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Zonnebloem Pinotage 1975

Golden oldie.

Distell-owned Zonnebloem is apparently enjoying double digit growth year on year as “youngsters” (25 to 30 year olds) connect with the heritage of a brand which has existed since the1940s. How to build on this? For one thing, get hot-shot … [Read more...]

Zonnebloem Lauréat 2010

Spot the difference.

                  Distell are often pretty shameless when it comes to packaging. The Pongrácz bottle, for instance, closely resembles that of iconic Champagne Krug and the … [Read more...]

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1982

Ageing gracefully.

At last year’s Nederburg Auction, a case of six half-bottles of Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1961 fetched R5 500, the equivalent of R1 833 per 750ml bottle. Does old South African red deserve this sort of premium? Yesterday the chance to explore the … [Read more...]

Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2007

Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2007 - another Bordeaux-style red blend with a "dollop of Shiraz".

Zonnebloem Lauréat 2007 is destined to become the stuff of legend after first winning a gold medal in the Bordeaux-style red blend class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and then subsequently disqualified when it was discovered the wine … [Read more...]