Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2010

If you’ve got an account on the micro-blogging site Twitter and an interest in South African wine but haven’t heard of Seven Springs Vineyards, then you’re not paying attention. There are few who match and none who better Seven Springs owner Tim Pearson when it comes to promotion of his wine endeavours on Twitter (7SpringsWine, […]

January 7, 2011
by Christian
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Villiera Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2009

A lot has happened in the local Sauvignon Blanc category since Jeff Grier of Stellenbosch winery Villiera won the title of Diners Club Winemaker of the Year back in 1997 for his Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc of the same year. Platter’s replaced Star ratings with either a single or double bunch of grapes icon to […]

January 6, 2011
by Christian
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Graham Beck The Ridge Shiraz 1997

Salad Niçoise is the perfect lunchtime meal as the thermometer goes past 30°C and heads for 40°C but what to drink with it? During the holidays, I unearthed a bottle of Graham Beck The Ridge Shiraz 1997 from the depths of my father-in-law’s Wellington cellar, and it proved an excellent companion to the food: elegant […]

January 5, 2011
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Barrel Matured Chenin Blanc 2004

In a masterstroke of brevity, the back label of Hope Marguerite Barrel Matured Chenin Blanc 2004 from Bot River winery Beaumont describes it as “Toasted almonds, rich and rounded”. Drinking it just about seven years on from vintage, the wine is all these things and more: a classic wet-wool note on the nose and then […]

January 4, 2011
by Christian
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Henri Bourgeois Le MD de Bourgeois Sancerre 2004

As a family, we’ve found over the years that a very sensible way to count down the hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve is to match the best the cellar has to offer with a multi-course meal. This time around Gosset Grande Reserve from magnum with the canapés consisting of ceviche of kingklip, green […]

January 4, 2011
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Moët & Chandon Millésime Blanc 1999

If you’re going to pack on a couple of kilos as I have over the festive season, then it’s best that they are well earned. The 24 hours over Christmas proved particularly decadent. Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2010 was a great match with garlic and chilli prawns on the eve of […]

January 3, 2011
by Christian
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Allesverloren Shiraz 2008

Earlier this year the Swartland Revolution was announced suggesting overthrow of the existing order in favour of a new system. Those involved should be careful not to dispense with too much of the district’s history: Allesverloren situated at the foot of the Kasteelberg between Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West dates back to 1704 and in […]

December 19, 2010
by Christian
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Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2000

After being mightily impressed how well the 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 vintages of Paul Sauer stood up next to the equivalent from Bordeaux First Growth Château Mouton Rothschild at the recent Big 5 Tasting, I couldn’t resist opening  a bottle of the 2000 for friends on Monday night. In colour, it showed signs […]

December 15, 2010
by Christian
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