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Springfield Méthode Ancienne Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Under cover.

It’s curious how some wines attract cult status while others go largely unsung and the Méthode Ancienne Cabernet Sauvignon from Springfield in Robertson is perhaps one of those that deserve more recognition than it gets. From a vineyard planted in … [Read more...]

Vergenoegd Cabernet Sauvignon 2005


Stellenbosch winery Vergenoegd remains resolutely low profile despite having been bottling wine under own label since 1972 and counting the illustrious Meerlust as its neighbour. The wines are hence never top of mind for me but whenever I do … [Read more...]

Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2004

All grown up.

Judging the Shiraz category with Australian wine industry legend Brian Croser, it was remarkable how reluctant he was to commit to a score for very young wines (2010 and 2011) on account of how primary and unresolved he thought they were, typically … [Read more...]

Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 vs. Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Safe as houses.

Last week, Durbanville Hills’ supermarket Merlot up against its counterpart from Nederburg, which wasn’t a very joyous experience (see here). This time around, the two wineries’ corresponding versions of Cabernet Sauvignon  and proof yet again that … [Read more...]

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1982

Ageing gracefully.

At last year’s Nederburg Auction, a case of six half-bottles of Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1961 fetched R5 500, the equivalent of R1 833 per 750ml bottle. Does old South African red deserve this sort of premium? Yesterday the chance to explore the … [Read more...]

Bertrams Cabernet Sauvignon Superior 1978

Superior then, superior now.

Yesterday Bertrams Cabernet Sauvignon Superior 1978 poured by David Trafford of De Trafford who hoped to demonstrate that South African reds can be age-worthy and the wine didn't let him down. In colour, red with a pale brown rim. A wine of elegance … [Read more...]