Hartenberg The Mackenzie 2007 vs. Vilafonté Series C 2007

On Sunday, lunch spent drinking Platter’s 2011 5-Star laureate The Mackenzie 2007 at the Hartenberg Fête de la Fleur; yesterday a chance to examine 5-Star nominee Vilafonté Series C 2007 . Both Bordeaux-style reds, both aimed at the top of the market, the 2006 Mackenzie selling for R325 a bottle from the tasting room and […]

November 23, 2010
by Christian
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The Big 5 Tasting and a grumpy email

I’m totally stoked to tell you that I will be attending the Big Five Tasting on behalf of Wine magazine. This event, set to take place on 11 December, is organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events and sees five South African wines compared to some very eminent French counterparts. Wines involved include: Cape […]

November 19, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: Stellar wins “Best Sweet” at Green Wine Awards

Stellar Winery situated near Trawal in Namaqualand is South Africa’s largest producer of wines from organically grown grapes, processing over 3 000 tons a year. The cellar has a capacity of 6 000 tons (part of production is non-organic) and is purported to be the largest privately owned facility of its kind in the southern […]

November 19, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: The hippy hippy shake

“If this doesn’t sell wine, then nothing well,” says Rudiger Gretschel, chief winemaker of wine producer wholesaler Vinimark, responsible for the biodynamic certified Reyneke Wines. It’s  been a good week for Reyneke, first the Reserve Red 2008 earning Five Stars in Platter’s 2011, and then the 2007 vintage winning the title of best red at […]

November 19, 2010
by Christian
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Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2010

Results of the second annual Nedbank Green Wine Awards were announced today. The competition consists of two parts, namely best wines from organically grown grapes and best environmental practices. Best Wines from Organically Grown Grapes Best White, Best Overall Reyneke Woolworths “W” Chenin Blanc 2009 Best Red Reyneke Reserve Red 2007 Best Sweet Stellar Heaven […]

November 18, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: Meerlust – more Burgundy than Bordeaux?

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2008 is rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011, repeating the feat of the 2004 vintage in the 2009 edition of the guide. I tasted the yet-to-released 2009 vintate 10 days ago at a celebration of three decades of the property’s flagship Bordeaux-style red blend Rubicon and it was so good that I […]

November 17, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: Spier Frans K. Smit – an icon in the making?

The 2006 vintage of Spier Frans K. Smit (a blend of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Shiraz and the rest equal parts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Pinotage) is rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011 duplicating the performance of the 2005 (51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 22% Shiraz and 5% Pinotage) in the 2010 edition […]

November 17, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2007 – perfect Cab?

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011. This is the latest in a string of awards that includes the trophy for best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Veritas 2009 Double Gold, the  trophy for best in class at Tri Nations 2009, a Diamond Award […]

November 17, 2010
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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