Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2009

Last night dinner at Paranga in Camp’s Bay with Christophe Renard, a director of Domaines Ott, three distinct estates in the Côtes de Provence and Bandol. Founded in 1896 and part of the Champagne Louis Roeder group since 2004, Domaines Ott is today one of the world’s premier Rosé producers. Reciprocal Wine Trading Company was […]

October 22, 2010
by Christian
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Dornier Chenin Blanc 2010

Yesterday lunch at Bodega, the restaurant at Stellenbosch winery Dornier to sample winemaker JC Steyn’s three interpretations of Chenin Blanc. First the entry-level Cocoa Hill 2010, selling for R45 a bottle from the farm. This wine includes own grapes as well as a portion from Bottelary and is unwooded. It comes across as very primary […]

October 22, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: stickers move product

In the November 2009 issue of Wine magazine, I wrote: “One issue to ponder, as wine lovers consider the future of Sauvignon Blanc in the South African context, is the role of multi-regional blends. Sauvignon is arguably one the ultimate terroir wines in the sense that there is theoretically little to obscure the impact of […]

October 21, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: Stranveld’s Conrad and Suzan Vlok celebrate success

Pictured alongside are Conrad and Suzan Vlok of Elim property Strandveld, who have  two wines in Wine magazine’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, namely First Sighting 2009 (from multiple vineyards and including 9% Semillon) and Strandveld 2010 (single vineyard). Neil Pendock got it nearly right when he wrote in his blog prior to the announcement of the […]

October 21, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: the remarkable Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc

Both the 2009 and 2010 vintages of Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run were among the 2010 Wine magazine Sauvingon Blanc Top 10. This continues the remarkable run of success that this wine has enjoyed in this competition since it was started four years ago its record to date as follows: 2007: 2007 in the Top 10, […]

October 21, 2010
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2010 Wine magazine Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 results

Results of the fourth annual Wine magazine Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 were announced today. These were as follows (performance at Veritas in brackets for interest’s sake): FIVE STARS Anura Unfiltered Reserve 2010 (Double Gold, Veritas 2010) FOUR AND A HALF STARS Cederberg 2010 (Silver, Veritas 2010) De Grendel Koetshuis 2010 (Double Gold, Veritas 2010) First […]

October 20, 2010
by Christian
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Veritas Awards 2010 tasting: some reflections

To qualify for museum class at Veritas 2010, white wines are required to be five years from vintage and older, reds 10  years and older. Significantly, whites produced one double gold and three gold medals, and reds no double golds or golds. Producers were obliged to show only one bottle of wines at last night’s […]

October 20, 2010
by Christian
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Simonsig Aurum Chardonnay 2007

With my sweetheart and me both feeling disinclined to fulfil grocery shopping duties for supper last night, we debated how best to dispense with the various soon-to-expire items in the fridge: broccoli-based stir fry vs. bratwurst with broccoli vs. pasta with chicken and mushroom in a cream-based sauce. I was soon sautéing the onions, followed […]

October 19, 2010
by Christian
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