Flagstone was founded by Bruce Jack as an innovative and fiercely independent label in the late 1990s. Grapes were sourced from around the country and winemaking premises were initially located at the V&A Waterfront and later moved to a converted dynamite factory on an industrial estate in Somerset West. It seemed contrary to the Jack […]
Thursday night was the Johannesburg public tasting of some of the top-performing examples of Pinotage from WINE magazine’s category review. Question of the evening was how it could be explained that two of the wines that were included in the line-up had also been on show at the recent tasting of the gold and silver […]
Two days into this year’s Shiraz Challenge judging and I needed something crisp and refreshing. The Sauvingon Blanc 2009 from Bartinney, the Stellenbosch farm owned by First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan, proved just the trick. After winemaking stints at first Groot Constantia and then Doolhof in Wellington, Therese de Beer joined Bartinney in January […]
Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams says: Keen to post what I tasted today – if only I knew what they were, but I encountered 12 white wines in Blackfriars, London as the first day of the MW tasting exam. If I’m right, we started off with 2 white Burgundies, Chablis and Mersault, I think. Then five […]
Whatidranklastnight.co.za might not have been live for very long, but it seems it is already causing a stir. Neil Pendock noted on his blog Pendock Uncorked that according to my potted CV (here) I will now also be a taster for Platter’s which operates sighted, in addition to continuing to chair the WINE magazine tasting […]
This year’s Shiraz Challenge has attracted 186 entries down from 247 in 2009. Are we finally seeing some market consolidation? The panel is myself, Carrie Adams of retailer Norman Goodfellows, Miguel Chan, group sommelier for Souther Sun hotels, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and Christine Rudman, CWM. […]
Below is a list of all the gold medals (including museum class) awarded per category over the nine years that the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show has been running. It is interesting to note that on this basis Cabernet Sauvignon is the strongest category over time, followed by Chardonnay and then Bordeaux-style red blends. Those […]
Skywalker says: While not from a great Bordeaux vintage, this property never disappoints!