Topical pic: Rijk’s wins Harold Eedes Chenin Blanc Trophy

At this year’s  Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the Chenin Blanc Trophy was for the first time named after my late dad Harold Eedes, who founded WINE magazine in October 1993. On the right of this picture is Pierre Wahl of Rijk’s Private Cellar in Tulbagh who won for the Rijk’s Chenin Blanc with a […]

May 28, 2010
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Shiraz Challenge 2009 reviewed

With the 2010 WINE magazine Shiraz Challenge set to take place next week, panel member James Pietersen and I decided to do a calibration exercise. We also invited Rianie Strydom, winemaker responsible for the Dombeya and Haskell labels, who agreed to include some of her pretty smart Shiraz that she has made recently. We tasted […]

May 27, 2010
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Havana Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010

The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc from Philadelphia winery rated 5 Stars in last year’s Top 10 competition run by WINE magazine, but when it emerged that the wine exceeded the maximum residual sugar of 5g/l specified as a condition of entry, the decision was taken to strip it of its rating. Why the fuss about RS? […]

May 26, 2010
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Mulderbosch Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2005

UK wine writer Andrew Jefford recently made the observation that “In wine aesthetics, nothing is more dangerous than wine tasting unsupported by corroborative drinking.” I thought of this while consuming what turned out to be a superlative bottle of Mulderbosch Barrel Femented Chardonnay 2005 with fried hake, chips and peas for Sunday lunch. Regardless of […]

May 24, 2010
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Zonnebloem disqualified from Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

The organisers of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show have announced the disqualification and withdrawal of the Zonnebloem Lauréat 2007 which was awarded a gold medal at the 2010 competition. The reason given is that the blend components do not comply with the show rules. The Zonnebloem Lauréat was entered in the Bordeaux-style red blend […]

May 20, 2010
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Sterhuis Barrel Selection Chardonnay 2006

How long does top South African Chardonnay last? You know it ain’t going to be forever but for those of us who like secondary character, you want to push it as far as possible. Last night, we cooked nasi goreng with prawn and pork (except we didn’t have any pork so we use Stroganoff beef […]

May 20, 2010
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Dornier Donatus White 2009

Stellenbosch winery Dornier is an operation that I have few fixed ideas about, good or bad. What to make of the flagship white blend Donatus White 2009? A cellar door price of R120 suggest that it’s not to be trifled with. It’s a blend of 77% Chenin Blanc sourced from the Swartland and 23% of […]

May 19, 2010
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Results

This year’s competition attracted 1 014 entries, slightly down from 1 156 in 2009. There were 32 gold medals awarded, 89 silver and 329 bronze. Trophy and gold medal winners were as follows: MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCER Fairbairn Capital Trophy for Most Successful Producer Tokara MÉTHODE CAP CLASSIQUE Old Mutual Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine Anura […]

May 17, 2010
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