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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...]

Beaumont Vitruvian 2008

Non-conformist.

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 … [Read more...]

Topical pic: South Africa vs. New Zealand and lunch with Sebastian Beaumont

Beaumont winemaker Sebastian Beaumont

Difficult to concentrate on work when national side the Proteas is playing in a Cricket World Cup semi-final. As I was sneaking out for a lunch-time burger at local restaurant Drew's on Durban, an unexpected call from Sebastian Beaumont of … [Read more...]