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How well do SA’s white wines mature?

“Why are top-end red wines so much more expensive than white wines when they essentially cost the same to produce?” was the question posed by acclaimed Swartland winemaker Eben Sadie before yesterday’s tasting of seven local whites 10 years or older convened by South African Sommelier Association. “We’re all inclined both to spend more on […]

October 16, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: SA legends vs the world

A most remarkable tasting was held in Cape Town last Friday evening. Some 15 people paid quite a bit of money to sit down at a table at Aubergine restaurant and work though five pairs of wines – one South African and one foreign in each pair. The oldest two wines were from 1948, the […]

July 27, 2015
by Tim James
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De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay 2006

From the Nederburg Auction preview tasting: Many of the examples of yesterday’s Chardonnay, while unquestionably good, were made in a pretty flashy style – ripe fruit, lots of lees contact, lots of oak. The Site 2006 from Robertson producer De Wetshof stood apart for its restraint. Lime and lemon and the first, entirely pleasant signs […]

July 22, 2015
by Christian
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De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday the bi-annual Celebration of Chardonnay hosted by Robertson property De Wetshof took place with renowned wine writer Andrew Jefford making the keynote address. He spoke of Chardonnay as a variety which “loves to travel” – retaining its basic varietal character but because of its site sympathy acquiring singularity wherever it is grown. He went […]

November 1, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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De Wetshof Pinot Noir Brut 2008

Served as an aperitif before the launch of the top-end, Merlot-driven Thibault 2009 yesterday, De Wetshof Pinot Noir Brut 2008 (R190 a bottle) pretty much stole the show for me. It’s elegant and sophisticated – subtle red cherry and brioche, a fine mousse and a bone-dry finish. It seems really carefully considered on the part […]

March 20, 2013
by Christian
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Louis Michel Thibault 2009

Robertson property De Wetshof, famed for its various versions of Chardonnay, has gone all in with a top-end red, Louis Michel Thibault 2009 (after the French architect who designed some of the Cape’s more noteworthy 18th and 19th century buildings). It’s a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, matured for 18 months in […]

March 20, 2013
by Christian
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Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2010

On Friday, the biannual Celebration of Chardonnay held by Robertson estate De Wetshof. A formal tasting of 15 leading examples followed by lunch prepared by Garth Stroebel and his team from the SA Chefs Academy during which Peter Veldsman was presented with the Golden Vine  Award by Danie and Lesca De Wet in recognition of […]

November 12, 2012
by Christian
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De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2010

Unwooded Chardonnay is an emerging category and the Limestone Hill 2012 in the Danie de Wet range from De Wetshof in Robertson (R68 a bottle from the tasting room) is a pretty smart example, bursting with pure citrus. It won silver (equivalent to a score of 16 on the 20 point scale) at this year’s […]

October 22, 2012
by Christian
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