Château Pavie 2003

On Thursday night a tasting courtesy of the Cape Winemakers Guild to explore changes regarding the use of wood in Bordeaux as a result of the influence of über-critic Robert Parker. The take-out from a presentation by Andrei Prida, research and development manager of cooperage Sequin Moreau was that while Parker’s impact can’t be under-estimated, […]

November 6, 2010
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Interview with Vergelegen’s André van Rensburg

André van Rensburg, winemaker at Somerset West property Vergelegen, usually a wine industry firebrand, has been keeping a remarkably low profile in recent times. What’s up? For one thing, the long-running leaf-roll virus elimination programme has been keeping him busy. Begun in 2002, when 85% of the vines of the property were virus-infected, he now […]

November 3, 2010
by Christian
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Vergelegen “V” 2006

This week sees the launch of the 2006 vintage of Vergelegen “V”, the ultra-premium offering from the Somerset West farm owned by mining house Anglo American. The wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, and spent 24 months in French oak, 100% new. Alcohol by volume 14.25%, residual […]

November 3, 2010
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Morgenster Italian Collection Caruso Rosé 2010

On Friday, lunch at Sofia’s at Morgenster on wine and olive estate Morgenster in Somerset West, the new restaurant named after famous Italian actress Sophia Loren, here her name spelt the Italian way. In the kitchen is Craig Cormack, until now business partner in a catering company with Bertus Basson, the chef at Overture restaurant […]

November 1, 2010
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Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2003

Lunch yesterday with Andy Gadsby, the former sales director of UK wine retail chain Oddbins. He resigned after some fifteen years with the company when it was briefly acquired by French-owned Castel, which set about closing shops and converting others to the Nicolas brand. “The high point of wine interest in the UK was the […]

October 29, 2010
by Christian
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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belaire Vosne-Romanée 2008

“Drink Burgundy every day – new 2008s” was the subject line in a recent email from Roland Peens of Cape Town wine brokers Wine Cellar, his contention being that due to “classic” 2008 potentially being overshadowed by “flashy” 2009 and the strength of the rand, his new consignment of 2008s offers excellent value. When an […]

October 28, 2010
by Christian
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Jordan Cobblers Hill 2001 vs. Jordan CWG Sophia 2002

Fiona McDonald came around for supper last night and when two former Wine magazine editors get together, it’s only fitting that some decent bottles get opened. She brought a bottle of Jordan Cape Winemakers Guild Sophia 2002 which she acquired at the 2004 auction when normal wine lovers could still afford to hold a bidding […]

October 27, 2010
by Christian
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Lutzville Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 vs. Zonnebloem Sauvingon Blanc 2010

Last night, an impromptu taste-off between the Lutzville Cape Diamond Vineyards Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Zonnebloem Sauvingon Blanc 2010. The former wine sells for R24.20 and rated 2½ Stars as well as scoring 20 out of 20 on the good value scale in Wine magazine’s 2011 Best Value Wine Guide; the latter has […]

October 27, 2010
by Christian
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