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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 … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]


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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Nederburg Auction 2014 sales figures

Nederburg Auction logo

The process of rejuvenation which the Nederburg Auction is undergoing continues in dramatic fashion – 11 941.5 litres worth just over R7 million compared to 12 448.50 litres worth R4.4 million last year, which amounts to a 68.5% increase in price per … [Read more...]