Delheim Spatzendreck 2008

Just learnt that the man behind Stellenbosch winery Delheim and doyen of the industry, Michael “Spatz” Sperling celebrates his 80th birthday on Monday 19 July 2010. Sperling arrived in South Africa in 1951 to help Hans Hoheisen, husband of  his mother’s cousin Del, with the farming of the property originally known as De Driesprong and […]

July 14, 2010
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Nederburg Edelkeur 1977

Some five years ago, I interviewed Günter Brözel, former cellarmaster and managing director of Paarl winery Nederburg and the man responsible for developing  Edelkeur , the first sweet wine in South Africa to be made from grapes infected with noble rot, maiden vintage being 1969. “No spittoons needed,” said the then 71-year-old Brözel as we […]

July 14, 2010
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Shiraz 1974

The 36th Nederburg Auction takes place on 3 and 4 September and organisers Distell are apparently confident that they can reverse the negative trends that the event has shown in recent years: despite a decline in total auction sales every year since 2005, there will be more wine on offer in 2010 than there has […]

July 13, 2010
by Christian
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Stellenzicht Sémillon Reserve 2003

Yesterday was spent writing introductions for the 2011 edition of Platter’s including that for Calitzdorp winery Axe Hill now owned by Johannesburg businessman Mike Neebe but originally founded by the late Tony Mossop, Cape Wine Master and renowned wine commentator. Mossop was panel chairman at WINE magazine when I started out there, and a big […]

July 10, 2010
by Christian
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Solms Delta Gemoedsrus 2009

Solms Delta on the outskirts of Franschhoek arouses interest because it truly is so much more than a winery. Visitor attractions include an on-site museum exploring the slave heritage of the area, a restaurant called Fyndraai (Afrikaans for “the fine end of the last turn” or the brink of orgasm) serving proudly Cape cuisine, forest […]

July 9, 2010
by Christian
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Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer 2009

Conundrum out of Rutherford, California is a multi-varietal white blend, the components of which the producer attempts to keep secret but are said to include Chardonnay, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. Some years ago my late dad and I bought a bottle back from the US to show to interested parties and I have […]

July 8, 2010
by Christian
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What “Bruce” drank on 30.06

Bruce says: “When I hear of celebs putting their names on bottles of wine I normally wouldn’t give it a second glance but bugger me if I’m not seriously glad to have picked up Welbedacht Cricket Pitch 2003 from Schalk Burger & Sons (of rugby fame)  for a mere 100 ZAR’s in the local bottlestore […]

July 7, 2010
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Vondeling Babiana 2006

In Rossouw’s Restaurants 2010, Jean-Pierre Rossouw sums Pinelands establishment Joe Fish up perfectly as an “unexpected gem off an ugly shopping centre parking lot”. Ideal for a quick lunch of fish and chips and so that’s where Bernard le Roux, previously understudy to Zelma Long at Vilafonté and now winemaker at Noble Hill in Paarl, […]

July 6, 2010
by Christian
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