What I Drank Last Night
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Strandveld The Navigator 2012

Land ahoy!

Elim may be maritime but it’s still pretty close to the equator as winemaking regions go. It’s latitude is 34.6⁰ S compared to 45⁰ N for Hermitage, and  this being the case, perhaps blends are more likely to provide complexity than single-variety … [Read more...]

Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle Rouge 2007

New wave.

Today a technical workshop focusing on the Rhône Valley sponsored by François Frères Tonnellierie and winemaking equipment supplier Wine Machinery. Guest speakers were Jacques Desvernois, technical director of Paul Jaboulet Aîne, renowned in … [Read more...]

The Great Pork Belly Party – the whites


Lunch was to be slow roasted pork belly and guests were required to provide wines accordingly. The wines were tasted blind before the meal was served, and here are my tasting notes and scores: 1. E. Guigal Hermitage Blanc 1993 Complex nose showing … [Read more...]

Guigal Hermitage 1997 vs. Clos Mogador 1994


6 August was my late father’s birthday and since his death in 2008 sees the Eedes family gather to celebrate his memory. For dinner, a selection of gourmet sausage from Newlands delicatessen Gogo’s. The hearty food demanded wines of substance and so … [Read more...]