What I Drank Last Night
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Diemersdal Shiraz 2013

Serviceable.

Supper last night at The Local Grill in Woodstock, an affiliate of Parktown North operation that has won the The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships two years running. My Greenfields free-range 300g sirloin with shoestring chips (R169) and Bearnaise … [Read more...]

Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Wowza.

Just when it appeared Klein Constantia were running away with the game when it comes to top-end Sauvignon Blanc, Thys Louw of Diemersdal produces an a superlative Eight Rows 2014 (R130 a bottle). It’s a complex but elusive wine. Guava, lime, white … [Read more...]

Diemersdal Grüner Veltliner 2013

Guten tag.

Why Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s signature white wine grape? “Because I personally like it,” says Thys Louw of Durbanville property Diemersdal. And so 3ha of vineyard were established in 2009,  the first and only plantings in the country, with the … [Read more...]

Diemersdal MM Louw Estate Red 2011

Smashing.

Top red from Durbanville? Not that surprising when you consider that supposedly the greatest red wines ever made in South Africa, the 1966 and 1968 vintages of GS Cabernet, originated from here. Yesterday the 2011 vintage of Diemersdal MM Louw … [Read more...]

Diemersdal MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Singular.

Yesterday over lunch with Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, the current release of his flagship white, the MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (R165 a bottle). The wine contains 7% Semillon and was fermented and matured for 10 months in 500-litre French oak … [Read more...]

Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Woo hoo.

Judging for this year’s Concours Mondial du Sauvignon took place at the end of April so surprising, to say the least, that any wine from vintage 2013 should feature.  This is, after all, a variety that is supposedly more prone to bottle shock than … [Read more...]