Rijk’s Private Cellar winemaker Pierre Wahl with his Chenin Blan Reserve 2007, rated 4 Stars and among the Top 12 at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge. Check this out for a run of achievements with the variety: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chenin Blanc 2005: trophy for best in class at OMTWS 2007 […]
Fort Simon winemaker Stander Maass with his Chenin Blanc 2009. This wine was the second most highly rated at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge behind outright winner being Perdeberg Rex Equus 2008. The Fort Simon 2008 and second-label Fortress Hill 2008 were both rated 4 Stars in last year’s Challenge.
Results of the 16th annual Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge have been announced. There were 111 entries compared to 133 in 2010. Best overall Perdeberg Rex Equus 2008 Best value: Douglas Green 2010 (4 Stars vs. R31.50/bottle) The top 12 (hypothetical mixed case): Boschendal 2009 Fort Simon 2009 Graham Beck Bowed Head 2009 Katbakkies 2008 […]
Van Loveren in Robertson is South Africa’s largest privately owned winery processing some 4 500 tons a year, the equivalent of one million cases. By far its biggest item is the Four Cousins Sweet Rosé, made from 60% red Muscadel and 40% grape juice with an abv of 7.5% and a residual sugar of 78g/l. […]
Bernhard Veller, cellarmaster at Durbanville winery Nitida is pretty intent on coming up with the ultimate Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend and in 2009 bottled three different versions namely Coronata, Coronata Integration and Aureus. Coronata straightaway becomes a rarity because thought it was tasted by both Wine magazine (4½ Stars) and Platter’s 2011 (4½ Stars), it is […]
De Morgenzon in Stellenbosch owned by Johannesburg-based high-flyers Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum burst onto the scene when the maiden 2005 vintage of its Chenin Blanc made by Teddy Hall acting in a consultant capacity was rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2007. In a word, it was an opulent wine (residual sugar of 6.8g/l and eight […]
Lammershoek in the Swartland is top of the pops at the moment thanks to the 2009 vintage of its white blend Roulette Blanc being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011. A major success like this serves as impetus to reconsider the rest of the wines in the range, and we recently drank the property’s Syrah […]
Suikerbossie Cap Classique Brut 2007 is made by Boer & Brit, the “Boer” being Stefan Gerber, great-great grandson of President Paul Krugerand the “Brit” Alex Milner, great-great grandson of Field Marshall John French and wine-maker at Natte Valleij in Stellenbsoch. The guys are obviously having fun with their marketing but does what’s in the bottle […]