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier and 7% Grenache Blanc, it’s medium bodied with layers of flavour, predominantly stone fruit and spice, while tangy acidity […]

May 31, 2011
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