What I Drank Last Night
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Cape Point Vineyards Noble Late Harvest 2011


Lunch on Friday at the Cape Point Vineyards restaurant where chef Clayton Bell previously of Constantia Uitsig now cooks. During our meal, winemaker Duncan Savage shared some thoughts on Sauvignon Blanc: “It’s is one of the most commercially … [Read more...]

Cape Point Vineyards Woolworths Exclusive Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012

“Sauvignon Blanc is extremely site specific. Many… are made from grapes grown in areas not wholly suitable, resulting in mediocre wines… (T)his wine is a superb example of a Sauvignon Blanc from the ideal terroir,” reads the back label of Cape Point … [Read more...]

Hermit on the Hill The White Knight 2009

Slayer of dragons.

On Sunday, a blind tasting exploring top-end Sauvignon Blanc. [Please note: This was a informal affair conducted among friends. The scores below are my own.] All wines from the 2009 vintage, all bar the Hermit on the Hill single property wines, some … [Read more...]

Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2009

Power packed.

The opening of some wines is more fraught than others - perhaps I hoped for too much from our bottle of Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2009 last night but it turned out to be vaguely disappointing. 10% barrel fermented and nine months … [Read more...]

Savage Red 2011


Cape Point Vineyards winemaker Duncan Savage has launched his own label, to be known simply as Savage Wines. "Savage by name but not savage by nature,” he says. My tasting notes and scores as follows: Savage White 2012 Price: R180 70% Sauvignon … [Read more...]

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Holy moly.

There is, it has to be said, plenty of boring Sauvignon Blanc about. The punters want clean and fresh and there are plenty of producers willing and able to supply that and no more. Can the variety amount to more? Yesterday a tasting of some random … [Read more...]