Morgenster 2005

Who says South Africa isn’t capable of top Merlot? Last night the Morgenster 2005, a blend of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon showed very well indeed. A classic nose of red and black fruit, some cigar box and a touch of forest floor by virtue of age. The palate more contemporary – ripe but […]

July 17, 2014
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Vriesenhof Grenache 2011

“Sophisticated and serious as well as easily delightful” writes colleague Tim James of the Grenache 2011 from Vriesenhof in the 2014 edition of Platter’s (before awarding it 4½ Stars) and I know what he means. It’s the kind of wine which doesn’t take over the evening but is just part of the evening, uplifting the […]

March 6, 2014
by Christian
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CE’s top 20 SA wineries

Tim James on behalf of the Mail & Guardian recently conducted a poll of 29 wine professionals to establish a top 20 list of wine producers in South Africa and you can read the results here. My nominations were as follows: Top Five Boekenhoutskloof (1st in overall top five) Cape Point Vineyards (in the final […]

April 5, 2012
by Christian
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A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines White 2007

With the second annual Swartland Revolution set to take place on 11.11.11 plus the following day, expect saturation social media coverage of the wines from Adi Badenhorst, Andrea and Chris Mullineux and Eben Sadie as well as host of other indie winemakers during that period. It is, for instance, remarkable that editor Tim James […]

October 27, 2011
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2011 CWG auction wines rated

Earlier today the Cape Winemakers Guild facilitated a blind tasting of the wines to be sold at this year’s auction by a group of local wine journalist, the venue being Nitida Cellars in Durbanville. Those participating included Tim James of The Mail & Guardian and, Angela Lloyd of, Cathy Marston of, Neil Pendock […]

August 16, 2011
by Christian
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Tokara Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2007

Tim James has been up to his usual wine competition bashing efforts over on (see here, here and here), his issue not only that any one competition will produce a set of results that are “mix of valid and rubbish” but also that there is “extraordinary disparity” between the results of different competitions. I’m […]

June 16, 2011
by Christian
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Actor Michael Douglas disses wine tasting in Vanity Fair

In the March issue of Vanity Fair, actor Michael Douglas, famous for his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, answers the Proust Questionnaire. In response to the question “What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?”, he replies “Wine tasting”. Robert Mugabe is the “living person he most despises” so we don’t completely disagree […]

February 23, 2011
by Christian
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2010 CWG auction wines: The Yanks vs. SA

The Cape Winemakers Guild recently announced the results of blind tastings of some of this year’s auction wines by James Molesworth of Wine Spectator and Steve Tanzer of International Wine Cellar. Molesworth gave 27 of 32 wines tasted (out of a total of 39) 90 points or more on the 100-point scale, whilst Tanzer gave […]

September 28, 2010
by Christian
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