Cederberg Shiraz 2007

Cederberg Shiraz 2007 is a pretty dramatic glass of wine. It has a forthcoming nose of red and black berries as well as plenty of spice. The palate is sweet, rich and full with concentrated fruit and smooth tannins. It’s made in an unashamedly modern idiom: alcohol by volume 14.5%, residual sugar 3.1g/l, 15 months […]

September 14, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: WINE magazine’s white blends tasting under way

This year’s white blends tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 131 submissions compared to 95 in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants, Cape Wine Master Meryl Weaver  and me. […]

September 14, 2010
by Christian
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2010 Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition results

Results of the 2010 Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced today. The winning wines were: Altydgedacht 2009 Anura Reserve 2008 Die Laan 2008  (Huh?) Fairview 2009 Flagstone Writer’s Block 2008 (Oh, yeah! See here) Kaapzicht Steytler 2007 (Oh, yeah! See here) Lyngrove Platinum 2008 Rijk’s Reserve 2006 Welbedacht 2008 Wildekrans 2008

September 9, 2010
by Christian
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Top wines at RMB WineX Cape Town

The new look two-day RMB WineX Cape Town, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre  on the 19 and 20 August, was attended by just more than 5 400 Cape Town wine lovers. According to a poll of close to 600 members of the public attending, the best white wine on show was […]

September 9, 2010
by Christian
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Waterkloof Circle of Life Red 2008

Could the Circle of Life Red from Waterkloof in Somerset West be even better than the Circle of Life White? While I liked the White 2009 launched earlier in the year (see here) very much, I think I like the Red more, a rare occurrence in the South African context. Both wines are intended to […]

September 9, 2010
by Christian
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IWC 2010: SA takes trophy for white winemaker of the year

The 2010 International Wine Challenge awards dinner was held last night, with Callie van Niekerk of producer-wholesaler Distell taking the trophy for white winemaker of the year.  Gold medal winners were: Dunstone Shiraz 2008 Fleur Du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2008 Fleur Du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2009 Fleur Du Cap Unfiltered Semillon 2009 Klein […]

September 8, 2010
by Christian
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Hermit on the Hill Syrah 2007

Judging of the 231 entries submitted for this year’s WINE magazine Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition is set to run over three days at parent company Ramsaymedia’s offices in Pinelands. The panel completed the first batch of 78 wines at 14h45 this afternoon, way too late to head for a plate of spaghetti vongole at […]

September 7, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: WINE magazine’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition under way

The fourth annual WINE magazine Sauvigon Blanc Top 10 competition to be reported on in the November issue  has attracted 231 entries compared to 226  last year. The panel is  James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants in Cape Town, Pieter de Waal, secretary of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group, Trizanne Barnard of […]

September 7, 2010
by Christian
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