Topical pic: Extension of the James Sedgwick distillery completed

The James Sedgwick whisky distillery on the outskirts of Wellington dates from 1886. Today, it is the source of Three Ships Select, a blend of South African and Scotch whisky matured for three years, production amounting to a 1.5 million litres a year. It sells for R79 a bottle and is the seventh largest whisky […]

October 27, 2010
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Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I recall that on joining Wine magazine back in March 2000, one of the wines causing a stir at the time was the maiden vintage Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 on the basis of a rating of 4½ Stars, as reported on in the category tasting that appeared in the April 2000 issue. Since then, however, […]

October 26, 2010
by Christian
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Some thoughts on wine competitions

Following the announcement of Wine magazine’s Sauvignon Blanc Top 10, the worth of wine competitions is yet again under debate, but I’m not sure we’re making any progress in terms of how the system (the term used loosely) might be improved. I would be the first to attest that as wine competitions get bigger and […]

October 26, 2010
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Ladreda 2008

Dinner on Friday at Aubergine restaurant in Cape Town to sample various wine supplied by the ever generous Jörg Pfützner, wine consultant by profession and party animal by nature.  The wines of Dirk Niepoort based in the Douro region of Portugal featured prominently, Pfützner having just returned from visiting with him. First up, Niepoort Tiara […]

October 25, 2010
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Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2009

Last night dinner at Paranga in Camp’s Bay with Christophe Renard, a director of Domaines Ott, three distinct estates in the Côtes de Provence and Bandol. Founded in 1896 and part of the Champagne Louis Roeder group since 2004, Domaines Ott is today one of the world’s premier Rosé producers. Reciprocal Wine Trading Company was […]

October 22, 2010
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Dornier Chenin Blanc 2010

Yesterday lunch at Bodega, the restaurant at Stellenbosch winery Dornier to sample winemaker JC Steyn’s three interpretations of Chenin Blanc. First the entry-level Cocoa Hill 2010, selling for R45 a bottle from the farm. This wine includes own grapes as well as a portion from Bottelary and is unwooded. It comes across as very primary […]

October 22, 2010
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Topical pic: stickers move product

In the November 2009 issue of Wine magazine, I wrote: “One issue to ponder, as wine lovers consider the future of Sauvignon Blanc in the South African context, is the role of multi-regional blends. Sauvignon is arguably one the ultimate terroir wines in the sense that there is theoretically little to obscure the impact of […]

October 21, 2010
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Topical pic: Stranveld’s Conrad and Suzan Vlok celebrate success

Pictured alongside are Conrad and Suzan Vlok of Elim property Strandveld, who have  two wines in Wine magazine’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, namely First Sighting 2009 (from multiple vineyards and including 9% Semillon) and Strandveld 2010 (single vineyard). Neil Pendock got it nearly right when he wrote in his blog prior to the announcement of the […]

October 21, 2010
by Christian
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