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Is SA wine judging stuck in the past?

Everything changes, everything stays the same.

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 … [Read more...]

Geantet-Pansiot Charmes-Chambertin 2009

Top drop.

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 … [Read more...]

Allan Mullins My Song White 2012

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% … [Read more...]

Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards Woolworths Limited Release Spectrum 2008

Shows a wide range of flavour.

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 … [Read more...]

Topical pic: WINE magazine Chardonnay tasting under way

Christian Eedes, Carrie Adams, JD Pretorius, Angela Lloyd and Allan Mullins.

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 … [Read more...]

Absolutism and relativism in SA wine

Lies, damn lies and statistics - are SA wines really getting better?

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 … [Read more...]