Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2008

Last night an informal vertical tasting of all the vintages to date of Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage, viz. 2006, 2007 and the recently released 2008. The 2006 is a brooding monster way off drinking at its best, the 2007 quite Pinot Noir-like and already accessible although will no doubt reward further ageing, while the 2008 […]

April 19, 2011
by Christian
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Elephant Hill Syrah 2009

Marita de Beer, managing partner of Dutch wine import company Great Grapes sells some eight million bottles of wine a year, representing wineries from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and Uruguay. Among her South African clients, she represents the likes of Fairview, Rustenberg and Sadie Family Wines. Now De […]

April 19, 2011
by Christian
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Rustenberg Roussanne 2010

“Delightfully breezy but lacks 2009’s complexity,” says Platter’s 2011 of the Roussanne 2010 from Stellenbosch property Rustenberg, before giving it a rating of 3½ Stars. I can’t profess to be an expert on the variety but I’d be inclined to go half a star more as I liked it for its good fruit definition and […]

April 18, 2011
by Christian
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Morgenster 2008

What impresses about those behind Somerset West property Morgenster is how deliberate they are in the way they go about their business. Owner Giulio Bertrand, an Italian who originally made his money as the manufacturer of luxury fabric and if part of the definition of “luxury” is comfort and freedom from physical distress, then that […]

April 16, 2011
by Christian
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Buitenverwachting Rhine Riesling 2004 vs. Thelema Rhine Riesling 2002

Apropos of nothing at all, two local Rieslings last night: Buitenverwachting 2004 and Thelema 2002. If Sauvignon Blanc is ready with its favours and therefore sometimes a bit facile, then what was so enjoyable about these two wines was their restraint. The Buitenverwachting (abv 11.5%) showed firmness and an invigorating acidity, the Thelema (abv 12.5%) […]

April 15, 2011
by Christian
with 1 Comment

New selection process for Cape Winemakers Guild auction wines

The Cape Winemakers Guild has announced that it has largely done away with peer review in determining which wines appear on its annual auction. Whereas previously a wine proposed for sale was subject to a blind tasting, Guild members voting to decide if it was up to standard, now all 43 members are entitled to […]

April 14, 2011
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvèdre 2010

A tasting of five rosés, the line-up compiled at random. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. We tasted blind with scoring done according to the 20-point system and here’s how the wines ranked (individual taster’s score […]

April 14, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Topical pic – KWV Roodeberg 2009 bag-in-box

KWV Roodeberg 2009 packaged in 3-litre bag-in-box sells for 269 krona in Sweden (1SAK = 1.09ZAR), and if dooswyn enjoyed such stylish packaging back home, I’m sure many more would be inclined to buy it. The 2009 vintage is a huge step in quality than Roodeberg has shown for a while, the wine appearing much […]

April 14, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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