Rhône blends reconsidered

The inaugural Hemel-en-Aarde Wines PSG Konsult Rhône Blend Challenge was held at Creation in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge on Saturday the panel included Cathy van Zyl MW (chair) Miguel Chan, head sommelier of Southern Sun Deluxe Hotels and me. Here’s how the wines rated (average score in brackets): 1. Spier Creative Block 3 2007 (17.6˙) 2. Newton […]

September 20, 2010
by Christian
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Blaauwklippen Barouche 2009

The annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition is noteworthy firstly on account of how long-lived it is (it was run for the 27th time this year) and secondly because it involves what must be one of the most coveted databases in all the winelands: this year 75 different wine clubs submitted entries, including one from the USA! […]

September 20, 2010
by Christian
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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2007

After completing a review of 131 local white blends on behalf of WINE magazine yesterday, off to Magica Roma in Pinelands for lunch with fellow panellists James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and Thys Louw of family farm Diemersdal in Durbanville. To eat, beef carpaccio followed by spaghetti […]

September 16, 2010
by Christian
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Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 2010 results

The new-look October issue of WINE magazine reached subscribers today including results of the 2010 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge: AWARDS Best Blanc de Blancs, Best Overall Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blanc 2007 Best Non-Vintage Pongrácz Brut Best Rosé Pongrácz Rosé Best Vintage Kumkani Infiniti Brut 2004

September 15, 2010
by Christian
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Cederberg Shiraz 2007

Cederberg Shiraz 2007 is a pretty dramatic glass of wine. It has a forthcoming nose of red and black berries as well as plenty of spice. The palate is sweet, rich and full with concentrated fruit and smooth tannins. It’s made in an unashamedly modern idiom: alcohol by volume 14.5%, residual sugar 3.1g/l, 15 months […]

September 14, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: WINE magazine’s white blends tasting under way

This year’s white blends tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 131 submissions compared to 95 in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants, Cape Wine Master Meryl Weaver  and me. […]

September 14, 2010
by Christian
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2010 Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition results

Results of the 2010 Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced today. The winning wines were: Altydgedacht 2009 Anura Reserve 2008 Die Laan 2008  (Huh?) Fairview 2009 Flagstone Writer’s Block 2008 (Oh, yeah! See here) Kaapzicht Steytler 2007 (Oh, yeah! See here) Lyngrove Platinum 2008 Rijk’s Reserve 2006 Welbedacht 2008 Wildekrans 2008

September 9, 2010
by Christian
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Top wines at RMB WineX Cape Town

The new look two-day RMB WineX Cape Town, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre  on the 19 and 20 August, was attended by just more than 5 400 Cape Town wine lovers. According to a poll of close to 600 members of the public attending, the best white wine on show was […]

September 9, 2010
by Christian
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