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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
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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

Recipe: Lobster Newburg

Despite the fact that they are visually challenged, crayfish are our favourite form of edible underwater life. But they come with a health warning (cholesterol heaven) and an insane price-tag. Hilda-Honda Duckitt, one of our best-loved early food writers, forked out a measly three-and-sixpence each in the good old days. And Lawrence G Green would [...]

January 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Longridge Clos du Ciel Chardonnay 2013

Stellenbosch property Longridge is enjoying a resurgence under the direction of Jasper Raats. Brother of Bruwer, he brings international experience to bear and is committed to farming biodynamically. His Chardonnay 2013 was top 10 in the Chardonnay Report this year (see here) and yesterday revealed another rendition of the variety which I suspect will quickly [...]

December 11, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Paserene Chardonnay 2013

Vilafonté winemaker Martin Smith has started his own label called Paserene, first release being a Chardonnay 2013 (R300 a bottle). From Elgin fruit, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation before maturation in old oak, lasting 16 months. It’s classically styled with notes of lemon, vanilla, oatmeal and a little spice. Substantial but not overdone with layers [...]

November 13, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments
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