Alta Vista Alto 2005 et al.

Were there any World Cup omens to be had from a wine tasting held at Boland Cellar’s Northern Paarl facility yesterday?  Holland based Cees van Casteren, wine writer, educator and consultant hosted a formal blind tasting of 12 wine “icons” produced by the wine producing countries participating in the competition currently playing itself out and […]

June 23, 2010
by Christian
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De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2006

When Rudera Robusto 2002 won the 2005 WINE magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge with a residual sugar of 15.7g/l, I recall suggesting to winemaker Teddy Hall that it might be tricky to pair with food. To which, he replied that it was the sort of wine that should be drunk on its own! After business couple […]

June 22, 2010
by Christian
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Kanonkop 1997 et al.

Friday saw 11 older Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Wines presented at Jordan Winery Restaurant in Stellenbosch. It was to be an investigation of the age-worthiness of South African wine, a topic that attracts its fair share of controversy. I am inclined to think that when it comes to modern South African reds in particular, these […]

June 21, 2010
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Chateau Lafite releases at €550

Decanter.com reports that Pauillac first growth Chateau Lafite Rothschild has released a first tranche of its 2009 en primeur wine at €550 a bottle. That’s the equivalent of approximately R5 000 a bottle at the current exchange rate. With the 2007 vintage of Kanonkop Paul Sauer due for release on 1 July at R310 a […]

June 21, 2010
by Christian
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What “Josie” drank on 16.06

Josie says: “Last week I discovered that my local PnP in Gabriel Road, Plumstead stocks the astonishingly well-priced, quite delicious (young and fruity but some sturdy tannins) 2009 Melck’s red blend (at around R47 it is incredibly good value for money). And just the potion necessary to kill the pain of watching The Boys embarrass […]

June 21, 2010
by Christian
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What “Biggles” drank on 19.06:

Biggles says: “Right now I am drinking a Perdeberg Chenin Blanc 2009 – today has been long and a joyous occasion, but when you have to try and work out which way the thread of your new bottle of wine  is going to take when trying to close it you have to question quality, so […]

June 19, 2010
by Christian
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Absolutism and relativism in SA wine

Wine writer Neil Pendock has once again posed some provocative questions concerning the state of the South African wine criticism  in two of his recent columns (see “Are SA wines really getting better?” and “Is wine appreciation generationally dependent?”). Pendock seems to be advancing a postmodernist perspective by rejecting the notion of progress (specifically he […]

June 18, 2010
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Delheim White Muscadel 2008

South Africa makes some of the finest fortified dessert wines in the world and yet it is a category that is about as popular as vuvuzelas during a live World Cup broadcast. The point has been made often enough that more imaginative packaging would go some way to helping sales and Stellenbosch winery Delheim gets […]

June 17, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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