What I Drank Last Night
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Rall White 2013


Donovan Rall has enjoyed huge success since his maiden vintage 2008. What does he put it down to? “Luck. Being surrounded by like-minded people. Constantly gauging myself against my peers. And the right vineyards – apply the least amount of … [Read more...]

Vuurberg White 2013

Donovan Rall.

Donovan Rall has been winemaker at Stellenbosch winery Vuurberg since 2010 and has been quietly refining the wines since his arrival there. If the white blend under his own label is Swartland with a little bit of Stellenbosch, then that under the … [Read more...]

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old

Bunnahabhain brand manager Lizanne Mouton.

South Africa is the fifth biggest market by volume and the seventh biggest by value for Scotch whisky. About 150 000 litres of single malt get sold here and Bunnahabhain is Distell’s offering, currently selling some 4 500 litres. From Islay, … [Read more...]

Longridge Pinotage 2012


No decent Pinotage for ages and then two come along at once. Still reflecting on how good the Radford Dale Frankenstein 2013 is, I had chance to open the Longridge 2012 (R110 a bottle) and was again dead impressed. Apparently the wine represents … [Read more...]

Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2013

Serve with pizza, pasta or simply on its own.

After more than my fair share of haggis, salmon, Aberdeen Angus beef  and, yes, whisky while in Scotland courtesy of liquor marketing company Edward Snell and Co, some comfort food and drink was required upon my return to South Africa and so it was … [Read more...]

Radford Dale Frankenstein Pinotage 2013

Come up to the lab and see what's on the slab.

Calling your Pinotage “Frankenstein” recalling novelist Mary Shelley’s  monster who becomes terrifying to its creator appeals to my sense of humour especially when the actual wine is anything but. Frankenstein Pinotage fits among the Winery of … [Read more...]