What I Drank Last Night
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David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Towards the greener end of the spectrum.

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 … [Read more...]

Driehoek Shiraz 2010

Not angular.

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 … [Read more...]

David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2008

Surprise, surprise.

“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 … [Read more...]

DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009

A cracker.

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 … [Read more...]

2011 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition: Results

FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Logo

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 … [Read more...]

Peter Lehmann Margaret Barossa Semillon 2005

Top Aussie Sem. And it's not from Hunter Valley...

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 … [Read more...]