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

Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay 2013

Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum.

The small cellar on Hemelrand, the Hemel en Aarde Ridge property owned by Hans and Mary Anne Evenhuis, really is an astonishing centre of wine excellence at the moment. Not only is it the official home of Alheit Vineyards but it’s where John Seccombe … [Read more...]

Litigo Pinot Noir 2012

Notice has been served.

Eben van Wyk, a partner at intellectual property law firm Spoor & Fisher, has started his own label in the form of Litigo, his first wine being a Pinot Noir 2012. Grapes come from one site in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and another in … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2013


Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2013. Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012 Made from a Rawsonville Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1972. Along with Opstal Carl Everson 2012, emphatic proof that excellence can be had from the “other side … [Read more...]

Crystallum Bona Fide Pinot Noir 2012

One for the purists.

The latest releases from Crystallum as made by Peter-Allan Finlayson. Of particular interest, he has a new Pinot Noir called Bona Fide, which I think is up there with Seven Flags 2010 from Paul Cluver as one of the best examples in the … [Read more...]

Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2012


On the eve of my departure to the Loire to judge Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2013, supper with my wife Jane at the newly opened Frères Bistro on Hans Strijdom Avenue in town. For mains, she had the sirloin with Café de Paris butter and I the pork … [Read more...]

Best wines of 2010: CE’s choice

Sijnn 2007: Out of the box.

Below is a list of my 10 best wines for 2010. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers that I … [Read more...]