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Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Semillon 2011

With the Cape weather not yet mild enough to make Sauvignon Blanc an enticing proposition, I thought I’d opt something rich and textural like a wooded Semillon with a bit of age on it. A 2010 from a leading Constantia producer under cork unfortunately showed premature oxidation and I therefore took no further chances and [...]

August 26, 2015
by Christian
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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2015 results

Results of the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends are now out. 85 entries from 64 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points or higher were as follows: 92 [...]

August 5, 2015
by Christian
with 7 Comments

Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013

There were a few eyebrows raised when the R79-a-bottle Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013 won not only best in class but also best red wine overall at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, emerging ahead of some pretty big names. So what’s the deal? Grapes were sourced predominantly from Cape Agulhas; maturation lasted 12 [...]

June 5, 2015
by Christian
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Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2014

I sometimes despair at how lacklustre the wines of our major producer-wholesaler Distell are  but there’s nothing wrong with the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (approximate retail price: R100 a bottle). Indeed, it’s as fine an example of reductively made, clean and fresh Savvy you could hope to find. From a combination of [...]

November 25, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2012 vs KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2012

South Africa makes cracking botrytised wines but when to drink them? Sweet food with sweet wine is overwhelming all too often and I prefer the notion of pairing savoury foods with these wines, the theory being that the excellent acidities that these wines have will be tempered but not cancelled out by the saltiness of [...]

March 31, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2006 – 2012

In what amounts to a truly remarkable achievement, the last seven vintages of the Noble Late Harvest from Distell-owned Fleur du Cap have been rated 5 Stars in Platter’s and an invitation to attend a vertical tasting was accepted with alacrity. Perhaps the biggest insight for me was that this wine is not specific in [...]

February 20, 2014
by Christian
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Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2013

Just back from the fourth annual Stellenbosch at Summer Place presented by Sanlam Private Investments. 35 wineries showing two wines each – members of Stellenbosch Wine Routes invited to submit wines and these then vetted by the South African Sommeliers Association to determine the final line-up. In addition, food by Bertus Basson of Overture, Michael [...]

October 31, 2013
by Christian
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Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauv Blanc 09 vs. Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauv Blanc Ltd Release 09

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc Limited Release 2009 side by side over the weekend, the former rated 5 Stars in the 2010 edition of Platter’s and the latter among the winners of the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition. Four years on from vintage, there are [...]

March 18, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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