Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2014: Top 10 wines

The fourth annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Wealth 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. The top 10 wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Hartenberg The Eleanor […]

October 17, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2011

Does local Pinot Noir benefit from a sympathy vote? Make a halfway decent wine from this perennially difficult grape and your ratings get bumped up disproportionately it very often seems to me. Last night the Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 from Chamonix, which rated 5 Stars in the 2011 edition of Platter’s. It showed red cherry, […]

July 16, 2014
by Christian
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Hermit on the Hill The White Knight 2009

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 single variety and others Sauvignon-dominated blends, some unwooded and others wooded. What insights? […]

October 15, 2013
by Christian
with 6 Comments

2013 TAJ Classic Wine Trophy

Results of the French judged and TAJ, Cape Town hotel sponsored Classic Wine Trophy Awards 2013 just out. There were 298 entries and trophies were given for best in category (a tie in the case of more than one wine of the same variety/style) : Taj Hotel Classic Wine Trophy 2013 Overall Winner Chamonix White […]

March 9, 2013
by Christian
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Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2009

Is local Pinot Noir so irresistibly sexy that everyone, critics and punters alike, can’t think straight when confronted by it? On Friday, the Reserve 2009 from Chamonix in Franschhoek, nominated but not endorsed as worthy of 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011 and a silver medal winner at the 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. On […]

February 18, 2013
by Christian
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Chamonix Troika Reserve 2010

A tasting at Chamonix in Franschhoek on Friday but what to add that hasn’t been said already? It’s winery of the year in the current edition of Platter’s and Greywacke Pinotage 2010, Pinot Noir Reserve 2011, Chardonnay Reserve 2011 and White Reserve 2011 were all rated 5 Stars. Winemaker Gottfried Mocke manages the rare feat […]

February 4, 2013
by Christian
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Chamonix Reserve 2011

Last night a look at a new white wine from Chamonix in Franschhoek.  A blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, it spent 11 months in 228-litre French oak barrels, 50% new. Labelled simply as Reserve 2011, cellar door price is R145 a bottle. There’s a slight vanilla quality on an otherwise shy nose […]

October 11, 2012
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Chamonix Chardonnay 1999

Last night an informal dinner for 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judges at Marc’s restaurant in Paarl. A mix-and-match approach to food and wine, with some judges bringing special bottles to share with colleagues. Main-course menu options included pan-fried Kabeljou, Wildebeest Wellington style and trio of butternut – gratin, carpaccio and risotto. After a […]

May 11, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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