Thelema Merlot 1994

If Merlot hasn’t already taken over from Pinotage as the most problematic red wine category in South Africa, then it should. Even so, there are a handful of producers that can make excellent wine from the variety, Thelema in Stellenbosch being one of them. Last night the 1994 and who would’ve thought local Merlot could […]

April 9, 2011
by Christian
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Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

According to The Oxford Companion to Wine (Oxford: 1999), the large-format magnum (1.5 litres) is “widely regarded as being the ideal size for bottle ageing fine wine, being the ideal size to slow the ageing process, but not so big as to be unwieldy, or unthinkably expensive”. Fleur du Cap is a reliable rather than […]

April 9, 2011
by Christian
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Graham Beck CIWG Lightly Wooded Weisser Riesling 1998

The Weisser Riesling 1998 is apparently the only white wine (other than bubbly) that Graham Beck cellarmaster and Cape Winemakers Guild  member Pieter Ferreira has ever had on auction (the Guild previously known at the Cape Independent Winemakers Guild and the auction having run from 1985). Tasted blind, there was plenty of developed character but […]

April 9, 2011
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Nederburg Special Late Harvest 2010

Last night a menu featuring ingredients like foie gras, calf’s liver and veal prepared by chef Jacques Erasmus of the recently opened Hemelhuijs restaurant in Waterkant Street, Cape Town, dishes paired with the sweet wines of Nederburg. Savoury with sweet – why not? South Africa’s “stickies” are generally of a high standard but have come […]

April 8, 2011
by Christian
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Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

South African born, Switzerland based stockbroker Adrain Vanderspuy acquired Banhoek property Oldenburg in 2003 with the intention of making a Cabernet Sauvingon at least as good as, if not better than nearby Thelema. Simon Thompson, previously of Muratie and Tokara was installed as both viticulturist and winemaker and a programme to convert the farm from […]

April 6, 2011
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Domaines des Malandes Chablis 2009

Last night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening Chardonnay. Two flights, the first featuring unwooded examples, the second wooded. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. Flight one 1. Domaines des Malandes Chablis 2009 16/20 2.= Domaine William Fevre Montée de Tonnerre […]

April 5, 2011
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Newton Johnson Syrah Mourvèdre 2007

A tasting of six Shiraz-led red blends on behalf of Food & Home Entertaining magazine. The line-up was compiled at random, the minimum requirement being that all included should have impressed at some point in the past. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s […]

April 4, 2011
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Sequillo Private Bin Syrah Mourvedre Grenache 2008

Sequillo Cellars is the Swartland project jointly owned by winemaker Eben Sadie and former Gauteng radiologist and Cape Wine Master Cornel Spies. No release of the 2007 Rhône-style red blend as it was not up to their exacting standards, while the 2008, a blend of 65% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 9% Grenache, 4% Carignan and 3% […]

April 4, 2011
by Christian
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