Ladera Zahir Syrah 2009

In 2009, Charles Ochse was compelled by his father to leave his post as the winemaker in charge of white wines at Franschhoek Vineyards to take over the running of the family fruit farm in Wolseley. Counting Eben Sadie, Boschendal’s JC Bekker and Sylvia Puig of Priorat winery Odysseus as inspirations, he found it impossible […]

March 16, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Constantia Uitsig Unwooded Chardonnay 2003

While I consider the Unwooded Chardonnay from Constantia Uitsig one of the better local examples around, I’ve always seen it as playing second fiddle to the property’s single-variety Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend. I have, for instance, drunk great bottles of the Semillon five, six and seven years on from vintage, but I wouldn’t even […]

March 15, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards Woolworths Limited Release Spectrum 2008

Spectrum 2008 was made by Callie Louw during his brief stint at Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards and drinking it yesterday I can see why Marc Kent was so keen to poach him away to work on the Porcelain Mountain project in the Swartland. Bottled exclusively for retail chain Woolworths, this wine was rated 5 Stars in […]

March 14, 2011
by Christian
with 7 Comments

2011 Classic Wine Trophy results announced

Groot Constantia was overall winner at the fourteenth annual Classic Wine Trophy competition, winemaker Boela Gerber collecting the Bacchus trophy as well as a return flight to France courtesy of the competition. There were some 350 entries in total. What makes the Classic Wine Trophy remarkable as a competition is that it features an all-French […]

March 13, 2011
by Christian
with 11 Comments

Who tanked in the Decanter tasting

“Monotony, neutrality and non-existent regionality were sadly the buzzwords of this tasting,” begins the report on SA Chenin Blanc in the April issue of UK magazine Decanter. Below are some of the big-name wines that got trashed (panel average score out of 20 alongside). This goes beyond the vagaries of blind tasting and points to […]

March 10, 2011
by Christian
with 10 Comments

Is SA Chenin Blanc really that good?

I’m still waiting for my April issue of Decanter to arrive in the letter box, but a recent posting on A Word from the Herd, the Fairview Wine blog alerted me to a tasting report in the UK magazine that is going to upset many local Chenin Blanc producers. Out of 155 wines tasted, Fairview’s […]

March 10, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

The tea-room scene from Withnail and I

In the absence of anything of very great interest to post, one of my favourite bits of cinema ever, from the 1986 production Withnail and I, written and directed by Bruce Robinson and starring Richard E. Grant as Withnail and Paul McGann as “I”.

March 9, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Gabriëlskloof Viognier 2009

While I very much expect Maties to beat Ikeys as they duly did in last night’s Varsity Cup rugby match, I don’t expect to like Viognier. No, not even from Condrieu. Too much heady perfume, too much oak, too much alcohol. It had been asked of me to review the range of Gabriëlskloof and given […]

March 8, 2011
by Christian
with 4 Comments
Page 391 of 432« First...102030...389390391392393...400410420...Last »


SHOP ONLINE
winemag-storm
ADVERTISING
ADVERTISING
HOT AND HAPPENING
AEC v1.0.4
  • No upcoming events
AEC v1.0.4
ADVERTISING
newlstter2 Get the biggest stories of the past fortnight sent directly to your inbox. subscribe
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
ADVERTISING
BE SAFE

Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 & now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with SA fine wine.

XSLT Plugin by Leo Jiang