Overall income at the 2010 Nederburg Auction completed yesterday jumped to R5 683 810, up 41% from the just over R4 million fetched in 2009 (volumes also up to the equivalent of 5 242 twelve-bottle cases from 4 789). “More business, less bling” seemed to be the attitude of the organisers, and just what was […]
Vinho Verde is the fresh and deliciously unpretentious white of the Minho region in Portugal. Vasco de Gama Tavern in Alfred Street, Cape Town serves excellent peri-peri half chicken and chips (R48.90). A great way to spend lunch. The grapes for Vinho Verde are picked early making for a wine that has a low alcohol […]
The Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 were announced last night, with Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2008 taking the international trophy for best white blend above £10 and De Heuvel Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009 the international trophy for best white varietal above £10. Read more here.
The Cape Wineamkers Guild deserves kudos for letting the wines selected for this year’s auction be subjected to assessment via blind tasting (see here), but what of the wines that didn’t make the cut? Andries Burger, winemaker at Paul Cluver Estate in Elgin, was made a member of the Guild this year and submitted two […]
When wine commentators Michael Fridjhon, Tim James, Neil Pendock, Chrisitine Rudman and I convened to taste the line-up of 2010 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines, it was agreed to score according to the 100-point system and individual scores were captured. For interest, the arithmetic average scores of the wines involved appear below : 91.8 Tullie […]
An assessment of the wines to be sold at this year’s Cape Winemakers Guild auction was recently completed, the first time ever that local commentators have had the opportunity to do this in a blind tasting. WINE magazine coordinated the exercise and those participating included Michael Fridjhon of Business Day, Tim James of The Mail & […]
Last night I drank La Motte Hanneli R 2005 to accompany lacquered smoked lamb’s pickled rib, pickled tongue, dried pair dumpling, verjuice poached pear, wilted broad bean shoots and parsnips and crispy lamb’s liver biltong. No, we weren’t eating at home. This was the re-launch of the Franschhoek property owned by Hanneli Rupert and Hein […]
Judging of the Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Semillon and Viognier categories to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine was completed earlier today. The panel consisted of Ginette de Flueriot of Wineworx, KWV winemaker Johann Fourie, wine writer Angela Lloyd, restaurateur Jonathan Steyn and me. WINE journalist Jeanri-Tine van Zyl officiated as an associate judge. […]