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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2014

There are a few South African wines which, regardless of vintage or particular rating, have become crucial reference points – Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh, Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay and Kanonkop Pinotage, for instance. Though the Beaumonts of Bot River go about their business in a quiet and unassuming way, their Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc is [...]

September 17, 2015
by Christian
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SA vs Loire Chenin Blanc

Are we making the most of Chenin Blanc? It may seem a strange question to ask at a point when the variety is receiving the most positive media coverage it has done in the past 20 years but that was the precisely the theme of a recent Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting presented by Niels [...]

September 7, 2015
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011

There was some debate about how long to age SA white wines earlier in the week (see here) and this prompted me to open some wines no longer in the first flush of youth. First Vuurberg White 2010 next to the 2011, the Chenin-led blend made by Donovan Rall from mostly Stellenbosch but some Swartland [...]

March 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2013

The 2013 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc from Beaumont in Bot River is an interesting proposition. It’s firmly into off-dry territory with a residual sugar of 7.3g/l (compared to 5.g/l for the splendid 2012) and it definitely has a sun-kissed quality about it – it’s rich and positively bursting with fruit including guava, lemon, [...]

June 12, 2014
by Christian
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Momento Grenache 2011

Last night “Young Guns III”, a tasting hosted by Cape Town  merchants and cellarers Wine Cellar and featuring winemakers who are “pushing the boundaries, flouting convention and embracing ‘natural’ winemaking”. Marelise Jansen van Rensberg, winemaker at Beaumont in Bot River, particularly impressed. The Hope Marguerite 2012 from Chenin Blanc grown on the Beaumont property is [...]

June 13, 2013
by Christian
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Ugly ducklings, swans and Chenin Blanc

“Is it really possible to sell Chenin at R195 a bottle?” asked Tinus Els, cellarmaster of L’Avenir of Wendy Appelbaum, owner of DeMorgenzon at the “Summer Chenin Showcase” put on by the Chenin Blanc Association yesterday. 22 wines in a variety of styles including the DeMorgenzon Reserve 2006, with a suggested price of, yes, five [...]

October 12, 2012
by Christian
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Topical pic: South Africa vs. New Zealand and lunch with Sebastian Beaumont

Difficult to concentrate on work when national side the Proteas is playing in a Cricket World Cup semi-final. As I was sneaking out for a lunch-time burger at local restaurant Drew’s on Durban, an unexpected call from Sebastian Beaumont of family-owned Bot River winery Beaumont. The 2010 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc (increasingly well [...]

March 25, 2011
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Barrel Matured Chenin Blanc 2004

In a masterstroke of brevity, the back label of Hope Marguerite Barrel Matured Chenin Blanc 2004 from Bot River winery Beaumont describes it as “Toasted almonds, rich and rounded”. Drinking it just about seven years on from vintage, the wine is all these things and more: a classic wet-wool note on the nose and then [...]

January 4, 2011
by Christian
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