What I Drank Last Night
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Stellenzicht Semillon Reserve 2009

In memoriam.

At a lunch hosted by Stellenzicht on Friday, a chance to re-visit the Semillon Reserve 2009 (R100 a bottle). It showed form early on – I nominated this for 5 Stars in the 2012 edition of Platter’s but it ended up on 4½ Stars after it wasn’t endorsed … [Read more...]

The North Coast wine scene

Wine by Portugal, ice-bucket by SA.

Just back from a family holiday to the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast and I was reminded once again how fragile the domestic wine culture is. Wine lists in restaurants are typically short and dominated by the fare offered by big distributors – it seemed … [Read more...]

Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Rock solid.

It’s hard not to view Stellenbosch cellar Alto as a victim of its own success. Take the red blend known as Rouge. Just under 400 000 litres produced annually, selling for R75 a bottle from the tasting room but often marked down by retailers to R55 a … [Read more...]

Alto Shiraz 2011


A bit like when your favourite indie band signs with a major record company, Stellenbosch property Alto lost a lot of its mystique when it came to be owned by Lusan Premium Wines (a joint venture between German financier Hans Schrieber and Distell). … [Read more...]

Dombeya Fenix 2009

Big bird.

With the 2009 vintage, the Bordeaux-style red blend from Dombeya Wines owned by American businessman Preston Haskell changes name from Altus to Fenix, this the result of a legal challenge brought by producer-wholesaler Distell on the basis that … [Read more...]

Earthbound Organic Chenin Blanc 2013

Warm fuzzies.

Cape Legends, the fine wine division of producer-wholesaler Distell, recently relaunched its Tukulu range of wines produced on Papkuilsfontein in Darling as Earthbound with Fairtrade certification – for every bottle that is sold, R6.50 is re-invested … [Read more...]