What Rihann Koekemoer drank on 15.01.11

Rihann says: “On the nose I had some dust and strawberries. There was an interesting core to this wine something i can only describe as a vegetal pong of some sort. Maybe it was the devil in the detail of this wine…In the mouth it was fresh with nice fruit on the palate and I […]

January 16, 2011
by Christian
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Freedom Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2009

The local for those of us who live in Mowbray, Cape Town is The Fat Cactus, great for beers and frozen margaritas but not the most accomplished kitchen in the world. Also in Durban Road, there is Chai Yo, source of reliable Thai and Curry Quest for good, unadorned Indian. Which to choose for lunch […]

January 14, 2011
by Christian
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What Rihann Koekemoer drank on 10.01.11

Rihann says: “Wente Beyer Ranch Zinfandel 2006. This wine has probably reached it’s peak drinking time. Light ruby in the glass with hints of brown edges. At first the wine was not very forthcoming. After about an hour an consuming with food, it relaxed and showed nice character. Fragrant wood dominating, maybe sandalwood. Raisins and […]

January 14, 2011
by Christian
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What Kwispedoor drank on 09.01.11

1999 Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel (magnun) 2007 De Grendel CWG Koetshuis Semillon 2006 Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Cordoba Chardonnay 2000 Van Loveren Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2000 Hartenberg Shiraz 2000 Private Vintners Limited Release Beyers Truter Pinotage 2001 Villiera Monro 2001 Joubert-Tradauw R62 2001 Avontuur Baccarat 2005 Barefoot Wine Company Pinot […]

January 14, 2011
by Christian
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What Rihann Koekemoer drank on 08.01.11

Rihann says: “Like the vintage bicycle on the label suggests, this was never going to be an easy ride. However, if you give this wine a fair chance and picture yourself on an old bicycle, on a dirt road in the Colchagua valley, everything is easier from there. The tannins are at times slightly bumpy but […]

January 14, 2011
by Christian
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Laible Durbacher Plauelrain Riesling Trocken 2008

Lunch yesterday with Francois van Zyl, winemaker at Laibach in Stellenbosch. We dined at Cuvée, the restaurant at near-by Simonsig, and Van Zyl bought a bottle of Riesling from Baden producer Laible. “A nice lunchtime wine,” as he put it. Laibach was acquired in 1994 by the late German businessman Friederich Laibach and is now […]

January 14, 2011
by Christian
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How do wine writers make a living?

Interesting posts (and plenty of comment) about the difficulties of making money from wine writing online recently from two high-profile bloggers, one by Jamie Goode of Wineanorak.com and the other by Dr. Vino aka Tyler Colman. Goode writes “I suspect those who approach online from a print mindset, and value their own work too highly […]

January 13, 2011
by Christian
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Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc 2003

How wine styles change. The Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc 2002 which won the 2005 Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge famously had a residual sugar of 15.7g/l. It picked up 4½ Stars then, a rating it retained  when a retrospective of previous winners was undertaken for the February 2010 issue. If Sauvignon Blanc becomes more like […]

January 12, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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