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Delaire Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Yesterday being Spring Day and with the temperature in Cape Town nudging 30⁰ C, it seemed only appropriate to crack a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc as an aperitif. There are people who consider it infra dig but I’m not one of them, presuming what’s in the bottle isn’t ultra-green. So what did we opt for? [...]

September 2, 2014
by Christian
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more refined and sophisticated. Colmant Brut Chardonnay Price: R168 Monday 30 January was the [...]

December 3, 2012
by Christian
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Delaire Sauvignon Blanc 2009 vs. The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc 2009

For all the real or perceived shortcomings of Sauvingon Blanc, it works pretty well as an aperitif after a day on the beach. Two highly acclaimed examples recently were the Delaire 2009, which not only placed among the winners of the 2009 Top 10 competition but was also rated 5 Stars in the now defunct [...]

December 31, 2011
by Christian
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2011

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 pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers [...]

December 5, 2011
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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Topical pic: WINE magazine’s Blanc de Noir and Rosé tasting under way

This year’s Blanc de Noir and Rosé tasting to be reported on in the December issue of WINE magazine has attracted 110 submissions compared to 108 in 2009. The panel is Howard Booysen of Howard Booysen Wines, Michael Crossley of Reciprocal Wine Trading Company,  wine writers Angela Lloyd and Fiona McDonald and me. Last year’s [...]

October 5, 2010
by Christian
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