What I Drank Last Night
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Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2013

Serve with pizza, pasta or simply on its own.

Serve with pizza, pasta or simply on its own.

After more than my fair share of haggis, salmon, Aberdeen Angus beef  and, yes, whisky while in Scotland courtesy of liquor marketing company Edward Snell and Co, some comfort food and drink was required upon my return to South Africa and so it was off to Massimo’s Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Hout Bay this past weekend.

On the plate, a pancetta pizza and in the glass, Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2013 from Badenhorst Family Wines, quite possibly the best vintage yet of this wine. Honeysuckle, white and yellow peach plus a hint of spice on the nose while the palate shows concentrated, succulent fruit and tangy acidity. Best of all, the wine cost R130 a bottle, the equivalent of about ₤7. A week before I’d been dining at the Radisson Blue Edwardian, Manchester where Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin went for ₤24.75…

Score: 90/100.

The RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2014: Call for submissions

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In conjunction with RisCura, a global financial services provider, I am pleased to announce that the White Hot Wine Awards featuring Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends will again be taking place this year. A tasting is proposed to establish the top … [Continue reading]

Radford Dale Frankenstein Pinotage 2013

Come up to the lab and see what's on the slab.

Calling your Pinotage “Frankenstein” recalling novelist Mary Shelley’s  monster who becomes terrifying to its creator appeals to my sense of humour especially when the actual wine is anything but. Frankenstein Pinotage fits among the Winery of … [Continue reading]

Rivendell Sauvignon Blanc 2012


It’s nearly August and judging for this year’s rounds of the Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition and the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge are concluded, results to be announced shortly. The FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition seems to be … [Continue reading]

Glen Grant 50 Years Old

Glen Grant master distiller Dennis Malcolm.

And so on a trip facilitated by liquor marketing company Edward Snell and Co to mark the launch of Glen Grant 50 Years Old single malt Scotch whisky which has taken in a visit to Manchester United's home ground of Old Trafford, watching the last day … [Continue reading]

Morgenster 2005

How Merlot can you go?

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 … [Continue reading]