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

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 … [Read more...]

Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2011


Does local Pinot Noir benefit from a sympathy vote? Make a halfway decent wine from this perennially difficult grape and your ratings get bumped up disproportionately it very often seems to me. Last night the Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 from Chamonix, … [Read more...]

The North Coast wine scene

Wine by Portugal, ice-bucket by SA.

Just back from a family holiday to the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast and I was reminded once again how fragile the domestic wine culture is. Wine lists in restaurants are typically short and dominated by the fare offered by big distributors – it seemed … [Read more...]

Mullineux Syrah 2012

More than the sum of its parts.

Have Mullineux Family Wines already got to the point that a new vintage is absorbed by the market so quickly that any formal announcement of a new release is superfluous? I saw the Syrah 2012 selling for R238.90 a bottle at Liquor City Claremont and … [Read more...]

Interview: Mike Dobrovic of Havana Hills

Dobrovic at leisure.

From the July issue of Business Day WANTED: Mike Dobrovic, 57, was winemaker at Mulderbosch for nearly two decades before departing in 2009 and now holds a consultancy position with Philidelphia winery Havana Hills. One of the great eccentrics of the … [Read more...]

David Aristargos 2013

Right on.

News from David and Nadia Sadie of David Wines is that they will from now on be based at Paardebosch in the Siebritskloof, making both their wines and those of the property in a completely overhauled cellar. Recently a tasting of the new David … [Read more...]