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Momento Tinta Barocca 2013

Gnarly.

Marelise Jansen van Rensberg, winemaker at Beaumont in Bot River, makes her own wine under the Momento label.  Her Grenache 2011 was pretty smart (see here) and I recently got to try her Tinta Barocca 2013 From 40-year-old Bot River vines, it … [Read more...]

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2013

Gimme Hope Jo'anna.

The 2013 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc from Beaumont in Bot River is an interesting proposition. It’s firmly into off-dry territory with a residual sugar of 7.3g/l (compared to 5.g/l for the splendid 2012) and it definitely has a sun-kissed … [Read more...]

Domaine Huet Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec Vouvray 2001

Benchmark stuff.

Wouldn’t it be great if Nando’s or Ocean Basket sponsored an annual Chenin Blanc Challenge – the best examples served in casual dining restaurants across the land? Yesterday a blind tasting of 11 local examples interspersed with four French wines … [Read more...]

Momento Grenache 2011

Genuine article.

Last night “Young Guns III”, a tasting hosted by Cape Town  merchants and cellarers Wine Cellar and featuring winemakers who are "pushing the boundaries, flouting convention and embracing ‘natural’ winemaking”. Marelise Jansen van Rensberg, … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Profoundly good.

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more … [Read more...]

Ugly ducklings, swans and Chenin Blanc

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“Is it really possible to sell Chenin at R195 a bottle?” asked Tinus Els, cellarmaster of L’Avenir of Wendy Appelbaum, owner of DeMorgenzon at the “Summer Chenin Showcase” put on by the Chenin Blanc Association yesterday. 22 wines in a variety of … [Read more...]