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Lourens River Valley 2003

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 namely Lourens River Valley placed among the top 10. A cousin’s 50th birthday [...]

March 3, 2014
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Tokara Director’s Reserve 2010

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 a bottle at the restaurant. “That’s the second-last bottle of a batch I ordered around six [...]

February 28, 2013
by Christian
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Didier Dagueneau Pur Sang Blanc Fumé De Pouilly 2007

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 new book on bubbly at Simonsig and the chance to sample the wares [...]

September 9, 2011
by Christian
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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 for a further 45 days for integration. Was offered the last bottle [...]

November 24, 2010
by Christian
with 4 Comments

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 doctor-turned-winemaker Alvi van der Merwe who recently enlisted former Distell group winemaker [...]

November 24, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments

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 Waterfront and Thys Louw of family farm Diemersdal in Durbanville. To eat, beef carpaccio followed by spaghetti [...]

September 16, 2010
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Hermit on the Hill Syrah 2007

Judging of the 231 entries submitted for this year’s WINE magazine Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition is set to run over three days at parent company Ramsaymedia’s offices in Pinelands. The panel completed the first batch of 78 wines at 14h45 this afternoon, way too late to head for a plate of spaghetti vongole at [...]

September 7, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Chateau Duhart-Milon 1996

In addition to Friday being the commencement of World Cup 2010, it was also the first birthday of our daughter Zöe. What more excuse for a celebratory lunch? “She turns one and mum and dad decide to have a feast,” as our waitress at Magica Roma in Pinelands observed. Well, yes. The intention was to [...]

June 13, 2010
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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