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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011

There was some debate about how long to age SA white wines earlier in the week (see here) and this prompted me to open some wines no longer in the first flush of youth. First Vuurberg White 2010 next to the 2011, the Chenin-led blend made by Donovan Rall from mostly Stellenbosch but some Swartland [...]

March 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Momento Tinta Barocca 2013

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 underwent spontaneously fermentation and was matured for 15 months in old French oak [...]

September 16, 2014
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2013

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 quality about it – it’s rich and positively bursting with fruit including guava, lemon, [...]

June 12, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Domaine Huet Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec Vouvray 2001

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 (an informal affair conducted among friends) and once again I was left feeling that while [...]

February 17, 2014
by Christian
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Momento Grenache 2011

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, winemaker at Beaumont in Bot River, particularly impressed. The Hope Marguerite 2012 from Chenin Blanc grown on the Beaumont property is [...]

June 13, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

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 refined and sophisticated. Colmant Brut Chardonnay Price: R168 Monday 30 January was the [...]

December 3, 2012
by Christian
with 10 Comments

Ugly ducklings, swans and Chenin Blanc

“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 styles including the DeMorgenzon Reserve 2006, with a suggested price of, yes, five [...]

October 12, 2012
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Beaumont Vitruvian 2008

If you’re not inclined to be confined by convention, then why not a blend of 38% Mourvèdre,27% Pinotage, 12% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 11% Shiraz? The 2008 is the current release of the flagship red (R280 a bottle) from Bot River property Beaumont and though it seems off the wall, it really works [...]

June 22, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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