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Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Cultural artifact.

As part of the “Driving Cabernet” Day at Ernie Els Wines yesterday, a benchmarking exercise involving the three examples of the variety to be rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2014 against three international counterparts. The locals were Ernie Els … [Read more...]

A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2010

Wild thing.

The Red 2010 from Swartland producer A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines was nominated for 5 Stars but ultimately not endorsed but then the same fate befell Ernie Els CWG Aucition Reserve 2011 and Sadie Family Columella 2011 to name two other … [Read more...]

2013 CWG Auction wines rated

Decent kit.

The 29th annual Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at Spier in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 5 October. There are 58 wines on auction, specifically 35 reds, 18 whites, two Méthode Cap Classique, one sweet wine, a Port and a potstill brandy making … [Read more...]

Ernie Els Signature 2007

Cosmetically enhanced.

It seems fair to say that Ernie Els Signature was always intended to be a cult wine with it named after a top professional golfer, positioned at the very top of the local market and made in a powerful, weighty style. Does it work? Over the weekend, … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Profoundly good.

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 … [Read more...]

Ernie Els 2003

Hole in one.

After the disappointment of Capaia 2003 (see previous post), I wanted to prove that wines made to have greater weight and substance can succeed, the trick as always being if the winemaker achieves balance, too. Whatever else you might say about … [Read more...]