What I Drank Last Night
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Oremus Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2005

Da business.

The South African Sommelier Association, formed in 2010 “to help uplift and promote the service of wine in South Africa”, holds regular benchmark tastings for its members. Yesterday, sweet wines of the world, 14 wines roughly divided by production … [Read more...]

Delheim Grand Reserve 2006

Stately.

I’ve tended to be unimpressed with Stellenbosch reds from the 2006 vintage – most appearing slight and gawky but Grand Reserve 2006 from Delheim over the weekend proved to be lovely. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot, it was matured … [Read more...]

Delheim Vera Cruz Shiraz 2009

Polished.

The Vera Cruz Shiraz 2009 from Delheim in Stellenbosch rates 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013. It was made by Brenda van Niekerk who was replaced by Reg Holder at the beginning of the year and Holder was keen to get some feedback on where he wants to take … [Read more...]

Muratie Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2009

In honour of the family patriarch.

Stellenbosch is supposedly “Cab country” but turn off the R44 heading towards Wellington onto Knorhoek Road and  it’s the Shiraz which really seems to shine. Carl van der Merwe used to make an outstanding version at Quoin Rock before his move to … [Read more...]

Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I recall that on joining Wine magazine back in March 2000, one of the wines causing a stir at the time was the maiden vintage Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 on the basis of a rating of 4½ Stars, as reported on in the category tasting that appeared … [Read more...]

Delheim Spatzendreck 2008

Delheim Spatzendreck 2008

Just learnt that the man behind Stellenbosch winery Delheim and doyen of the industry, Michael “Spatz” Sperling celebrates his 80th birthday on Monday 19 July 2010. Sperling arrived in South Africa in 1951 to help Hans Hoheisen, husband of  his … [Read more...]