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Absa Perold Cape Blend Competition 2014 winners

This year, the Absa Perold Cape Blend Competition attracted 41 entries and the winners were announced earlier today. My notes and scores as follows: Top Five Blake’s Amethyst 2011 45% Shiraz, 35% Pinotage and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Cherries, some floral fragrance and chocolate. Juciy, rich and full with soft tannins. 88/100 Clos Malverne Spirit of [...]

September 5, 2014
by Christian
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Clos Malverne MCC Ellie 2011

“White makes you think of silly things, red wine makes you talk of silly things but bubbly makes you do silly things,” says Suzanne Coetzee, winemaker at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch. Nothing too silly happened at the launch of the first ever Clos Malverne Méthode Cap Classique. Called Ellie in honour of the mother of [...]

November 22, 2013
by Christian
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Clos Malverne Auret 2010 vs. Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve 2010

Clos Malverne has for me always been one of those second-tier properties in Stellenbosch which makes satisfactory but not completely enthralling wines. Suzanne Coetzee took over as winemaker in October 2010 and it’s going to be interesting to see if she shakes things up – she got off to a good start with her Sauvignon [...]

July 24, 2012
by Christian
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2011 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition: Results

The winning wines in this year’s FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition are as follows: Bergsig Woolworths [WHAT]? 2011 Woolworths price: R39.95 100% Breedekloof. Somewhat shy on the nose but the palate shows intense lime flavour and bright acidity while the palate is long and very dry. Made in a lean, racy style. Drink now [...]

November 4, 2011
by Christian
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Beyerskloof Faith 2008

A tasting of ten examples of red blends featuring Pinotage, 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 Groot Constantia winemaker Boela Gerber and  James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s [...]

June 1, 2011
by Christian
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Clos Malverne Sophia Limited Release 2008

Clos Malverne owner Seymour Pritchard says that when winemaker Charl Coetzee informed him towards the end of last year that he was considering a move to Babylonstoren, the Paarl winery owned by Naspers CEO Koos Bekker, he quickly realised making a counter-offer was pointless, much as he might like to have retained Coetzee’s services. Gone [...]

March 24, 2011
by Christian
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