What I Drank Last Night
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Hillock Mile High Non-vintage

For the thrill of it.

Our daughter Zoë Mathilda Eedes was born on 11 June 2009 and the wine of her birth year I’m backing to serve at her 21st birthday is the Cape Vintage Reserve Port from Calitzdorp winery De Krans. But we all know the Klein Karoo produces good … [Read more...]

De Krans Moscato Perlé 2013


How to attract younger consumers who are not tied to the traditions that usually govern wine? De Krans in Calitzdorip has launched a Moscato Perlé 2013 – light (only 9% alcohol), sweet, softly fizzy, under screwcap and only R30 a bottle.  It’s bound … [Read more...]

De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008

All conquering.

The Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008 from Calitzdorp producer De Krans comes festooned with stickers including one announcing its 5-Star rating in the 2011 edition of Platter’s. Of course, it shouldn’t be broached for a long while yet, but another … [Read more...]

De Krans Vintage Reserve Port 2005

No fuzzy edges.

It always strikes me as unfortunate when a table wine showing over-ripe or dead fruit gets described as “porty” as I think it does an injustice to well-made Port – raisined character is just as problematic on fortified wine as it is on unfortified. … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2011

Keermont Terrasse 2010

Below are my dozen best wines for 2011. To appear on the list, they had to be from South Africa and in general circulation. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking … [Read more...]