What I Drank Last Night
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De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2007


“Sauvignon Blanc gets drunk too young,” is an oft-heard lament from winemakers who champion the grape. Having recently tried the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2009, which caused me to think it hadn’t been drunk young enough, a bottle of the even older … [Read more...]

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2010

The view from the De Grendel cellar.

Yesterday a workshop to discuss the way forward for Sauvignon Blanc hosted by Charles Hopkins, cellarmaster of Durbanville property De Grendel. Broadly speaking, three basic styles which can be labeled due to the dominant aromatic and flavour … [Read more...]

Nitida Club Select Sauvignon Blanc 2011


Yesterday at tasting to “celebrate and explore” some of the wines of Durbaville to have won awards this year. The ward’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means it really can claim cool climate growing conditions and as a result the wines are … [Read more...]

De Grendel Shiraz 2010

In the first bloom of youth.

De Grendel Shiraz 2010, winner of a gold medal and the international judges’ trophy at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012, selling for R85.99 from Ultra Liquors? Ship it in. Despite a relatively hefty alcohol by volume of 14.63%, it presents as … [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...]

Cordoba CWG Cabernet Franc/Merlot 1998 vs. Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1998

Which of these two wines is "optimally ripe"?

Not wishing to be overly dramatic, I nevertheless suspect the recent “IBMP tasting” at De Grendel will go down as a pivotal moment in how top-end reds are assessed among local critics. Here it emerged that many of those actively involved in passing … [Read more...]