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Cos d’Estournel 2003

Who’s shaping the debate when it comes to wine quality in South Africa? Wine magazine ceased publishing in September 2011 and Platter’s is surely at some kind of crossroads (it’s disconcerting that the 2007 vintage of Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia didn’t even get nominated for 5 Stars in the guide despite taster [...]

January 27, 2014
by Christian
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Marie-Thérèse Chappaz Grain Noble Marsanne Blanche 2009

Towards the end of last year, Vin de Constance 2007 was rated 97 points by Neal Martin on, then the highest score ever awarded to a South African wine. Is it that good? Today a blind tasting hosted by Klein Constantia of local and international benchmark sweet wines and the Vin de Constance showed [...]

January 16, 2013
by Christian
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Idiom 900 Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Robert Parker of and The Wine Advocate has become something of pantomime villain in the world of wine on account of his supposed predilection for wines that are weighty and powerful over those that are subtle and elegant. Things is I’ve tasted some wines highly rated by Parker where I’ve completely concurred with him [...]

February 15, 2011
by Christian
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