Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvingon 2004 vintage was the first single-variety bottling from this Stellenbosch property since 1993 and when it was released in what I think must have been 2007, I remember being struck by how extraordinarily tannic it was. Of course, the firm, hard keeping qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon is a defining feature of […]

May 30, 2011
by Christian
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Olive Brook Optimus Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Yesterday at the Gugulethu Wine Festival a chance to sample the own-label Olive Brook range of headline sponsor TOPS at SPAR, wines I’m not overly familiar with as these are not submitted for review by either Platter’s or Wine magazine although they have done well at Veritas over the years. The general standard was high […]

May 28, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic – TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival 2011

You couldn’t miss the promotional staff for Naughty Girl sparkling rosé at the opening night of the Gugulethu Wine Festival, who were obviously hell-bent on  demonstrating that Van Loveren’s Four Cousins Sweet Rosé (still) is not the only pink worth considering. A blend of mainly Hanepoot and Muscat de Frontignan, it has an abv of […]

May 27, 2011
by Christian
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Lieschen Botes to be face of Rietvallei’s John B wines

If you’re going to use celebrity endorsement as a marketing strategy, then you could do worse than getting 25-year-old model Lieschen Botes to be the face of your brand as Robertson winery Rietvallei has done for second-label John B. I’m certainly paying more attention…

May 27, 2011
by Christian
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Darling Cellars Lime Kilns 2010

Yesterday a tasting of various wines put together to showcase the district of Darling. The stand-out wine for me was the Darling Cellars Lime Kilns 2010, a blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier in the ratio of 4:3:2. The wine was barrel fermented in 300-litre French oak, 40% new and was left on the […]

May 27, 2011
by Christian
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Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond 2005

Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond might date no further back than the maiden 1998 vintage but this Bordeaux-style red blend is shaping up as South Africa’s best. The 2005 last night proved excellent , more savoury than sweet and showing balance and finesse. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, […]

May 26, 2011
by Christian
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Petite Pongrácz

                  How different could bottle-fermented fizz Pongrácz in 375ml half-bottle be to that in the standard 750ml offering? Not very but the launch involved an evening cruise on luxury yacht Tigger 2 in Table Bay and you have to be pretty jaded to pass up on that. […]

May 26, 2011
by Christian
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Hazendal De Haas White N/V

                        The White and the Red in the De Haas collection of wines from Stellenbosch property Hazendal are the most impressive entry-level wines I’ve tasted for some time (there’s also a Rosé and being a Rosé, I haven’t got around to trying it yet…) […]

May 24, 2011
by Christian
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