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Stellenrust Douwe Steyn 2009

A chance visit to Stellenrust in Stellenbosch today provided the opportunity to taste the Douwe Steyn 2009, another extraordinary example of Cabernet Sauvignon from this district. Grapes come from bush vines planted in 1942 and the wine was matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new. It’s wonderfully detailed with notes of red fruit, [...]

August 20, 2015
by Christian
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Eikendal Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – 2013

Is it possible to make too perfect a wine? Nico Grobler has been senior winemaker at Eikendal since 2009 and recently showed a vertical of his five Cab vintages which have been released to date. Grobler is an advocate of berry sugar loading as espoused by Alain Delloire, professor of viticulture at the University of [...]

August 15, 2015
by Christian
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Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday I presented a tasting for five novice wine enthusiasts. Three pairs of wines chosen to be as stylistically as far apart as possible: Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2014 vs Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2010, Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013 and Knorhoek Pantére Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vs Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon [...]

July 30, 2015
by Christian
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Middelvlei Cabernet Sauvignon 1989

From the Nederburg Auction preview tasting: An unexpected gem in yesterday’s line-up was the Cabernet Sauvignon 1989 from Stellenbosch property Middelvlei. Good colour, the core still black and the rim red. Cassis, violets and forest floor on the nose. Lean but not too lean on the palate with bright acidity and a pleasantly austere finish. [...]

July 22, 2015
by Christian
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Cabernet Sauvignon Public Tasting – Cape Town

Please join Winemag.co.za for an informative seated tasting of some the top performing wines in the Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2015. The tasting will be presented by Eedes along with Waterford cellarmaster Kevin Arnold and Le Riche winemaker Christo le Riche. Wines included in the line-up: De Trafford 2012 Graham Beck The Coffeestone 2013 [...]

June 8, 2015
by Christian
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Cabernet Sauvignon Public Tasting – Johannesburg

Please join Winemag.co.za for an informative seated tasting of some the top performing wines in the Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2015. The tasting will be presented by Eedes along with Waterford cellarmaster Kevin Arnold and Nederburg red winemaker Samuel Viljoen. Wines included in the line-up: De Trafford 2012 Graham Beck The Coffeestone 2013 La [...]

June 2, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Thinking about Cabernet and Cinsaut

I had an interesting discussion at the Neil Ellis winery last Friday, waiting for the start of a tasting (including a new, fine and expensive wine called Webb Ellis 2010 – of which more some other time). In the first place, the chat involved me being a little more gung-ho about Stellenbosch wine in general [...]

June 1, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

The Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2015

The fourth annual Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point scale were as follows: 93 Waterford Estate 2012 Wine [...]

May 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 6 Comments
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