Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2008

I’ve gone on record that I don’t like Elgin Sauvignon Blanc but perhaps I should re-phrase that and simply say that I find it bemusing. A while ago, I criticised the Oak Valley 2009 on this blog as “slight and not particularly complex” (see here) but I’ve subsequently learnt that when I tasted it blind […]

January 26, 2011
by Christian
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Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2005

The fifth annual Wine Judging Academy run by Wine magazine in conjunction with leading wine critic Michael Fridjhon was held this past weekend, its aim since inception being to help raise the standard of local wine judging. During a module presented by international guest lecturer Peter McCombie MW, the Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2005 was […]

January 25, 2011
by Christian
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Naudé White 2007

The main aim of a tasting with Ian Naudé of Adoro Wines yesterday was to introduce his sweet Mourvèdre 2009, intended specifically to be served with cheese. The sommelier of a London private club frequented by the “Russian mafia and shieks” and famed for its cheese trolley apparently approached Naudé to come up with a […]

January 25, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: a return to form for Lizelle Gerber?

During a stint at Avontuur which lasted from 1999 to after the 2002 harvest, winemaker Lizelle Gerber emerged as a one of the hottest talents around, picking up accolade after accolade for wines across the style spectrum. She subsequently moved to Eikendal and then DGB and has been going through a bit of a quite […]

January 25, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: The multi-talented Erika Obermeyer

Graham Beck winemaker Erika Obermeyer seems as adept with Chenin Blanc as Sauvignon Blanc. Last year  her Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2010 achieved the notable double of placing among the winners of Wine magazine’s Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition and rating 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011. Now the Graham Beck Bowed Head 2009 finishes among […]

January 25, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: Kleine Zalze’s Mr Consistency

Kleine Zalze’s Johan Joubert toasts his Cellar Selection Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2010 rating 4 Stars and placing among the Top 12 at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge. The Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2008 rated 5 Stars and was Best Overall at last year’s Challenge, a result somewhat marred when it emerged that […]

January 24, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pick: Andries van der Walt ponders the spread of scores on his Katbakkies Chenin Blanc 2008

The Katbakkies 2008 was rated 4 Stars and placed among the Top 12 at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge. When it came to the scores of the individual judges, there was quite a broad range of scores: panel chairman Michael Fridjhon and Michael Crossley both awarding it 17.5 out of 20, Cathy van […]

January 24, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: Who says Chenin needs oak?

Among the Top 12 wines at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge, there were three wines that were unwooded: Kanu 2009, Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vines 2010 and Leopard’s Leap 2010, which were all rated 4 Stars, while the title of the best value wine in the competition also went to an unwooded […]

January 24, 2011
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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