Raats Cabernet Franc 2012

Bruwer Raats has been making his single-variety Cabernet Franc since 2001, working with the same two Stellenbosch blocks from 2005 and the wines keep getting better. I thought the 2011 was terrific (see here) and wondered how he might possibly improve on it the short-term. He just has with the 2012. A really lovely array […]

October 1, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Buitenverwachting Cabernet Franc 2009

What’s more weird? That 11 out 12 examples of Cabernet Sauvignon nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013 didn’t make it or that three out of five Cabernet Franc did? Out of the five examples of Cabernet Franc which were in the running, the two which fell short are my favourite although I’m not sure […]

November 20, 2012
by Christian
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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 the “Summer Chenin Showcase” put on by the Chenin Blanc Association yesterday. 22 wines in a variety of styles including the DeMorgenzon Reserve 2006, with a suggested price of, yes, five […]

October 12, 2012
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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