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How does Morgenster stack up against Bordeaux?

At the launch of the Morgenster 2011 yesterday, six wines tasted blind by a gathering of some 50 people from the wine trade and media. Here’s how I ranked them: 1. Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2002 – Second Growth, St Julien Average Wine-searcher.com price: R984 Red and black fruit plus a slight maritime quality. Lovely fruit [...]

April 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Chateau Pontet-Canet 2010

Last night, a tasting of Bordeaux from the much vaunted 2010 vintage hosted by Wine Cellar, the Cape Town-based fine wine merchants and cellarers. Two remarkable wines, the first being newly appointed St-Emilion First Growth Château Angélus, the 2010 rated 98 on the 100-point scale by the influential US critic Robert Parker. With an alcohol [...]

September 26, 2013
by Christian
with 6 Comments

Buitenverwachting Christine 2008

After a line-up of 10 examples of Bordeaux from the 2008 vintage earlier in the evening see here), a bottle of Christine 2008, the Bordeaux-style red blend from Constantia property Buitenverwachting. Just to calibrate. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot, it showed concentrated dark fruit, fresh acidity and firm, [...]

April 12, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Chateau Tour Maillet 2008

Last night, a quick whirl around Bordeaux courtesy of fine wine brokers Wine Cellar based in Observatory, Cape Town. The tasting was blind, scores and brief tasting notes below: Score: 17/20 Tour Maillet, Pomerol (R450) Great concentration of black fruit. Full but balanced. Firm but fine tannins. Very youthful. Plush but not overdone. Lafon Rochet, [...]

April 12, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Topical pic: WINE magazine Bdx-style red blend tasting under way

This year’s Bordeaux-style red blend tasting to be reported on in the September issue of WINE magazine  has attracted 115 submissions compared to 123 in 2009. The panel is myself, Ginette de Fleuriot of Wineworx, Charles Hopkins, winemaker at De Grendell in Durbanville, Bernard Le Roux, winemaker at Noble Hill in Paarl and restarateur Jonathan [...]

July 6, 2010
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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