What I Drank Last Night
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The Foundry Roussanne 2010

Shaping up nicely.

Roussanne’s chief attributes are supposedly its aroma of herbs and wild flowers as well as its ability to age gracefully. Last night the 2010 vintage from The Foundry, own label of Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams, and the nose wasn't that striking … [Read more...]

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 1975

Regal.

On the Sunday afternoon prior to the start of judging for the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the traditional “Old Wines Tasting”. One of the wines of the line-up was the Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 1975. Great colour – dark red with a pale rim, still … [Read more...]

The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2012

Precision engineered.

Lunch at La Mouette in Sea Point yesterday and after a line-up of Italian reds earlier in the day, time for some white. The restaurant has a carefully thought out and on the whole very reasonably priced winelist – we opted for The Foundry  Grenache … [Read more...]

Dalla Cia Pinot Noir 2011

Has balls.

Giorgio Dalla Cia, who produced Meerlust’s first Pinot Noir back in 1980, reckons that when it comes to local versions currently available “a lot are by far too light”. The maiden vintage 2011 (R375 a bottle) under his own label is from Polkadraai … [Read more...]

Meerlust Rubicon 2007

A banker.

On Friday, the launch of a Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 from Stellenbosch estate Meerlust. A 1975 Cab was the first red wine to be made under the Meerlust label and it appeared up to 1993, except for the below-par ’77,’79 and ’85.  Small quantities were … [Read more...]

Grangehurst Nikela 2001 vs. Kanonkop CWG 2001

Tricky,

Tuesday night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening wines from the 2001 vintage. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. Whites Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2001 … [Read more...]