Tim James: Some thoughts on I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting Wine

To adapt Voltaire: if Jamie Goode didn’t exist, wine nerds would need to invent him. No other wine writer appears to have the scientific background, or the will, or the skill, to bring rigorous scrutiny to this sadly vague field of endeavour (wine appreciation), which even at its most professional doesn’t really know whether it’s […]

April 24, 2017
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Mount Sutherland Syrah 2013

Super Single Vineyards sees Daniël de Waal making wines under two labels, namely Mount Sutherland and Pella, grapes for the former sourced from a sheep farm near Sutherland in the Karoo and for the latter from around Stellenbosch. The 2012 vintage of Mount Sutherland Syrah was not only best in category but best red wine […]

April 24, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Alto M.P.H.S 2007 – 2012

The 2012 vintage of the flagship red blend from Stellenbosch property Alto has just been released, and to mark the occasion, a tasting of this and the two previous vintages to date, namely 2007 and 2011. Unfortunately, the 2007 which is available from Vinoteque.co.za at R1 144 a bottle is not looking good – a […]

April 21, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Vuurberg White 2016

“These go to eleven,” is an idiom coined in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, where the guitarist proudly demonstrates an amplifier whose volume knobs are marked from zero to eleven, instead of the usual zero to ten and that’s also what you get from the Vuurberg wines as made by Donovan Rall. Tasting notes […]

April 20, 2017
by Christian
with 3 Comments

10 Year Old Wine Awards 2017: Results

Winemag.co.za is pleased to present the 10 Year Old Wine Awards 2017 – featuring wines from the 2007 vintage. 72 entries from 41 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the […]

April 19, 2017
by Christian
with 10 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Is wine tasting essentially pointless?

Yes, I know which platform I’m writing for. No, I haven’t had too much wine. Yes, I am serious about this topic. In the last week, I’ve had two interactions relating to wine assessment that got me questioning the intrinsic value of the exercise where it involves an impressive and/or annoying descriptive tasting note. I […]

April 19, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 4 Comments

La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from La Motte is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon – the Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in Elgin, Bot River, Elim and Napier and the Semillon from Elim, the wine consequently carrying the fairly new origin designation of Cape South Coast. On the nose, a floral top note […]

April 19, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Dalla Cia Teano 2014

Teano is the renowned Giorgio Dalla Cia’s version of a Super Tuscan, the wine a blend of Bordeaux varieties plus Sangiovese. The 2014, matured for 24 months in 100% new 300-litre barrels, is luxuriously styled and has the price tag to match, selling for R869 a bottle on Port2Port. The nose shows red and black […]

April 18, 2017
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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