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Beaumont New Baby 2016

The relatively new white blend known as New Baby from Bot River property Beaumont is priced above the extremely accomplished Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc...

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2014

There are a few South African wines which, regardless of vintage or particular rating, have become crucial reference points – Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh,...

SA vs Loire Chenin Blanc

Are we making the most of Chenin Blanc? It may seem a strange question to ask at a point when the variety is receiving...

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011

There was some debate about how long to age SA white wines earlier in the week (see here) and this prompted me to open...

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2013

The 2013 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc from Beaumont in Bot River is an interesting proposition. It’s firmly into off-dry territory with a...

Momento Grenache 2011

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Ugly ducklings, swans and Chenin Blanc

“Is it really possible to sell Chenin at R195 a bottle?” asked Tinus Els, cellarmaster of L’Avenir of Wendy Appelbaum, owner of DeMorgenzon at...

Topical pic: South Africa vs. New Zealand and lunch with Sebastian...

Difficult to concentrate on work when national side the Proteas is playing in a Cricket World Cup semi-final. As I was sneaking out for...