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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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What “Skywalker” drank on 25.09.10

Skywalker asks: ” What happenned to the Lafitte? Mouton a favourite on this showing.” 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 a pseudonym and your […]

September 28, 2010
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What “Lauren” drank on 21.09.10

Lauren says: “What would be good enough to drink with dinner after WINE magazine’s Bordeaux-style tasting on Tuesday night was a conundrum. Since our teeth were already stained with the tannic remains of South Africa’s finest  including De Toren Fusion V 2007, it was pointless chickening out and going for a sauvignon blanc. So, looking […]

September 28, 2010
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Pick’s Pick Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Post public tasting of some of the top performing Bordeaux blends as featured in the September issue of WINE magazine at the Sandton Sun last night, dinner with guest speaker Kevin Arnold of Waterford at thte Butcher Shop & Grill. We could’ve drunk a left-over bottle of Waterford CWG Auction Reserve 2005 rated 5 Stars […]

September 23, 2010
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