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...]

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...]

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...]

CellarFoot The Straw 2010


Nothing that Lammershoek winemaker Craig Hawkins does is remotely mainstream but CellarFoot is the label he uses to designate the wines which he feels really push the boundaries. The three stand-out wines for me are the following: CellarFoot … [Read more...]

Constantia Nectar 2009

On song.

Constantia Nectar 2009 is a natural sweet wine from Muscat de Frontignan grown on the property Huis in Bos, Teddy Hall responsible for vinification. Only two vintages were ever produced – the 2009 and 2010 – grapes subsequently purchased by Klein … [Read more...]