What I Drank Last Night
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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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Nederburg Auction 2014 sales figures

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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 … [Continue reading]

Bosman Family Vineyards Fides 2013

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A war story. It was some ten years ago that Chenin-driven, oxidatively made blends started to emerge as a category and as deputy editor of Wine magazine, I proposed that our panel review a line-up of the more prominent examples. The tasters were by … [Continue reading]

Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch Syrah 2011


Last night, a tasting of the new releases from Stellenbosch cellar Tokara. Taken as a whole, these were a very impressive set of wines – winemaker Miles Mossop who has been here since inception has always been calculated in his approach but he … [Continue reading]

Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2011


Paul Cluver Estate managing director Paul Cluver Jnr reckons the recently released 2011 vintage of the Elgin property’s flagship Seven Flags Pinot Noir shows “even greater delicacy” than previous vintages and I agree. Whether this is a good thing or … [Continue reading]