Topical pic: blind tasting of 2010 CWG auction wines completed

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 […]

August 26, 2010
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Warwick Chardonnay 1998

Yesterday a tasting of soon-to-be released wines from Stellenbosch winery Warwick.  The Chardonnay 2009 is looking particularly good, with a rich core of fruit but also some interesting secondary flavours. Grapes come predominantly from a vineyard planted in the mid-1980s and yeilds are low, typically between two and half and three tons a hectare. only […]

August 24, 2010
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Ashbourne 2001

After 30 years in the international wine trade, Johann Innerhofer now owns Capelands Estate together with partner Laura Mauri on Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West. This coming Saturday Innerhofer and Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events are hosting a “Magnanimous Barolo & Truffle Dinner” at the property’s Restaurant Magniare. Wines from the excellent […]

August 23, 2010
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Topical pic: 5 Star tasting for Platter’s 2011 completed

Judging of the wines nominated for 5 Stars to appear in Platter’s 2011 was completed yesterday at the Devon Valley hotel in Stellenbosch. There were a total of 150 wines in the running, and tasters were divided into three panels, each panel assessing different categories. How many wines achieved the guide’s ultimate accolade? Now that […]

August 21, 2010
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Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Red 2004

A rare night out for darling and me on Thursday. After attending RMB WineX at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, we headed with intent for Bizerca Bistro and some of chef Laurent Deslandes delicious grub. For mains, darling chose the rabbit fricassee and I ordered chicken jambonnette. Something medium bodied and fresh to drink. […]

August 21, 2010
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Topical pic: WineX Cape Town in terminal decline… or not

Much has been made of  RMB WineX Cape Town being reduced from three to two nights this year, but I attended on Thursday night and report that rumours of its death are greatly exaggerated. While there were some high-profile producers conspicous by their absence, you could still taste the likes of Cape Point Vineyards, Hamilton […]

August 21, 2010
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Epicurean 2007

I’m not inclined to turn down an invitation to the launch of a new vintage of Epicurean as it typically involves a long lunch with only the finest fare. On Thursday, Mutle Mogase of Vantage Capital and politician Mbhazima Shilowa, who along with Ron Gault, retired head of JP Morgan Chase SA and Moss Ngoasheng […]

August 21, 2010
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Silverthorn Genie Brut Rosé 2007

As featured in the last issue of Business Day WANTED: “Magic in the bottle” claims the back label of Genie, the Brut Rosé 2007 from Robertson property Silverthorn, and it’s difficult not to come under the spell of this appealing pink bubbly. The wine is made by John Loubser, whose day job is cellarmaster and […]

August 19, 2010
by Christian
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