With hearty cassoulet on the menu for Sunday lunch, I thought the wines could afford to be on the more robust side. I put Solms Delta Africana 2008 (Shiraz desiccated on the vine) and Cirrus Syrah 2006 up against each other in a sort of vinous clash of the titans. The Africana proved a bemusing […]
Ever since the maiden vintage 1997 rated 5 Stars in the 2000 edition of Platter’s, this wine has lead the way in terms of the Shiraz revolution that has swept South Africa over the past decade or so. In a tasting of reds ten years on from vintage conducted for WINE magazine last year, the […]
Skywalker says: The world is a crazy place when world-class Pinot Noir is coming out of Bairrada [Portugal]; this is great gear!”
I had a very elegant French boyfriend a long time ago who told me that drinking wine with hot soup would crack your teeth! I was very sceptical of that but it comes to mind whenever I sit down to a hot bowl of soup. That being said, the other evening I went round to […]
In addition to Friday being the commencement of World Cup 2010, it was also the first birthday of our daughter Zöe. What more excuse for a celebratory lunch? “She turns one and mum and dad decide to have a feast,” as our waitress at Magica Roma in Pinelands observed. Well, yes. The intention was to […]
Skywalker says: Pisano “Axis Mundi” Tannat. Uruguay’s finest is huge; big and bold.
Call me a plebeian but I prefer the second-label Ugaba 2008 from Stellenbosch farm Anwilka to the property’s flagship 2008. Anwilka is the joint venture between Bruno Prats, former owner of Cos-d’Estournel in St-Estèphe, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, co-owner of St-Émilion property Angelus, and Lowell Jooste of Klein Constantia. On Wednesday, Prats and Jooste […]
Leafroll virus is generally considered the biggest limitation to further quality advancements in the South African wine industry, the most important effect of the disease being a reduction in the yield and quality of fruit from infected vines. Symptoms of leafroll virus appear between the time of harvest and leaf fall. On affected vines, the […]