What I Drank Last Night
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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...]

Neil Ellis Elgin Chardonnay 2003

The inaugural RE:CM 10 Year Old Wine Awards attracted 73 reds from 39 producers but what of the whites from that vintage? Colleague Angela Lloyd pulled seven examples from her cellar and I added an eighth in the form of Vergelegen CWG Auction Reserve … [Read more...]

La Bri Merlot 2010

How Merlot can you go?

Last night I revisited the Merlot 2010 from La Bri in Franschhoek for the first time since it won the trophy for best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. I was on the panel along with Angela Lloyd and Anthony Rose which judged Merlot and … [Read more...]

SBIG to run 2011 Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition 2011

A previous winner.

The fifth annual Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition will be held under the auspices of the producer organisation known as the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group now that originator Wine magazine is no longer.  Sponsorship is provided by First National … [Read more...]

2011 CWG auction wines rated

Something for everyone.

Earlier today the Cape Winemakers Guild facilitated a blind tasting of the wines to be sold at this year’s auction by a group of local wine journalist, the venue being Nitida Cellars in Durbanville. Those participating included Tim James of The … [Read more...]

The Foundry Syrah 2001

Carefully conceived.

Yesterday a tasting convened by Angela Lloyd for an article on the age-worthiness of modern-era South African wines to appear in an upcoming issue of WineLand. Two flights of seven wines, the first and the second red. We tasted blind with scoring … [Read more...]