What I Drank Last Night
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Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2011


In South Africa recently to chair the fourth annual fourth annual Top 100 SA Wine competition, Tim Atkin MW declared himself “slightly underwhelmed” with the Sauvignon Blanc that he encountered. “It seems producers aren’t sure of what style to make. … [Read more...]

First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Summer quaffing.

Though the back label of the First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (R64 a bottle) from Elim cellar Strandveld promises green pepper and asparagus, these are thankfully not too much in evidence. Sauvignon from this part of the world can present as … [Read more...]

David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2008

Surprise, surprise.

“I know that I know nothing” goes the Socratic Paradox and nothing confirms that better than a life spent critiquing wine. No sooner had I professed that Semillon presents better when blended with Sauvignon Blanc (see here), then I encountered a … [Read more...]

First Sighting Shiraz 2008


Judging the Shiraz category at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show last week, I despaired at how many examples seemed overblown with big alcohols (14.5% and up) as well as significant residual sugar. Strandveld in Elim might be attracting attention for … [Read more...]

Elim explored

Cape Agulhas lighthouse.

As featured in the June issue of Decanter: Though lighthouses as aids to navigation are all but redundant due to GPS, the one at Cape Agulhas will surely not fall into complete disrepair, it being the southern tip of Africa’s distinguishing landmark. … [Read more...]

Kloovenburg Shiraz 2008 vs. Zoetendal Shiraz 2008

The long and the short of it.

Two examples of Shiraz, each sitting at different ends of the stylistic spectrum. The Kloovenburg being from the warm Swartland was rich and broad, featuring plenty of dark fruit; the Zoetendal from cool Elim was more medium bodied with red fruit and … [Read more...]