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Is SA wine judging stuck in the past?

Over the weekend, I chanced across the SAA winelist for June 2000, a family member’s holiday momento. The wines in business class were Eikendal Chardonnay 1998 and Darling Cellars Groenekloof Pinotage 1998 while the so-called premier selection wines were Villiera Sauvignon Blanc 1998 and Môreson Pinehurst Cabernet Sauvignon 1998. The 2000 SAA Wine Selection Judges [...]

August 12, 2013
by Christian
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Geantet-Pansiot Charmes-Chambertin 2009

On Friday a workshop hosted by Paul Cluver Estate in Elgin towards a identifying where South African Pinot Noir can be improved. As part of the exercise a line-up of eight wines from Burgundy ranging from something as relatively as humble Michel Lafarge Bourgogne 2009 to the outstanding Geantet-Pansiot Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2009. Accepting [...]

February 25, 2013
by Christian
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Allan Mullins My Song White 2012

At WineX last night, the chance to taste the two new ultra-premium wines bearing the name of Woolworths wine selector Allan Mullins. Allan Mullins My Song White 2012: 17/20 Price: R169 50% Sauvignon Blanc from Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch, 50% Semillon from Cape Point Vineyards (half of this wooded).  A dramatic wine, very much new-wave [...]

November 30, 2012
by Christian
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Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards Woolworths Limited Release Spectrum 2008

Spectrum 2008 was made by Callie Louw during his brief stint at Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards and drinking it yesterday I can see why Marc Kent was so keen to poach him away to work on the Porcelain Mountain project in the Swartland. Bottled exclusively for retail chain Woolworths, this wine was rated 5 Stars in [...]

March 14, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: WINE magazine Chardonnay tasting under way

This year’s Chardonnay tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 173 examples (28 unwooded and 145 wooded) submissions compared to 150 (19 unwooded and 131 wooded) in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, wine writer Angela Lloyd, Woolworths wine selector Allan Mullins, JD Pretorius, [...]

August 17, 2010
by Christian
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Absolutism and relativism in SA wine

Wine writer Neil Pendock has once again posed some provocative questions concerning the state of the South African wine criticism  in two of his recent columns (see “Are SA wines really getting better?” and “Is wine appreciation generationally dependent?”). Pendock seems to be advancing a postmodernist perspective by rejecting the notion of progress (specifically he [...]

June 18, 2010
by Christian
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