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Raats Family Wines wins Sylvain barrel

Best wine overall at the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine was the MR de Compostella and the prize for producing this a new top-of-range 225-litre Grande Reserve Château Tradition barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain valued at €855 (equivalent to R11 885 at the current exchange rate). De Compostella is made in the Raats Family Wines cellar […]

August 6, 2015
by Christian
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The Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2015

The fourth annual Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 of South Africa’s most high-profile examples, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point scale were as follows: 93 […]

May 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 8 Comments

Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2013

Do punters give a damn about “green” issues? They should… Year five of the Nedbank Green Wine Awards, which I  helped conceptualise back in 2009 as editor of Wine magazine along with  my wife Jane, then marketing manager of the publication and Greg Garden, currently group brand executive of Nedbank. This year’s results (full coverage […]

October 17, 2013
by Christian
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Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2012: Top 10 Wines

The second annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Investments 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 Jordan Barrel Fermented […]

October 3, 2012
by Christian
with 6 Comments

2012 Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide: CE’s top wines

The 2012 edition of the Best Value Wine Guide sponsored by Ultra Liquors is now available. In order to be included in the book, wines must firstly sell for not more than R60 a bottle and then had to receive a rating of 2½ Stars or better on being tasted by a panel – there […]

October 25, 2011
by Christian
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Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2008

A tasting of ten examples of Viognier, the line-up including wines that have come to the fore in one context or another as among the best in category. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Using Riedel […]

April 28, 2011
by Christian
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Is SA Chenin Blanc really that good?

I’m still waiting for my April issue of Decanter to arrive in the letter box, but a recent posting on A Word from the Herd, the Fairview Wine blog alerted me to a tasting report in the UK magazine that is going to upset many local Chenin Blanc producers. Out of 155 wines tasted, Fairview’s […]

March 10, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007

When the recent Big 5 Tasting which saw five local wine producers go head to head with top French doppelgängers took place, there was no Chardonnay module. The question was put to organiser Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events why this was, and he proffered that South Africa didn’t have anything to touch Burgundy. While […]

December 14, 2010
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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