Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

It doesn’t get more traditional than a North vs. South rugby derby and it doesn’t get more traditional than roast Karoo lamb with potatoes and cauliflower in cheese sauce. An emphatic victory by the Blue Bulls over the Stormers in the Super 14 final meant it was going to take something special to wash away […]

May 30, 2010
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Altydgedacht Barbera 2008

Massimo’s Pizza Club run by Massimo and Tracy Orione makes the best pizza in Cape Town by some distance. When we heard that this would be the last weekend it would be operating from its old premises in Hout Bay before re-opening in Spring at an as yet undisclosed new location, we rushed to make […]

May 29, 2010
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Remhoogte Merlot Reserve 2007

It’s all change at Remhoogte, the Simonsberg property owned by Murray Boustred and family. The partnership with high-profile consultant Michel Rolland dating from2001 was terminated earlier this year, and the Boustreds are going to market with an overhauled range. Flagship during the Rolland years was an ambitious Pinotage blend called Bonne Nouvelle but Boustred admits […]

May 28, 2010
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What “Skywalker” drank on 27.05

Skywalker says: “Leacock 1952 Jubilee Selection Verdelho. I’ve been enjoying for the last few nights; lively as the day it was made.”

May 28, 2010
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What Philip Mostert drank last night 27.05

Philip Mostert says: “We had Chateau Curson Crozes-Hermitage 2005 and La Bascula Turret Fields Monastrell/Syrah 2005 from Jumilla, Spain.”

May 28, 2010
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Topical pic: Rijk’s wins Harold Eedes Chenin Blanc Trophy

At this year’s  Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the Chenin Blanc Trophy was for the first time named after my late dad Harold Eedes, who founded WINE magazine in October 1993. On the right of this picture is Pierre Wahl of Rijk’s Private Cellar in Tulbagh who won for the Rijk’s Chenin Blanc with a […]

May 28, 2010
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Shiraz Challenge 2009 reviewed

With the 2010 WINE magazine Shiraz Challenge set to take place next week, panel member James Pietersen and I decided to do a calibration exercise. We also invited Rianie Strydom, winemaker responsible for the Dombeya and Haskell labels, who agreed to include some of her pretty smart Shiraz that she has made recently. We tasted […]

May 27, 2010
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Havana Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010

The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc from Philadelphia winery rated 5 Stars in last year’s Top 10 competition run by WINE magazine, but when it emerged that the wine exceeded the maximum residual sugar of 5g/l specified as a condition of entry, the decision was taken to strip it of its rating. Why the fuss about RS? […]

May 26, 2010
by Christian
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