The Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 were announced last night, with Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2008 taking the international trophy for best white blend above £10 and De Heuvel Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009 the international trophy for best white varietal above £10. Read more here.
The Cape Wineamkers Guild deserves kudos for letting the wines selected for this year’s auction be subjected to assessment via blind tasting (see here), but what of the wines that didn’t make the cut? Andries Burger, winemaker at Paul Cluver Estate in Elgin, was made a member of the Guild this year and submitted two […]
When wine commentators Michael Fridjhon, Tim James, Neil Pendock, Chrisitine Rudman and I convened to taste the line-up of 2010 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines, it was agreed to score according to the 100-point system and individual scores were captured. For interest, the arithmetic average scores of the wines involved appear below : 91.8 Tullie […]
An assessment of the wines to be sold at this year’s Cape Winemakers Guild auction was recently completed, the first time ever that local commentators have had the opportunity to do this in a blind tasting. WINE magazine coordinated the exercise and those participating included Michael Fridjhon of Business Day, Tim James of The Mail & […]
Last night I drank La Motte Hanneli R 2005 to accompany lacquered smoked lamb’s pickled rib, pickled tongue, dried pair dumpling, verjuice poached pear, wilted broad bean shoots and parsnips and crispy lamb’s liver biltong. No, we weren’t eating at home. This was the re-launch of the Franschhoek property owned by Hanneli Rupert and Hein […]
Judging of the Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Semillon and Viognier categories to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine was completed earlier today. The panel consisted of Ginette de Flueriot of Wineworx, KWV winemaker Johann Fourie, wine writer Angela Lloyd, restaurateur Jonathan Steyn and me. WINE journalist Jeanri-Tine van Zyl officiated as an associate judge. […]
After standing idle for decades, the mill at Bot River farm Compagnes Drift runs again, restored by Elgin fruit farmer and engineering enthusiast Andy Selfe. Compagnes Drift is home to the Beaumonts, and when Sebastian, son of founders Jayne and the late Raoul, needed a name for the maiden vintage of his new flagship red […]
The worldwide surface area planted to Shiraz vines has gone from less than 10 000 hectares in the early 1980s to more than 150 000 hectares in 2007/2008, according to Lynne Sheriff MW, speaking at the 2010 La Motte Shiraz Experience yesterday. Who’s going to buy the stuff ? is the question because as Sherriff […]