Sterhuis Barrel Selection Chardonnay 2006

How long does top South African Chardonnay last? You know it ain’t going to be forever but for those of us who like secondary character, you want to push it as far as possible. Last night, we cooked nasi goreng with prawn and pork (except we didn’t have any pork so we use Stroganoff beef […]

May 20, 2010
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Dornier Donatus White 2009

Stellenbosch winery Dornier is an operation that I have few fixed ideas about, good or bad. What to make of the flagship white blend Donatus White 2009? A cellar door price of R120 suggest that it’s not to be trifled with. It’s a blend of 77% Chenin Blanc sourced from the Swartland and 23% of […]

May 19, 2010
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Results

This year’s competition attracted 1 014 entries, slightly down from 1 156 in 2009. There were 32 gold medals awarded, 89 silver and 329 bronze. Trophy and gold medal winners were as follows: MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCER Fairbairn Capital Trophy for Most Successful Producer Tokara MÉTHODE CAP CLASSIQUE Old Mutual Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine Anura […]

May 17, 2010
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Simon Tam interview

China is the world’s most populated countries with 1.3 billion inhabitants. It has the world’s third biggest GDP (at purchasing power parity exchange rates) behind the European Union and the United States and managed a mind-boggling 9% growth last year despite the global financial crisis. Hong Kong is an important gateway to mainland China and […]

May 17, 2010
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Dr Tony Jordan interview

During the course of the 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, international judge Dr Tony Jordan chairs the panel that is responsible for reviewing the 127 Shiraz entries. From the moment he first encounters it, he is particularly taken with the wine that goes on to be judged not only best in class but best […]

May 17, 2010
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Alex Hunt interview

Alex Hunt is the most likeable, well-spoken heretic you could possibly come across. Past captain of the Oxford University blind wine-tasting team and now purchasing director of UK wine shippers and wholesalers Berkmann Wine Cellars and Master-of-Wine-in-training, he thinks South African Sauvignon Blanc is not all it’s cracked up to be. One of the international […]

May 17, 2010
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Haskell IV 2007

“It takes 20 years to become an overnight sensation,” says Grant Dodd, general manager of Haskell Vineyards. In which case the Stellenbosch property owned by Preston Haskell, an American businessman based in Moscow is tracking well. The maiden-release Pillars Shiraz 2007 has straightaway emerged as a local benchmark winning gold at the Old Mutual Trophy […]

May 15, 2010
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Waterford Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

It was my wife’s birthday yesterday and being a woman of healthy appetites, she opted for a celebratory lunchtime steak. HQ restaurant and bar situated on Heritage Square in the Cape Town city centre was the destination. Here the menu is limited to a salad followed by a sirloin steak with café de Paris butter […]

May 13, 2010
by Christian
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