Shannon Vineyards Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2009

One suspects that when the Downes brothers set about establishing Shannon Vineyards in Elgin back in 2000, they thought they’d make their name with Pinot Noir rather than Merlot, the fact that out of the 15.5ha they cultivate, 6ha are the former and only 3ha the latter providing support for this line of thinking. It […]

June 15, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

SA selling out rather than selling up?

Received this email from a wine enthusiast (name known) based in London concerned that South Africa is still not succeeding in getting its export offering  right: “Recently it was announced that Distell has taken a stake in Brand Phoenix which started First Cape wines with the Newton-Johnsons and some of the co-ops. Now I am […]

June 14, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2007

“Congratulations on your daughter’s second birthday,” said a friend. “You’ve  managed to get her this far, all limbs intact.” An excuse for a small celebration but what bubbly to serve? I found myself at the weekly Laborie Lazy Days Market on Saturday and duly stocked up on this Paarl winery’s MCC Blanc de Blancs 2007. […]

June 14, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

On Friday, the launch of the maiden vintage 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Bartinney in the Banghoek ward of Stellenbosch. The wine spent 12 months in French oak, 30% new and comes across as medium- to full-bodied with dark fruit and smooth tannins. In a word, “understated”.  Total production is 1 000 cases and price per […]

June 13, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

David Aristargos 2010

Eben Sadie of Columella and Palladius fame is no longer the only Sadie you should be paying attention to. There’s Stormers centre Johann Sadie, who scored a brilliant solo try in the Cape side’s comeback win over the Blues at Eden Park in New Zealand back in May and then there’s David and Nadia Sadie, […]

June 10, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1988

Last night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening sweet wines. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. 1.= Cape Point Vineyards Semillon Noble Late Harvest 2000 18/20 1.= Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1988 18/20 3.= Inniskillin Icewine Vidal Oak Aged 2002 […]

June 9, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Vins D’Orrance Kama Chenin Blanc 2009

Lunch at top Cape Town restaurant Bizerca with Christophe Durand of Vins D’Orrance. He bought his maiden vintage 2009 Chenin Blanc called Kama (after the Sanskrit word for ‘sensual pleasure’). It consists of Perdeberg fruit including 12% Roussanne and spent nine months in third-fill barrel. Almost psychedelic green in colour, it shows pure fruit and […]

June 8, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2007

Recently returned from the London International Wine Fair, Kobus Basson, owner of Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch reports plenty of interest in “premium product”. How to explain this in light of the tough trading conditions that currently apply globally? “Kleine Zalze is a product of patience. We’ve worked hard to establish a base and retailers have […]

June 8, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments
Page 381 of 434« First...102030...379380381382383...390400410...Last »


SHOP ONLINE
ADVERTISING
ADVERTISING
HOT AND HAPPENING
AEC v1.0.4
  • No upcoming events
AEC v1.0.4
ADVERTISING
newlstter2 Get the biggest stories of the past fortnight sent directly to your inbox. subscribe
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
ADVERTISING
BE SAFE

Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 & now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with SA fine wine.

XSLT Plugin by Leo Jiang