Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau Châteuneuf du Pape 2008

Yesterday lunch at Wild Fig restaurant in Mowbray with the maverick Pieter de Waal who makes wines under the Hermit on the Hill label. He showed four flights of wines, each flight containing three wines, two of his plus a comparable French example. “The French stuff is all wines I would’ve like to have made,” […]

June 29, 2011
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The Bilton 2006

On Friday the opportunity to taste The Bilton 2006. At R3 000 a bottle, it’s South Africa’s most expensive current-release wine by some distance and its launch earlier in the year caused a commotion with many observers of the local wine scene expressing indignation that this relatively unheralded Stellenbosch property could deign to bring such […]

June 27, 2011
by Christian
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J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé MCC 2006

If you believe in indy rock ‘n roll, then last year’s Wine magazine Cap Classique Challenge results must have really sucked: best Non-Vintage to evil empire Distell (Pongrácz), best Rosé to evil empire Distell (Pongrácz), best Vintage to wanna-be evil empire The Comapny of Wine People (Kumkani Infiniti Brut 2004). That the title of best […]

June 26, 2011
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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
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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
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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
by Christian
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