What I Drank Last Night
Good Booze. Good Food. Good Company.

Sijnn 2010

Not unlike Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Sijnn near the settlement of Malgas on the banks of the Breede River some three hours’ drive from Cape Town is about a remote a wine farm as I have ever visited (see images here). It sees David Trafford of De Trafford in Stellenbosch and partners … [Read more...]

CE’s Top 20 SA Wineries 2014

Top of the pops.

Wine writer Tim James recently conducted a poll to establish a top 20 list of wine producers in South Africa as he has done on an occasional basis since 2001. 29 local and international wine professionals were consulted and the results are available … [Read more...]

Keet First Verse 2010

Ode on pleasure.

Somewhere between the 2009 and 2010 vintage, Keets Wines became Keet Wines, to reflect properly the surname of winemaker Christopher Keet and reference to English Romantic poet John Keats therefore becoming more incidental. In keeping with things … [Read more...]

Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2013


Thorne and Daughters was started by John Seccombe and wife Tasha at the end of 2012. After growing up in Johannesburg, Seccombe originally started out studying maths and computer science at the University of Stellenbosch but later switched to … [Read more...]

Trizanne Signature Wines Syrah Grenache 2013

Excellent everyday drinking.

Trizanne Barnard’s involvement as winemaker at the ambitious Stellenbosch project Anwilka between 2005 and 2008 suggested that here was a winemaker to watch. She subsequently went on her own, mainly producing bulk wine for export but also founding … [Read more...]

Stellenrust “48” Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2012


Yesterday the Chenin Blanc Winter Showcase hosted by the Chenin Blanc Association – wines made in a “richer, fuller, riper style” which will make good drinking in the cold months ahead available for tasting. Even so, I would contend there’s been a … [Read more...]