Altydgedacht Tintoretto 2009

Last night Altydgedacht Tintoretto 2009 at swish inner-city hotel 15 on Orange. This becomes the Durbanville property’s flagship red and is another in the emerging category of freestyle red blends, featuring 45% Pinotage, 33% Barbera, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Shiraz. Pinotage takes the lead as Altydgedacht has enjoyed notable success with the variety in […]

February 25, 2011
by Christian
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Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé 2000

Yesterday started with brunch at Waterfront hotel The Cape Grace to celebrate a decade of Ken Forrester Wines importing Champagne Billecart-Salmon into South Africa. How much of an impact has the recession affected local sales? Forrester is discreet about quite how much he sells but says “Volumes pretty much plateaued last year and I’m determined […]

February 25, 2011
by Christian
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Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2003

When the Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2003 came up for review in the April 2008 issue of Wine magazine as part of a tasting of 5-year-old whites, it rated 5 Stars. Drinking it yesterday, the wine a further three years older, it not only remains superlative but I think it’s got another three to five […]

February 24, 2011
by Christian
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Elim investigated

Yesterday a tasting of all current release Elim wines towards generating a list of recommendations to appear in an article I’m writing for UK magazine Decanter. The venue was Belthazar restaurant at the V&A Waterfront and also involved were John Loubser, cellarmaster at Constantia winery Steenberg and James Pietersen, Platter’s taster and beverage manager for […]

February 23, 2011
by Christian
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2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judges announced

Judges for the 10th annual 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judges have been announced and I’m delighted to be included on the panel, this being my fifth consecutive year. Show chairman since inception is leading wine critic Michael Fridjhon and there are three international judges and five other local judges. The international judges are […]

February 23, 2011
by Christian
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Actor Michael Douglas disses wine tasting in Vanity Fair

In the March issue of Vanity Fair, actor Michael Douglas, famous for his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, answers the Proust Questionnaire. In response to the question “What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?”, he replies “Wine tasting”. Robert Mugabe is the “living person he most despises” so we don’t completely disagree […]

February 23, 2011
by Christian
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Uiterwyk Top of the Hill Pinotage 1996

This wine was the 1998 winner in Wine magazine’s Pinotage Champion of the Year competition and also received 5 Stars in the 1999 edition of Platter’s. It was the first solo bottling  from a vineyard that was then 45 years old, and it spent 22 months in French oak, 100% new. Drinking it 15 years […]

February 21, 2011
by Christian
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U2’s Bono enjoys La Motte wines

In an article entitled “Bono in Boland loo ‘adventure’” in today’s Sunday Times, it is reported that the U2 lead singer accidentally walked into the women’s toilet at Pierneef à La Motte, the restaurant at the Franschhoek winery owned by Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg. He apparently apologized to occupant Ciska Wied by saying “Oops, that was an […]

February 20, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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