J.C. Le Roux Brut Non-vintage

Brunch today at The House of J.C. Le Roux to mark the launch of the cellar’s Brut Non-vintage. A jazz quartet serenaded us while we dined and having got a good few glasses of the recently released and rather good Pinot Noir 2008 down my throat before we were even seated, I hoped they might […]

March 18, 2011
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Theo Minges Dornfelder Trocken Pfalz 2001

“Stick this into a Pinot Noir line-up and nobody will be able to tell the difference,” said Laibach winemaker Francois van Zyl giving me a bottle of Theo Minges Dornfelder Trocken Pfalz 2001 picked up on one of his regular international excursions. I served it blind to James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s, and he […]

March 18, 2011
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Tanzer’s Top 20

Stephen Tanzer is editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bimonthly International Wine Cellar, an independent journal read in all 50 US states and 34 countries. He samples over 10 000 wines annually (it is not clear whether he tastes sighted or blind) and the March – April 2011 issue features a comprehensive review of […]

March 17, 2011
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Kloovenburg Shiraz 2008 vs. Zoetendal Shiraz 2008

Two examples of Shiraz, each sitting at different ends of the stylistic spectrum. The Kloovenburg being from the warm Swartland was rich and broad, featuring plenty of dark fruit; the Zoetendal from cool Elim was more medium bodied with red fruit and pepper. Detractors of the Kloovenburg might say that it displays an over-ripe character […]

March 17, 2011
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Vote now to decide the slogan for Just Riesling

During February, producer association Just Riesling ran a competition across various blogs to determine its slogan. Members considered the entries and ended up with a tie. The two slogans in contention are: 1. Ancient history, modern mystery 2. Join the Riesling revelation Now they’re asking you to open a bottle of Riesling and vote between […]

March 16, 2011
by Christian
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Ladera Zahir Syrah 2009

In 2009, Charles Ochse was compelled by his father to leave his post as the winemaker in charge of white wines at Franschhoek Vineyards to take over the running of the family fruit farm in Wolseley. Counting Eben Sadie, Boschendal’s JC Bekker and Sylvia Puig of Priorat winery Odysseus as inspirations, he found it impossible […]

March 16, 2011
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Constantia Uitsig Unwooded Chardonnay 2003

While I consider the Unwooded Chardonnay from Constantia Uitsig one of the better local examples around, I’ve always seen it as playing second fiddle to the property’s single-variety Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend. I have, for instance, drunk great bottles of the Semillon five, six and seven years on from vintage, but I wouldn’t even […]

March 15, 2011
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Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards Woolworths Limited Release Spectrum 2008

Spectrum 2008 was made by Callie Louw during his brief stint at Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards and drinking it yesterday I can see why Marc Kent was so keen to poach him away to work on the Porcelain Mountain project in the Swartland. Bottled exclusively for retail chain Woolworths, this wine was rated 5 Stars in […]

March 14, 2011
by Christian
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