Simonsig Merindol Syrah 2001

It is curious to me how one particular producer can be a front-runner in a particular category for a while and then seemingly get overtaken by other producers who deliver wines even more impressive and aesthetically pleasing. Stellenbosch farm Simonsig enjoyed significant success with its Merindol Syrah in the mid-2000s, the 2000 vintage winning double […]

December 9, 2010
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Bartinney Chardonnay 2009

Last week I asked the question on Facebook and Twitter as to your best SA white and red wine of the year. Over 40 people voted before I posted the results on Monday. No sooner had I done so than Therese de Beer, winemaker and budding social media whizz for Stellenbosch property Bartinney forwarded the […]

December 8, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Cederberg Private Cellar CWG Semillon 2007

After a dry Sunday which followed a blow-out Saturday (old friends, a magnum of Graham Beck Brut 1994, various local examples of Pinot Noir), we thought we’d treat ourselves to something extra special last night: Cederberg Private Cellar Cape Winemakers Guild Semillon 2007. Though plantings of the variety remain small (1 167ha making up 1.2% […]

December 7, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Best wines of 2010: CE’s choice

Below is a list of my 10 best wines for 2010. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers that I think show the way forward. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2009 […]

December 6, 2010
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Best SA white and red of 2010: the people’s choice

It’s that time of year when “Best of” lists prevail prompting me to ask the question on Facebook and Twitter as to your best SA white and red wine of the year. Over 40 people have voted so far, providing some interesting insights along the way. Most popular category out of the whites was blends […]

December 6, 2010
by Christian
with 34 Comments

Tukulu Pinotage 2001

A remarkable wine in a number of respects. Firstly, it won the title of Wine magazine’s Pinotage Champion of the Year in 2003. This was the last time the competition was held with the Shiraz Challenge replacing it in 2004, after the decision was taken to switch editorial emphasis from the Pinotage to Shiraz on […]

December 3, 2010
by Christian
with 3 Comments

What “Skywalker” drank on 28.11.10

Skywalker says: “Chenin from the Penedes. Unbelievable gear, rich and textured. This would liven up the Chenin Challenge”. Here you get to reminisce not just about bottles drunk but also great meals eaten and the crazy, crazy gang that was there at the time. Send photos and brief comments to widlneditor@gmail.com. Feel free to use […]

November 30, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments

New Whisky magazine to launch

Who says Old Media is dead? Whisky is South Africa’s latest niche title magazine, to be edited by Fiona McDonald, who used to head up Wine magazine. She will be supported by celebrity chef Mike Bassett as food editor, the experienced Stuart Johnston as motoring editor and contributors will include the likes of Graham Howe, […]

November 30, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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