What I Drank Last Night
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Treasure Hunter Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Good buy.

Colyn Truter, independent wine marketer, thinks that the general failure on the part of the South African wine industry to focus on provenance is eroding margins and turning the product into a commodity. He represents five farms, namely Arendsig … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2013


Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2013. Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012 Made from a Rawsonville Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1972. Along with Opstal Carl Everson 2012, emphatic proof that excellence can be had from the “other side … [Read more...]

Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012

Arendsig's Lourens van der Westhuizen.

Lourens van der Westhuizen, who makes some pretty handy wines under the Arendsig label from grapes grown on the family farm in Robertson, has just released a top-end Chenin Blanc from the 2012 vintage. Grapes in this instance come from Rawsonville – … [Read more...]

Esona Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

Drink with spag bol.

The Esona vineyards are in Robertson and the wines are made at Arendsig by Lourens van der Westhuizen. Scores and tasting notes for two of its current release wines below: Esona Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010: 15/20 Price: R68 Citrus, vanilla … [Read more...]

Robertson overview

Nuy Wynkelder

Last week’s public holiday prompted a three-night stay at Tierhoek Cottages in Robertson, and plenty of opportunity to assess the wines of the region. On our way up, a stop at Nuy to buy some Muskadel. I’d hoped that the White 2005, which won … [Read more...]