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Zonnebloem Lauréat 2012

Although the faux Petrus label will always get me, the 2012 vintage of Zonnebloem Lauréat is actually pretty decent stuff. It’s a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot plus an unconventional 5% Shiraz and 5% Mourvèdre; maturation lasted 14 months in French and Hungarian oak, a combination of first- and [...]

July 1, 2015
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Pinotage 1975

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 industrial designer Haldane Martin to develop a range of merchandising units for restaurants and bars [...]

April 11, 2014
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Lauréat 2010

                  Distell are often pretty shameless when it comes to packaging. The Pongrácz bottle, for instance, closely resembles that of iconic Champagne Krug and the Desiderius Pongrácz that of Louis Roederer Cristal. Now the Zonnebloem flagship Lauréat label gets a make-over and where do the designers seek [...]

September 3, 2012
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1982

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 age-worthiness of Zonnebloem Cab, the line-up including 1964, 1974, 1982, 1995, 2000 and [...]

February 1, 2012
by Christian
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Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2007

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 contained a “dollop of Shiraz” (read more here). That the wine was stripped of [...]

June 17, 2010
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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