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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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 2003. Hardly a definitive exercise but three examples of Chardonnay at […]

March 12, 2013
by Christian
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La Bri Merlot 2010

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 given its perennial woes, we couldn’t help […]

December 11, 2012
by Christian
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SBIG to run 2011 Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition 2011

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 Bank. Judging takes place on 27, 28 and 29 September with me chairing the panel and […]

August 26, 2011
by Christian
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2011 CWG auction wines rated

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 Mail & Guardian and, Angela Lloyd of, Cathy Marston of, Neil Pendock […]

August 16, 2011
by Christian
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The Foundry Syrah 2001

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 done according to the 20-point system. Here’s how I rated the wines: WHITES […]

April 10, 2011
by Christian
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Perdeberg Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

When colleague Angela Lloyd asked me to nominate my top 100 wines in South Africa as part of a survey for the website, I took the liberty of including Perdeberg Chenin Blanc on the basis that there are few wines that are more reliable in terms of providing satisfying everyday drinking. In December last […]

March 28, 2011
by Christian
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Topical pic: WINE magazine’s Blanc de Noir and Rosé tasting under way

This year’s Blanc de Noir and Rosé tasting to be reported on in the December issue of WINE magazine has attracted 110 submissions compared to 108 in 2009. The panel is Howard Booysen of Howard Booysen Wines, Michael Crossley of Reciprocal Wine Trading Company,  wine writers Angela Lloyd and Fiona McDonald and me. Last year’s […]

October 5, 2010
by Christian
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