David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2014 was among the 20 finalists in last year’s FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition and rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s so clearly it’s good kit. From Elim grapes, vinfication involved six hours of skin contact and five months of lees contact. The nose […]

January 8, 2016
by Christian
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David Bristow: Time in the Cederberg – then and now

In the early 1980s I was a mad-keen mountaineer and one winter saw me huddled in a tent below the Tafelberg with snow falling. I was an upcountry boytjie back then and totally ill-prepared to endure the climatological illogicalities of the Cape Folded Mountains in September – where I came from it was springtime with […]

May 8, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Let it not be said that I’d never reward a Sauvignon Blanc showing pyrazine character. Last night the David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2011 which placed among the winning wines in the FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Awards of the same year.  Lime as well as asparagus and some herbaceous notes on both the […]

November 19, 2013
by Christian
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Driehoek Shiraz 2010

Driehoek in the Cederberg has been home to the Du Toit family for five generations. They recently undertook wine production, first bottling occurring in 2009 with the accomplished David Nieuwoudt of Cederberg handling things in the cellar. The Shiraz 2010 (price: R155) comes festooned with awards stickers and it’s not difficult to see why. Super-ripe […]

July 16, 2013
by Christian
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David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2008

“I know that I know nothing” goes the Socratic Paradox and nothing confirms that better than a life spent critiquing wine. No sooner had I professed that Semillon presents better when blended with Sauvignon Blanc (see here), then I encountered a really captivating single-variety example. The wine in question? The 2008 under the David Nieuwoudt […]

January 11, 2013
by Christian
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DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009

How easy is it to tell the superlative from the super-quaffer? That was the theme of a social tasting last night. The line-up was tasted blind, my tasting notes and scores as follows: DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009 – Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2011 Intense and complex. Peach, spice and some leesy notes. […]

January 26, 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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Peter Lehmann Margaret Barossa Semillon 2005

On Friday, a workshop conducted by Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius towards a better understanding of Semillon. At the end of 2010, it was the 12th most planted variety in the country with the total area amounting to 1 182.4ha (some 30% of this is planted in the Breedekloof where it’s used to dolly up entry-level […]

May 22, 2011
by Christian
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