What I Drank Last Night
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Lourens River Valley 2003

A keeper.

The motivation behind the 10 Year Old Wine Awards instituted last year was to explore the age-worthiness of South African reds and out of 73 wines from the 2003 vintage entered, both the Morgenster and the second-label from the Somerset West property … [Read more...]

Tokara Director’s Reserve 2010

Good with pasta.

For lunch yesterday, a quick linguine vongole at Magica Roma in Pinelands paired with Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend Tokara Director’s Reserve 2010, a wine I’ve previously rated 18/20 (see here) and selling for the not exactly exorbitant sum of R250 … [Read more...]

Didier Dagueneau Pur Sang Blanc Fumé De Pouilly 2007

Thoroughbred.

Wednesday was one of those crazy days that life in the wine industry occasionally throws you: In the morning, a line-up of 51 unwooded examples of Chenin Blanc for Veritas. In the evening, the launch of Celebrating Méthode Cape Classique, Di Kruger’s … [Read more...]

Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2001

Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2001

Lourens River Valley 2001 from Morgenster is a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and  5% Cabernet Franc. The individual varieties were aged per clone for 15 months in French oak, 100% new and once blended, the wine was returned to barrels … [Read more...]

Alvi’s Drift Premium Selection Chardonnay Viognier 2008

Alvi’s Drift Premium Selection Chardonnay Viognier 2008

The Alvi’s Drift range of wines from the Worcester farm Alfalfa owned by the Van der Merwe family is worth keeping an eye on. There are 350ha of vineyard on this 5 000ha property and own label production dates from 2002 driven by … [Read more...]

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2007

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2007

After completing a review of 131 local white blends on behalf of WINE magazine yesterday, off to Magica Roma in Pinelands for lunch with fellow panellists James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants at the V&A … [Read more...]