What I Drank Last Night
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Delaire Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2011

C'mon, summer!

C’mon, summer!

Yesterday being Spring Day and with the temperature in Cape Town nudging 30⁰ C, it seemed only appropriate to crack a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc as an aperitif. There are people who consider it infra dig but I’m not one of them, presuming what’s in the bottle isn’t ultra-green.

So what did we opt for? A bottle of Delaire Coastal Cuvée 2011, which won a FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Award that year. 50% of the grapes came from Stellenbosch, 32% Durbanville, 14% Darling and the wine also includes 4% Franschhoek Semillon.

Lime, white peach, a touch of gunsmoke, some honey by virtue of time in bottle. A subtle fynbos top-note is about as “green” as it gets. Nice palate weight and coated acidity. In really good nick three years on from vintage.

Score: 91/100.

Shannon Mount Bullet 2011

Heavy caliber.

Any producer intent on building an ultra-premium wine brand can’t afford to ignore the US. It’s the world’s biggest wine market and relatively price insensitive at the top end. “Whether by design or good luck, we’ve made a phenomenal Merlot from … [Continue reading]

Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2014 winners

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Results of the inaugural Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 126 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Bellingham The Old … [Continue reading]

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show vs Platter’s

Caroline's Fine Wine Cellar

Last night I presented a tasting on behalf of Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar in Constantia in comparing wines that had won gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show with wines to have rated 5 Stars in Platter’s. The line-up as follows: Delaire Graff … [Continue reading]

Niepoort Coche 2011


When visiting Portugal earlier in the year courtesy of Amorim Cork, I was impressed with the quality of the Douro white blends. They reminded me in broad terms of some our top-end Chenin-based blends and together with Amorim’s managing director in … [Continue reading]

Cape Point Vineyards Noble Late Harvest 2011


Lunch on Friday at the Cape Point Vineyards restaurant where chef Clayton Bell previously of Constantia Uitsig now cooks. During our meal, winemaker Duncan Savage shared some thoughts on Sauvignon Blanc: “It’s is one of the most commercially … [Continue reading]