What I Drank Last Night
Good Booze. Good Food. Good Company.

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...]

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) : … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Chamonix Troika Reserve 2010

Unsung hero.

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 … [Read more...]

Chamonix Reserve 2011

More about texture than aromatics.

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 … [Read more...]

Chamonix Chardonnay 1999

Old gold.

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 … [Read more...]