After being mightily impressed how well the 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 vintages of Paul Sauer stood up next to the equivalent from Bordeaux First Growth Château Mouton Rothschild at the recent Big 5 Tasting, I couldn’t resist opening a bottle of the 2000 for friends on Monday night. In colour, it showed signs […]
When the recent Big 5 Tasting which saw five local wine producers go head to head with top French doppelgängers took place, there was no Chardonnay module. The question was put to organiser Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events why this was, and he proffered that South Africa didn’t have anything to touch Burgundy. While […]
Read the article I wrote on Pinotage that appeared in the December issue of UK magazine Decanter here.
Yesterday lunch with Johan Kruger of Bottelary property Sterhuis. “No Sauvignon Blanc and salad. This isn’t Durbanville and we aren’t rabbits,” he said. Meat was supplied by Daneel and Ruaan Liebenberg of Joey’s Vleisprodukte in Brackenfell consisting of T-bones, imported free-range ribeye from Namibia and their signature beef brisket boerewors. We dispensed with the notion […]
Poured yesterday at the Big 5 Tasting organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events: Bordeaux First Growth Mouton Rothschild 2004, 2003, 2001 and 1995. Baron Philippe de Rothschild took over the running of Mouton Rothschild in 1922 and in 1945 instigated the series of artist’s labels, each year designed by a well-known artist, thus […]
Yesterday the Big Five Tasting organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events at the One&Only hotel in Cape Town. Five South African wines compared to some top French counterparts. Wines involved included Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc vs. Didier Dagueneau Fumé Blanc de Pouilly; Vergelegen White vs. Laville Haut Brion Blanc; Raats Family Cabernet […]
“I could have you bumped off for R15 000. Cheap at the price,” said my wife, as I departed for the launch of Oak Valley’s second label Rawbones at Mzoli’s in Gugulethu. Her black humour was of course a reference to the recent honeymoon murder of Anni Dewani which took place there, allegedly organised by […]
It is curious to me how one particular producer can be a front-runner in a particular category for a while and then seemingly get overtaken by other producers who deliver wines even more impressive and aesthetically pleasing. Stellenbosch farm Simonsig enjoyed significant success with its Merindol Syrah in the mid-2000s, the 2000 vintage winning double […]