What I Drank Last Night
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New Cab clone planted at Ernie Els Wines

Men at work.

The Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 was rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2014 and Louis Strydom, winemaker and managing director at this Helderberg winery, is backing Cab in a big way.  It makes up some 55% of the 45ha under vine here and yesterday … [Read more...]

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 1994

Indestructible.

To see in 2014, the 1994 vintage of Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch cellar Mulderbosch. This was the third ever vintage made by the celebrated Mike Drobovic from low-yeilding bush vines featuring the “Weerstasie” clone. It was rated 5 Stars in the … [Read more...]

Platter’s 2014

Dove egg blue. Maybe.

Major achievements in Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2014: Winery of the year Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Superquaffer of the Year Boland Kelder Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2013 White Wine of the Year DeMorgenzon Maestro White … [Read more...]

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2006

Good to go.

How much should we expect of top-end SA red when it comes to maturation potential? I think most get to optimum drinking a lot quicker than their European counterparts and this is  something we should with which we should all make peace. Over the … [Read more...]

De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008

All conquering.

The Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008 from Calitzdorp producer De Krans comes festooned with stickers including one announcing its 5-Star rating in the 2011 edition of Platter’s. Of course, it shouldn’t be broached for a long while yet, but another … [Read more...]

Chamonix Troika Reserve 2010

Unsung hero.

A tasting at Chamonix in Franschhoek on Friday but what to add that hasn’t been said already? It’s winery of the year in the current edition of Platter’s and Greywacke Pinotage 2010, Pinot Noir Reserve 2011, Chardonnay Reserve 2011 and White Reserve … [Read more...]