Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2008

Disappointed by the Chenin Blanc-based Bellingham Fair Maiden 2008 recently (see here) and hoping to restore my faith in what producer-wholesaler DGB was capable of with the Bellingham brand, I opened a bottle of Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2008 recently. The Bernard Series replaced “The Maverick” as a tier in the […]

February 14, 2011
by Christian
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Bellingham Fair Maiden 2008

This wine is an exotic blend of Chenin Blanc, Roussane, Verdelho, Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier, and given high ratings on release back in 2009, I had high expectations of it when opening it last night. Sadly, I found it rather flat and dull, the whole very much less than the sum of the parts. […]

February 11, 2011
by Christian
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Dow’s 20 Year Old Aged Tawny Port

Or the one that caused all the trouble. After dinner on Tuesday night showcasing the best of Elim, Strandveld winemaker and host Conrad Vlok produced a bottle of Dow’s 20 Year Old Aged Tawny Port.  Classic candied orange peel and nuts on the nose which followed through to the palate. Most striking about this wine, […]

February 10, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: How they roll in Elim

Do extreme loctions make for extremely good wines?  I spent Tuesday and Wednesday exploring Elim, the windswept ward in the Cape Agulhas district that boasts South Africa’s southern most vineyards. Its white wines have pretty much blown me away in the last few years while its reds show immense promise (in particular Strandveld will be […]

February 10, 2011
by Christian
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Le Soula Blanc 2006

A once-off social tasting with friends at the end of last year seems to be turning into a regular wine club, working title “The Bald and the Beautiful”. I’ve belonged to three tasting groups previously, all now defunct on the basis that while everybody enjoys the tastings, nobody is prepared to take on the inevitable […]

February 8, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Testalonga El Bandito Cortez 2009

Recently I reviewed the Syrah 2008 from Swartland property Lammershoek on this blog noting that I was “a little underwhelmed” by it on account of it showing “super-ripe fruit on nose and palate” while it also seemed “short on freshness and tannic grip”. Shortly after the posting went live, I had an email from Carla […]

February 7, 2011
by Christian
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Guardian Peak Desert Lion 2004

Guardian Peak Desert Lion 2004 is something of a collector’s item, though I didn’t realize it at the time of drinking. Served at lunch on Saturday, it came emblazoned with a sticker announcing success at the 2006 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show but when later consulting  the relevant ICONS, official handbook of the competition, the […]

February 7, 2011
by Christian
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Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin Brut

One of my late dad’s stock lines was “Fornication [for an occasion] like this, we need Champagne”.  We weren’t celebrating anything in particular yesterday, but decided that Veuve was an appropriate way to start the day anyway. Is it helpful to compare Champagne to Cap Classique? For the first time in the Amorim Cork Cap […]

February 6, 2011
by Christian
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