Mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins belts it out at Vergelegen

“There’s no need to liven up a Tchaikovsky piano concerto. It’s lively enough already,” observed my wife as we listened to a particularly energetic arrangement of the Russian composer’s work during RMB Starlight Classics at Vergelegen this past Saturday evening. “It’s a bit like coffee Pinotage. Why bury all that wonderful fruit under oak?” I […]

March 7, 2011
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De Trafford Keermont Chenin Blanc 2001

De Trafford Keermont 2001 made by David Trafford was joint winner of the 2002 Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge 2002 and if the competition which dates since 1996 has tended to favour wines made in a rich and ripe, heavily oaked style this wine was an exception. Grapes were from a 29-year-old Helderberg vineyard, picked […]

March 4, 2011
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Simonsig The SMV 2009

Simonsig The SMV 2009 is a blend of 59% Shiraz, 40% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier. Juice drawn off in the case of the two red varieties to improve concentration and staves apparently used during fermentation. Back-label, website and media release accompanying sample make repeated and proud reference to oak-derived aromas and flavours like vanilla, coffee […]

March 3, 2011
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Anura Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2009

Though Anura is situated on the Paarl-facing slopes of the Simonsberg, this ambitious winery quickly worked out that if it was going to have a Sauvignon Blanc to compete at the top end then it needed to have access to cool-climate grapes and hence this Reserve 2009 being Wine of Origin Darling. On release, it […]

March 3, 2011
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De Trafford Straw Wine 2003 vs. Lammershoek Straw Wine 2009

Last night an interesting contrast in styles when De Trafford Straw Wine 2003 was put up against Lammershoek Straw Wine 2009, the former being hugely rich and full, the latter fresher and more zingy. The De Trafford is from 100% Chenin Blanc, and was naturally fermented in mostly new oak, 60% French and 40% American […]

March 2, 2011
by Christian
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Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Last night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening Cabernet Sauvignon. Two flights, the first featuring wines from 2001 or younger, the second wines from 2000 or older. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. Flight one Kanonkop 2003 18/20 Dalla Cia 2005 […]

March 2, 2011
by Christian
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Steenberg Magna Carta 2009

Last night the launch of Magna Carta 2009, the flagship offering from Constantia winery Steenberg, this being the second ever release after the 2007 vintage, the 2008 not producing wine of sufficient quality to bear Magna Carta designation. The 2009 is a blend of 60% Sauvingon Blanc and 40% Semillon, the latter component fermented in […]

March 1, 2011
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Glen Carlou Tortoise Hill White 2009

Looking for some uncomplicated quaffing the other day, I opted for Tortoise Hill White 2009 from Paarl winery Glen Carlou. This wine is a rather exotic blend of 38% Viognier, 36% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon and 11% Verdelho, so potentially some interest despite being priced at a modest R39 a bottle. I must report however […]

March 1, 2011
by Christian
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