Last night songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Imogen Heap at the Paul Cluver Estate amphitheatre in Elgin. Heap’s a sort of UK-born Alanis Morissette or PJ Harvey-lite, her 2009 album Ellipse having won a Grammy for best engineered album, non-classical. What sets her apart is the use in her songs of electronics (plenty of beeps and clicks) […]
Things about Zinfandel that you always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask: DNA “fingerprinting” has demonstrated that it is the same as the Crljenak Kaštelanski vine of Croatia and Primitivo of southern Italy. Today it is most predominant in California, where some 300 growers cultivate slightly over 20 000ha. All this became […]
Many wine geeks claim that Riesling is the greatest white variety in the world and yet it somehow consistently fails to capture the popular imagination. I suspect this is because the variety finds its greatest expression when grown in its traditional home of Germany, but there are only some 22 000ha of it planted there […]
One of only two examples of Chenin Blanc out of 58 wines to be rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011, Botanica 2009 is worth seeking out (the other being StellenRust ‘45’ Barrel Fermented 2009). What is striking about this wine is just how subtle and understated it is: there’s stone fruit on nose and palate, […]
Read the article I wrote on the Cape Winemakers Guild that appeared in the February issue of Uk magazine here.
‘Cause we need stuff that doesn’t mention “cooling sea breezes” or advises that the wine “goes well with pizza, pasta, white meat, red meat or simply on its own”. It is our vision to improve the lot of our labour force by growing our business and thereby providing maximum job opportunities in a market that is […]
I’ve gone on record that I don’t like Elgin Sauvignon Blanc but perhaps I should re-phrase that and simply say that I find it bemusing. A while ago, I criticised the Oak Valley 2009 on this blog as “slight and not particularly complex” (see here) but I’ve subsequently learnt that when I tasted it blind […]
The fifth annual Wine Judging Academy run by Wine magazine in conjunction with leading wine critic Michael Fridjhon was held this past weekend, its aim since inception being to help raise the standard of local wine judging. During a module presented by international guest lecturer Peter McCombie MW, the Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2005 was […]