Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2008

Apologies for the lack of postings recently but the deadline for Platter’s 2012 draws ever closer. Plenty of philosophical conundrums along the way. When is a particular wine “profound” and when is it simply “difficult”? Conversely, when does “light” become “slight”? Again and again such questions are posed. When does awkwardness reflect potential as yet […]

August 1, 2011
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Topical pic – Klein Karoo regional tasting for Platter’s 2012

Just back from a two-day trip to the Klein Karoo to taste wines of the region for Platter’s 2012. I traveled with Greg de Bruyn CWM, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Belthazar and Balducci’s restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town and Cathy van Zyl MW. We were based at Joubert-Tradauw Private Cellar outside Barrydale […]

July 28, 2011
by Christian
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Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White 2010

Stellenbosch property Zevenwacht has such an extended tourism-related offering including a country inn, restaurant, cheesery, banqueting and conferencing facilities, spa, mountain bike and hiking trails that it’s easy to overlook the wine. I’m tasting the property’s line-up for Platter’s 2012 and can report that there’s plenty of interest. There are in fact 120ha of vineyard […]

July 26, 2011
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Elegantly Elgin tasting

Yesterday a tasting put on by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events in conjunction with the Elgin Wine Valley Guild to explore the concept of “elegance” in relation to wine, the Guild have adopted “Elegantly Elgin” as its positioning statement in recent times. “Elegant” is an important wine descriptor but one which needs to be […]

July 24, 2011
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Nitida Calligraphy 2010

Yesterday five different dishes served with a single wine, Bordeaux-style red blend Calligraphy 2010 from Durbanville property Nitida, the point of the exercise to demonstrate the wine’s versatility. First up was choc-chilli venison soup prepared by Warren Swaffield of on-site restaurant Cassia, which I thought was inspired, bringing the subtle oak-derived flavours of the wine […]

July 22, 2011
by Christian
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Domaine Drouhin Laurène Oregon Pinot Noir 2000

Yesterday was the third anniversary of my dad Harold’s death so supper with mum and a chance to raid the cellar. Nothing too special after lunch at top Cape Town restaurant Bizerca courtesy of Flat Roof Manor but at least something not entirely beneath his memory. Domaine Drouhin Laurène Oregon Pinot Noir 2000 proved big, […]

July 21, 2011
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Flat Roof Manor Sauvignon Blanc Light 2011



July 21, 2011
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BRENN-O-KEM Wine magazine Shiraz Challenge 2011 results

Land’s End Syrah 2008 is the winner of the eighth annual Wine magazine Shiraz Challenge, this year sponsored by BRENN-O-KEM, which processes wine industry by-products. Wine of Origin Elim but the Land’s End brand is owned by Dave Hidden of Hidden Valley Wines in Stellenbosch and grapes are trucked across to the cellar, where Louis […]

July 20, 2011
by Christian
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