Ataraxia’s Kevin Grant rethinks the red blend

Back in February, Pretoria-based lawyer and wine enthusiast Johan Smuts exhorted me and colleague Tim James on Twitter to review the 2014 and 2015 vintages of the red blend known as Serenity as made by Kevin Grant under his Ataraxia label. The wines were dispatched, Grant including the as yet unreleased 2016 in order to […]

March 15, 2017
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Klein Constantia Comparative Chardonnay Tasting

“People ask me why Klein Constantia stopped making Chardonnay and I don’t know,” says managing director Hans Astrom. “We have some planted which currently gets used for bubbly – within three to five years, we could have a couple of blocks to match the best in the country.” By way of setting course, a blind […]

December 5, 2013
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Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2010

How to spend an idle Sunday afternoon. The top 10 from the Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2011 plus some decent Burgundy sourced from Wine Cellar, the Cape Town firm which brokers and cellars fine wine. Wine of the day Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2010. Waves of aroma and flavour – blossom, fennel, […]

December 1, 2013
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Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007 vs. Oak Valley Chardonnay 2007

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007 – mostly from Hemel-en-Aarde and Elgin vineyards, fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak, a third new, abv 13.5%. Rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2009. Oak Valley Chardonnay 2007 –  from Elgin Vineyards, fermented and matured for nine months in French oak, 40% new, 13% abv . Rated  4½ Stars. […]

March 22, 2012
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Luddite Shiraz 2004

On Wednesday night, dinner at Steenberg’s Bistro 1682 as guests of the Cape Winemakers Guild. Before being seated trout beignet with Steenberg Pinot Noir MCC 2008, perhaps the best vintage of this wine to date with great fruit expression. As a starter, a delicious Namibian crab risotto with warm bouillabaisse gelee and salmon roe  – […]

September 30, 2011
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Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007

When the recent Big 5 Tasting which saw five local wine producers go head to head with top French doppelgängers took place, there was no Chardonnay module. The question was put to organiser Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events why this was, and he proffered that South Africa didn’t have anything to touch Burgundy. While […]

December 14, 2010
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Chardonnay reconsidered

Today saw a comparative tasting of Aussie vs. South African Chardonnay, 13 top examples from each country at Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch. Out of the 26 wines tasted, South Africa took first place, with a further seven in the top 10 – a deeply pleasing result that shows local wines can hold their own in […]

August 13, 2010
by Christian
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Kanonkop 1997 et al.

Friday saw 11 older Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Wines presented at Jordan Winery Restaurant in Stellenbosch. It was to be an investigation of the age-worthiness of South African wine, a topic that attracts its fair share of controversy. I am inclined to think that when it comes to modern South African reds in particular, these […]

June 21, 2010
by Christian
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