Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007

When the recent Big 5 Tasting which saw five local wine producers go head to head with top French doppelgängers took place, there was no Chardonnay module. The question was put to organiser Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events why this was, and he proffered that South Africa didn’t have anything to touch Burgundy. While […]

December 14, 2010
by Christian
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Revisiting South Africa’s Pinotage

Read the article I wrote on Pinotage that appeared in the December issue of UK magazine Decanter here.

December 13, 2010
by Christian
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Sterhuis Chardonnay 2007 vs. Meerlust Chardonnay 2007

Yesterday lunch with Johan Kruger of Bottelary property Sterhuis. “No Sauvignon Blanc and salad. This isn’t Durbanville and we aren’t rabbits,” he said. Meat was supplied by Daneel and Ruaan Liebenberg of Joey’s Vleisprodukte in Brackenfell consisting of T-bones, imported free-range ribeye from Namibia and their signature beef brisket boerewors. We dispensed with the notion […]

December 13, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: Mouton Rothschild 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Poured yesterday at the Big 5 Tasting organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events: Bordeaux First Growth Mouton Rothschild 2004, 2003, 2001 and 1995. Baron Philippe de Rothschild took over the running of Mouton Rothschild in 1922 and in 1945 instigated the series of artist’s labels, each year designed by a well-known artist, thus […]

December 12, 2010
by Christian
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Château Mouton Rothschild 1995 vs. Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1995

Yesterday the Big Five Tasting organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events at the One&Only hotel in Cape Town. Five South African wines compared to some top French counterparts. Wines involved included Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc vs. Didier Dagueneau Fumé Blanc de Pouilly; Vergelegen White vs. Laville Haut Brion Blanc; Raats Family Cabernet […]

December 12, 2010
by Christian
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Rawbones Butchers Block Merlot Cabernet Franc 2008

“I could have you bumped off for R15 000. Cheap at the price,” said my wife, as I departed for the launch of Oak Valley’s second label Rawbones at Mzoli’s in Gugulethu. Her black humour was of course a reference to the recent honeymoon murder of Anni Dewani which took place there, allegedly organised by […]

December 10, 2010
by Christian
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Simonsig Merindol Syrah 2001

It is curious to me how one particular producer can be a front-runner in a particular category for a while and then seemingly get overtaken by other producers who deliver wines even more impressive and aesthetically pleasing. Stellenbosch farm Simonsig enjoyed significant success with its Merindol Syrah in the mid-2000s, the 2000 vintage winning double […]

December 9, 2010
by Christian
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Bartinney Chardonnay 2009

Last week I asked the question on Facebook and Twitter as to your best SA white and red wine of the year. Over 40 people voted before I posted the results on Monday. No sooner had I done so than Therese de Beer, winemaker and budding social media whizz for Stellenbosch property Bartinney forwarded the […]

December 8, 2010
by Christian
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