2016 CWG Auction wines rated

The 32nd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 1 October. There are 52 wines on offer and I attended a blind tasting held for the media yesterday. Ratings as follows: 96 Sijnn Wines /awa 2014 (David Trafford) WO Malgas. 62% Syrah, 38% Mourvèdre. Very fragrant aromatics […]

September 20, 2016
by Christian
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Cab vs Cab blends

Last night’s Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting explored the topic of Cabernet Sauvignon vs Cabernet Sauvignon blends. Presented by Louis Strydom of Ernie Els Wines, the intention was to remind everybody of the greatness of the variety, even though plantings locally are in decline. Four flights of three tasted blind as follows (my scores in […]

June 10, 2016
by Christian
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Two new Cape Winemakers Guild members announced

The two new Cape Winemakers Guild members were announced earlier today: Sebastian Beaumont of Beaumont Family Wines and Carl van der Merwe of DeMorgenzon, bringing the membership count to 48 for 2016. .Miles Mossop, winemaker at Tokara, is the new chairman, taking over from Andries Burger of Paul Cluver Estate.      

December 15, 2015
by Christian
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Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2015 sales figures

Sales at the 31th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction held yesterday amounted to R11 815 800 for 2 589 cases compared to R11 929 600 for 2 853 cases in 2013, average price per case amounting to R4 599, an increase of almost 10% year on year (average price per bottle being R767). Tsogo Sun was the biggest buyer […]

October 4, 2015
by Christian
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SA vs Loire Chenin Blanc

Are we making the most of Chenin Blanc? It may seem a strange question to ask at a point when the variety is receiving the most positive media coverage it has done in the past 20 years but that was the precisely the theme of a recent Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting presented by Niels […]

September 7, 2015
by Christian
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The Drift Gift Horse Barbera 2013

“Innovation and diversity” are apparently what the line-up of the upcoming Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction signifies but I beg to differ. Chardonnay from Jordan, Cabernet Sauvignon from Le Riche, Merlot and Shiraz from Schultz of Hartenberg and Pinotage from both Truter of Beryerskloof and Beeslaar of Kanonkop is about as safe as you could […]

August 24, 2015
by Christian
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2015 CWG Auction wines rated

The 31th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 3 October 2015. The line-up comprises a total of 55 different wines (34 red wines, 17 white wines, three Méthode Cap Classiques and a straw wine) and I recently attended a sighted pre-auction tasting. Stand-out wines as follows: […]

August 17, 2015
by Christian
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Waterford Estate Auction Reserve 2005

Wines made for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction often get criticised for being overdone but the Waterford Estate Auction Reserve 2005 drunk last night was looking marvellous. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Malbec, it was matured for 23 months in French oak, no indication given by the CWG site as […]

February 7, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments
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