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David Cope: How to name a wine

You’re a winemaker. Now let’s say you’ve made something good. In fact, it’s a cracker. You’ve found some undiscovered vineyard and coaxed it into glory. You’ve harvested the fruit and watched as it developed into something special in the winery. Now all you’ve got to do is come up with a suitable name. Oh, and [...]

February 26, 2015
by David Cope
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David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Let it not be said that I’d never reward a Sauvignon Blanc showing pyrazine character. Last night the David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2011 which placed among the winning wines in the FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Awards of the same year.  Lime as well as asparagus and some herbaceous notes on both the [...]

November 19, 2013
by Christian
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David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2008

“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 really captivating single-variety example. The wine in question? The 2008 under the David Nieuwoudt [...]

January 11, 2013
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Peter Lehmann Margaret Barossa Semillon 2005

On Friday, a workshop conducted by Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius towards a better understanding of Semillon. At the end of 2010, it was the 12th most planted variety in the country with the total area amounting to 1 182.4ha (some 30% of this is planted in the Breedekloof where it’s used to dolly up entry-level [...]

May 22, 2011
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Elim investigated

Yesterday a tasting of all current release Elim wines towards generating a list of recommendations to appear in an article I’m writing for UK magazine Decanter. The venue was Belthazar restaurant at the V&A Waterfront and also involved were John Loubser, cellarmaster at Constantia winery Steenberg and James Pietersen, Platter’s taster and beverage manager for [...]

February 23, 2011
by Christian
with 4 Comments
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