Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 2009

An impressive new white wine blend from Thelema’s Elgin property Sutherland has been launched, comprising 86% Viognier and 14% Roussanne. Barrel fermented in old oak and matured for nine months, it’s wonderfully pure with a good line of acidity, flavours including peach and an intriguing herbal note. It suggests once again that while the conventional […]

September 21, 2010
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Tri Nations Wine Challenge 2010 results

The eight annual Tri Nations Wine Challenge saw New Zealand emerge as the winning country overall. Results were announced in Sydney on Friday 17 September. Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 took the Red Wine of Show and also Four Seasons Hotel Wine of Show. McWilliams Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2005 took […]

September 20, 2010
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Rhône blends reconsidered

The inaugural Hemel-en-Aarde Wines PSG Konsult Rhône Blend Challenge was held at Creation in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge on Saturday the panel included Cathy van Zyl MW (chair) Miguel Chan, head sommelier of Southern Sun Deluxe Hotels and me. Here’s how the wines rated (average score in brackets): 1. Spier Creative Block 3 2007 (17.6˙) 2. Newton […]

September 20, 2010
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Blaauwklippen Barouche 2009

The annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition is noteworthy firstly on account of how long-lived it is (it was run for the 27th time this year) and secondly because it involves what must be one of the most coveted databases in all the winelands: this year 75 different wine clubs submitted entries, including one from the USA! […]

September 20, 2010
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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2007

After completing a review of 131 local white blends on behalf of WINE magazine yesterday, off to Magica Roma in Pinelands for lunch with fellow panellists James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and Thys Louw of family farm Diemersdal in Durbanville. To eat, beef carpaccio followed by spaghetti […]

September 16, 2010
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Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 2010 results

The new-look October issue of WINE magazine reached subscribers today including results of the 2010 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge: AWARDS Best Blanc de Blancs, Best Overall Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blanc 2007 Best Non-Vintage Pongrácz Brut Best Rosé Pongrácz Rosé Best Vintage Kumkani Infiniti Brut 2004

September 15, 2010
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Cederberg Shiraz 2007

Cederberg Shiraz 2007 is a pretty dramatic glass of wine. It has a forthcoming nose of red and black berries as well as plenty of spice. The palate is sweet, rich and full with concentrated fruit and smooth tannins. It’s made in an unashamedly modern idiom: alcohol by volume 14.5%, residual sugar 3.1g/l, 15 months […]

September 14, 2010
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Topical pic: WINE magazine’s white blends tasting under way

This year’s white blends tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 131 submissions compared to 95 in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants, Cape Wine Master Meryl Weaver  and me. […]

September 14, 2010
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