Tim James: A “newbies” tasting suggests some trends

I spent a good chunk of last weekend – or so it seems in retrospect – tasting wines from a handful of the Cape’s newest producers. A privilege in the context of our exciting times, you might think – and that’s absolutely right for the most part. I was tasting with the redoutable Cathy van […]

July 14, 2015
by Tim James
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Fram Pinotage 2013

I imagine Fram Pinotage made from Citrusdal Mountain grapes by Thinus Krüger has acquired instant cult status after Jancis Robinson MW made it her “wine of the week” towards the end of January with a score of 17/20. Her tasting note read as follows: “Full, rich and round. Super charm on the nose and lots […]

February 10, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Getaway to run Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2011

The Nedbank Green Wine Awards to be held for the third time this year sees RamsayMedia’s Getaway magazine take over as media partner after the recent closure of Wine magazine. There are two categories of entry, namely: 1) Best Environmental Practice Award and 2) Best Wine from Organically Grown Grapes. Entries for the former have […]

August 18, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic – Klein Karoo regional tasting for Platter’s 2012

Just back from a two-day trip to the Klein Karoo to taste wines of the region for Platter’s 2012. I traveled with Greg de Bruyn CWM, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Belthazar and Balducci’s restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town and Cathy van Zyl MW. We were based at Joubert-Tradauw Private Cellar outside Barrydale […]

July 28, 2011
by Christian
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Rhône blends reconsidered

The inaugural Hemel-en-Aarde Wines PSG Konsult Rhône Blend Challenge was held at Creation in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge on Saturday the panel included Cathy van Zyl MW (chair) Miguel Chan, head sommelier of Southern Sun Deluxe Hotels and me. Here’s how the wines rated (average score in brackets): 1. Spier Creative Block 3 2007 (17.6˙) 2. Newton […]

September 20, 2010
by Christian
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Is Christine Rudman CWM the best taster in the country?

Tasting my way through wines to be rated for the 2011 edition of Platter’s, I’ve come across one or two that I think might be in the running for the guide’s ultimate accolade of 5 Stars. The way that Platter’s works is that all wines are tasted sighted (labels exposed), except for those nominated for […]

July 23, 2010
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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