Tokara Red 2005

The binary opposite that defines so much of wine appreciation is Old World vs. New World, the former signifying wines of elegance and finesse and that are supposedly true to terroir, the latter wines that are rich and powerful  and are the product of technical expertise in the cellar. Funnily enough, it’s not very often […]

June 26, 2011
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Topical pic –Everson’s Cider at Tokai’s EarthFair Food Market

Yesterday we visited Porter Estate Produce Market and EarthFair Food Market, both in Tokai. Porter Estate is located at the top of Tokai road between Tokai Forest and Table Mountain National Park and has the edge in terms of ambience being open air and rustic whereas EarthFair Food Market is situated in retail complex off […]

June 26, 2011
by Christian
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Klein Constantia Rhine Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2006

Bring out Noble Lat Harvest and the end of a meal, and I find that many people baulk at the thick texture and super-high sugar. Last night, the Klein Constantia Rhine Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2006 though flavour-packed proved surprisingly light and the bottle disappeared all too quickly. A once-off, production involved a combination of […]

June 25, 2011
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Alphabetical 2008

Finally got my hands on a bottle of red blend Alphabetical 2008 as made by David Cope (aka The Foodie) and Simon Wibberly of Cape Town restaurant and bar &Union but I’m not sure there’s terribly much I can add. You see, if there’s anybody who understands how to use social media to good marketing […]

June 24, 2011
by Christian
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Place in the Sun Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Yesterday the launch of the Place in the Sun range of wines from producer-wholesaler Distell. Grapes are sourced from a Devon Valley farmer who is Fair Trade certified, and hence the name (the Fair Trade movement was born “with the aim to establish trustful partnerships between producers, workers, traders and consumers and to achieve a […]

June 23, 2011
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Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay vs. Jordan CWG Chardonnay Reserve

Yesterday a vertical of 2002 through 2009 of Nine Yards Chardonnay from Jordan in Stellenbosch as well as 2004 through 2009 of the cuvée made by cellarmaster Gary Jordan for the Cape Winemakers Guild auction.  Both wines are from the same 2ha vineyard planted in 1988 on granite and shale-derived soils and having an east-south […]

June 22, 2011
by Christian
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Miles Mossop Wines Saskia 2008

The 2008 vintage of white blend Saksia from Miles Mossop (who finds full-time employment as winemaker at Tokara) might have rated 5 Stars in the November 2009 issue of Wine magazine but with an alcohol by volume of 15%, it’s not the kind of wine you drink at the height of summer. A blend of […]

June 21, 2011
by Christian
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New Zealand wine writers commit to “excellence and integrity”

Received notification via Tim James of Grape.co.za regarding the formation of a New Zealand organisation committed to encourage excellence and integrity in wine writing and to provide a platform for the exchange of information amongst its members was announced recently. Wine Writers of New Zealand is open to authors, broadcasters, journalists and lecturers, in fact […]

June 21, 2011
by Christian
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