Nederburg Special Late Harvest 2010

Last night a menu featuring ingredients like foie gras, calf’s liver and veal prepared by chef Jacques Erasmus of the recently opened Hemelhuijs restaurant in Waterkant Street, Cape Town, dishes paired with the sweet wines of Nederburg. Savoury with sweet – why not? South Africa’s “stickies” are generally of a high standard but have come […]

April 8, 2011
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Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

South African born, Switzerland based stockbroker Adrain Vanderspuy acquired Banhoek property Oldenburg in 2003 with the intention of making a Cabernet Sauvingon at least as good as, if not better than nearby Thelema. Simon Thompson, previously of Muratie and Tokara was installed as both viticulturist and winemaker and a programme to convert the farm from […]

April 6, 2011
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Domaines des Malandes Chablis 2009

Last night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening Chardonnay. Two flights, the first featuring unwooded examples, the second wooded. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. Flight one 1. Domaines des Malandes Chablis 2009 16/20 2.= Domaine William Fevre Montée de Tonnerre […]

April 5, 2011
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Newton Johnson Syrah Mourvèdre 2007

A tasting of six Shiraz-led red blends on behalf of Food & Home Entertaining magazine. The line-up was compiled at random, the minimum requirement being that all included should have impressed at some point in the past. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s […]

April 4, 2011
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Sequillo Private Bin Syrah Mourvedre Grenache 2008

Sequillo Cellars is the Swartland project jointly owned by winemaker Eben Sadie and former Gauteng radiologist and Cape Wine Master Cornel Spies. No release of the 2007 Rhône-style red blend as it was not up to their exacting standards, while the 2008, a blend of 65% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 9% Grenache, 4% Carignan and 3% […]

April 4, 2011
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Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2007

The Quoin Rock cellar is located in the Simonsberg ward of Stellenbosch, but the range also includes wines made from vineyards in Cape Agulhas such as this, a partially wooded Sauvignon Blanc named after a Danish ship that sank there in 1783. The 2007 was maiden vintage and it comes highly decorated (best wooded Sauvignon […]

April 4, 2011
by Christian
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Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2009

As featured in the March issue of Business Day WANTED: Plantings of Semillon currently amount to approximately one percent of the national vineyard making it very much a niche variety. It typically tends to have good palate weight but can be slightly lacking in acidity so therefore makes a good blending partner with Sauvignon Blanc […]

April 1, 2011
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Strandveld Anders Sparrman Pinot Noir 2009

As featured in the February issue of Business Day WANTED: For a long time, there was hardly anyone to touch Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russell Vineyards situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus when it came to South Africa’s best Pinot Noir. All of a sudden, however, there’s a whole bunch of new contenders coming […]

April 1, 2011
by Christian
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