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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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”.
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 […]