Ashbourne 2001

After 30 years in the international wine trade, Johann Innerhofer now owns Capelands Estate together with partner Laura Mauri on Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West. This coming Saturday Innerhofer and Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events are hosting a “Magnanimous Barolo & Truffle Dinner” at the property’s Restaurant Magniare. Wines from the excellent […]

August 23, 2010
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Topical pic: 5 Star tasting for Platter’s 2011 completed

Judging of the wines nominated for 5 Stars to appear in Platter’s 2011 was completed yesterday at the Devon Valley hotel in Stellenbosch. There were a total of 150 wines in the running, and tasters were divided into three panels, each panel assessing different categories. How many wines achieved the guide’s ultimate accolade? Now that […]

August 21, 2010
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Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Red 2004

A rare night out for darling and me on Thursday. After attending RMB WineX at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, we headed with intent for Bizerca Bistro and some of chef Laurent Deslandes delicious grub. For mains, darling chose the rabbit fricassee and I ordered chicken jambonnette. Something medium bodied and fresh to drink. […]

August 21, 2010
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Topical pic: WineX Cape Town in terminal decline… or not

Much has been made of  RMB WineX Cape Town being reduced from three to two nights this year, but I attended on Thursday night and report that rumours of its death are greatly exaggerated. While there were some high-profile producers conspicous by their absence, you could still taste the likes of Cape Point Vineyards, Hamilton […]

August 21, 2010
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Epicurean 2007

I’m not inclined to turn down an invitation to the launch of a new vintage of Epicurean as it typically involves a long lunch with only the finest fare. On Thursday, Mutle Mogase of Vantage Capital and politician Mbhazima Shilowa, who along with Ron Gault, retired head of JP Morgan Chase SA and Moss Ngoasheng […]

August 21, 2010
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Silverthorn Genie Brut Rosé 2007

As featured in the last issue of Business Day WANTED: “Magic in the bottle” claims the back label of Genie, the Brut Rosé 2007 from Robertson property Silverthorn, and it’s difficult not to come under the spell of this appealing pink bubbly. The wine is made by John Loubser, whose day job is cellarmaster and […]

August 19, 2010
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De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2007

De Trafford winemaker David Trafford won the WINE magazine Challenge in 2000 and again in 2002 (jointly with Teddy Hall) so his capability with Chenin is well established. According to the De Trafford website, grapes for this wine come from vineyards ranging in age from 21 to 35 years in Helderberg, Stellenbosch. The wine was […]

August 18, 2010
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Topical pic: WINE magazine Chardonnay tasting under way

This year’s Chardonnay tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 173 examples (28 unwooded and 145 wooded) submissions compared to 150 (19 unwooded and 131 wooded) in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, wine writer Angela Lloyd, Woolworths wine selector Allan Mullins, JD Pretorius, […]

August 17, 2010
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