Middelvlei Cabernet Sauvignon 1984

After three days drinking current-release wines in Robertson, lunch yesterday demanded a change of pace and hence some older examples of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1995 from Kanonkop (see previous post) was always going to be a tough act to follow, but I found the Middelvlei 1984 surprisingly enjoyable. Medium bodied, it had more fruit […]

June 20, 2011
by Christian
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Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

“Will be great drinking by 2000,” says the 1998 edition of Platter’s of the Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 1995. Better to have taken your cue from the wine’s back label which suggests optimal drinking anytime from 2002 until 2011. Over lunch yesterday, it showed intense red and black fruit, while the tannins which were obviously ripe […]

June 20, 2011
by Christian
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Robertson overview

Last week’s public holiday prompted a three-night stay at Tierhoek Cottages in Robertson, and plenty of opportunity to assess the wines of the region. On our way up, a stop at Nuy to buy some Muskadel. I’d hoped that the White 2005, which won trophies for best in class as well as best quality to […]

June 20, 2011
by Christian
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2006

Pinot Noir has a reputation for being difficult to make, but it’s also bloody difficult to judge in a formal context on account of its now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t character. Last night the Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2006, which saw the grape at its capricious best. At first, sullen and closed with plenty of earthy, savoury, […]

June 16, 2011
by Christian
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Tokara Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2007

Tim James has been up to his usual wine competition bashing efforts over on Grape.co.za (see here, here and here), his issue not only that any one competition will produce a set of results that are “mix of valid and rubbish” but also that there is “extraordinary disparity” between the results of different competitions. I’m […]

June 16, 2011
by Christian
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Shannon Vineyards Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2009

One suspects that when the Downes brothers set about establishing Shannon Vineyards in Elgin back in 2000, they thought they’d make their name with Pinot Noir rather than Merlot, the fact that out of the 15.5ha they cultivate, 6ha are the former and only 3ha the latter providing support for this line of thinking. It […]

June 15, 2011
by Christian
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SA selling out rather than selling up?

Received this email from a wine enthusiast (name known) based in London concerned that South Africa is still not succeeding in getting its export offering  right: “Recently it was announced that Distell has taken a stake in Brand Phoenix which started First Cape wines with the Newton-Johnsons and some of the co-ops. Now I am […]

June 14, 2011
by Christian
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Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2007

“Congratulations on your daughter’s second birthday,” said a friend. “You’ve  managed to get her this far, all limbs intact.” An excuse for a small celebration but what bubbly to serve? I found myself at the weekly Laborie Lazy Days Market on Saturday and duly stocked up on this Paarl winery’s MCC Blanc de Blancs 2007. […]

June 14, 2011
by Christian
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