Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2007

The Quoin Rock cellar is located in the Simonsberg ward of Stellenbosch, but the range also includes wines made from vineyards in Cape Agulhas such as this, a partially wooded Sauvignon Blanc named after a Danish ship that sank there in 1783. The 2007 was maiden vintage and it comes highly decorated (best wooded Sauvignon […]

April 4, 2011
by Christian
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Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2009

As featured in the March issue of Business Day WANTED: Plantings of Semillon currently amount to approximately one percent of the national vineyard making it very much a niche variety. It typically tends to have good palate weight but can be slightly lacking in acidity so therefore makes a good blending partner with Sauvignon Blanc […]

April 1, 2011
by Christian
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Strandveld Anders Sparrman Pinot Noir 2009

As featured in the February issue of Business Day WANTED: For a long time, there was hardly anyone to touch Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russell Vineyards situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus when it came to South Africa’s best Pinot Noir. All of a sudden, however, there’s a whole bunch of new contenders coming […]

April 1, 2011
by Christian
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Dom Pérignon 2002

Yesterday lunch prepared by Dom Pérignon chef de cuisine Pascal Tingaud at the appropriately grand Ellerman House in Bantry Bay to celebrate the launch of the 2002 vintage of this iconic Champagne. Guests joined Tinguad in the kitchen to sip on the 2000 vintage as he prepared apetisers, then the 2002 vintage with first soup […]

March 30, 2011
by Christian
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Jordan The Prospector Syrah 2008

On 12 February 2010, state-owned African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation submitted a public participation report to the Department of Minerals and Energy regarding its application for prospecting rights in the Stellenbosch Kloof area, the deadline for comment by affected parties being 9 March, less than a month later. Land appropriation by the most indirect […]

March 29, 2011
by Christian
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Perdeberg Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

When colleague Angela Lloyd asked me to nominate my top 100 wines in South Africa as part of a survey for the Grape.co.za website, I took the liberty of including Perdeberg Chenin Blanc on the basis that there are few wines that are more reliable in terms of providing satisfying everyday drinking. In December last […]

March 28, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: South Africa vs. New Zealand and lunch with Sebastian Beaumont

Difficult to concentrate on work when national side the Proteas is playing in a Cricket World Cup semi-final. As I was sneaking out for a lunch-time burger at local restaurant Drew’s on Durban, an unexpected call from Sebastian Beaumont of family-owned Bot River winery Beaumont. The 2010 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc (increasingly well […]

March 25, 2011
by Christian
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Cape Point Vineyards Woolworths Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc 2009

A cracking wine showing a range of aromas and flavours from grassy-green through to ripe granadilla with bright but not harsh acidity. Pure fruited and not as “nervy” as I suspect it was on release. It rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2010, where it got this rather fanciful description: “Minerality is the seam binding in […]

March 25, 2011
by Christian
with 4 Comments
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