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Tim James: More on the great Chardonnay scandal

Having last week mentioned the great chardonnay scandal of the 1980s (see here), it occurred to me that some people might like to know a little more about an episode that in some ways captures crucial essences of Cape wine in the dour times of apartheid, isolation and KWV rule. Of course, there are also […]

April 25, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: On old-vine Chardonnay and SA’s murky wine history

There are remarkably few old chardonnay vines in the Cape. On her old-vine website, viticulturist Rosa Kruger lists just one block over 35 years old: less than three hectares, planted in Stellenbosch in 1975; and Rosa isn’t quite sure if that still survives – she’s following it up now. In fact, there’s even more old-vine […]

April 18, 2016
by Tim James
with 7 Comments

James Pietersen: SA vs Rest of World Chardonnay tasting

Last year saw the “Great Syrah Challenge” take place at Lismore Estate Vineyards in Greyton, an exercise which saw some of South Africa’s top examples of Syrah pitched against top international wines, the latter line-up put together by Tim Atkin MW. South Africa fared well (see here) and it was decided to do similar tasting […]

March 24, 2016
by James Pietersen
with 2 Comments

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
with 2 Comments

De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay 2006

From the Nederburg Auction preview tasting: Many of the examples of yesterday’s Chardonnay, while unquestionably good, were made in a pretty flashy style – ripe fruit, lots of lees contact, lots of oak. The Site 2006 from Robertson producer De Wetshof stood apart for its restraint. Lime and lemon and the first, entirely pleasant signs […]

July 22, 2015
by Christian
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Longridge Clos du Ciel 2013

So Clos du Ciel Chardonnay 2013 from Longridge is launched and will cost R530 a bottle from Wine Cellar, continuing the dramatic premiumisation of this category (last year Uva Mira 2013 was launched at R600 a bottle and recently Capensis came onto the market at R935). I got a sneak preview of the wine in […]

February 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Recipe: Charred tuna with spuds, tomatoes & green beans

Once upon a time, the oceans were filled with an abundance of fish, and we could have our fill any time we chose. But all fairytales must end, and it’s getting harder and harder to find fish that is both at the peak of perfection (“fresh” in fish-speak) and on the SASSI green list – […]

February 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Capensis Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday the launch of a new ultra-premium Chardonnay, the product of a joint venture between Barbara Banke of US wine company Jackson Family Wines and Anthony Beck of Graham Beck Wines. Viticulturist is Rosa Kruger and winemaker Graham Weerts, who started out at DGB but was lured to the States by the late Jess Jackson […]

January 21, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 6 Comments
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