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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...

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...

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...

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%....

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...

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...

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...

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...