Spice Route Malabar 2002

Visit the website for Swartland winery Spice Route, and records for flagship red blend Malabar only go back as far as 2003. In fact, 2002 was the maiden vintage and if you want to know anything about it, then a handy reference is Platter’s 2005, which reveals that the wine is a blend of 58% […]

October 6, 2010
by Christian
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Haskell Pillars 2008

Haskell Vineyards is the Helderberg property acquired by international property and mining magnate Preston Haskell in 2002. Rianie Strydom, previously of Morgenhof, acted as consultant winemaker from January 2005 but was soon employed fulltime and has enjoyed what can only be described as phenomenal success in the period to date. Dombeya was the previous name […]

October 6, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: WINE magazine’s Blanc de Noir and Rosé tasting under way

This year’s Blanc de Noir and Rosé tasting to be reported on in the December issue of WINE magazine has attracted 110 submissions compared to 108 in 2009. The panel is Howard Booysen of Howard Booysen Wines, Michael Crossley of Reciprocal Wine Trading Company,  wine writers Angela Lloyd and Fiona McDonald and me. Last year’s […]

October 5, 2010
by Christian
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Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Auctions are theoretically the best way of establishing the true market value of whatever is up for sale so what to make of turnover at the 26th annual Cape Winemakers Guild Auction completed on Saturday  coming in at R3 867 200, down 25% on 2009, which saw the highest ever sales in the auction’s history […]

October 4, 2010
by Christian
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Allée Bleue Chenin Blanc 2010

Van Zyl Du Toit, who joined Allée Bleue as winemaker in July 2009 after almost twelve years at Simonsig is a fund of pop-cultural aphorisms. “Plan the dive. Dive the plan,” he says, quoting former boss and Simonsig cellarmaster Johan Malan. Allée Bleue which is situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek was acquired by Wilfred […]

September 29, 2010
by Christian
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2010 CWG auction wines: The Yanks vs. SA

The Cape Winemakers Guild recently announced the results of blind tastings of some of this year’s auction wines by James Molesworth of Wine Spectator and Steve Tanzer of International Wine Cellar. Molesworth gave 27 of 32 wines tasted (out of a total of 39) 90 points or more on the 100-point scale, whilst Tanzer gave […]

September 28, 2010
by Christian
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Reyneke Wines – Woolworths W Chenin Blanc 2009

Yesterday a tasting of new release examples of Chenin Blanc hosted by the Chenin Blanc Association at Delaire in Stellenbosch. There were 29 wines on display, divided into three broad categories, namely “Fresh and Fruity”, “Rich and Ripe” and “Rich and Ripe Wooded”. It has been pointed out often enough that the commercial success of […]

September 28, 2010
by Christian
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Back labels that don’t suck: Hartenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2008

‘Cause we need stuff  that doesn’t mention “cooling sea breezes” or advises that the wine “goes well with pizza, pasta, white meat, red meat or simply on its own”. Back label for Hartenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2008 reads: “To the north of Stellenbosch lies the Hartenberg Cellar where man and the elements of nature bring their […]

September 28, 2010
by Christian
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