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2014 Amorim MCC Challege Results

GM in action.

Twelve Apostles Hotel sommelier Gregory Mutambe.

The results of the 14th annual Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows:

Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner:
Domaines des Dieux 2009

Best Brut Non-Vintage:

Best Rosé Non-Vintage:
Graham Beck Brut Rosé

Best Rosé Vintage:
Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009

Best Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage:
Colmant Brut Chardonnay

Best Blanc de Blancs Vintage:
Laborie 2010

Best Museum Class:
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2004

Stellenzicht Rhapsody 2007

Old gold.

“If Veritas is the wine equivalent of the Currie Cup, then the International Wine and Spirit Competition is the World Cup,” was the recent memorable remark of Maryna Strachan, editor of Wine Extra, the IWSC’s media partner in South … [Continue reading]

Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2013

Gummiberry juice.

The 2013 vintage of Seriously Cool Cinsault is the same smashable vein as the maiden 2012 (see here) if a teeny-weeny bit not as tight and focused. Grapes from Helderberg bush vines more than 40 years old, vinfication involving spontaneous, … [Continue reading]


Crazy cool.

Yesterday as part of presentation by Georg Riedel of the Riedel Wine Glass Company, Coca-Cola from plastic mug and from dedicated Riedel glass to convey the message that your choice of drinking vessel makes a difference. Coca-Cola from plastic … [Continue reading]

Momento Tinta Barocca 2013


Marelise Jansen van Rensberg, winemaker at Beaumont in Bot River, makes her own wine under the Momento label.  Her Grenache 2011 was pretty smart (see here) and I recently got to try her Tinta Barocca 2013 From 40-year-old Bot River vines, it … [Continue reading]

Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2011 vs Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2011


Yesterday an “Us vs Them” tasting – five pairs of wines, each consisting of something South African and something from elsewhere in the world. As is so often the case, our whites impressed more than our reds. Pair 1 : Quoin Rock The Nicobar … [Continue reading]