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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2013

Gimme Hope Jo'anna.

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 … [Read more...]

Momento Grenache 2011

Genuine article.

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, … [Read more...]

Ugly ducklings, swans and Chenin Blanc

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“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 … [Read more...]

Topical pic: South Africa vs. New Zealand and lunch with Sebastian Beaumont

Beaumont winemaker 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 … [Read more...]

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Barrel Matured Chenin Blanc 2004

A keeper.

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 … [Read more...]