What I Drank Last Night
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Dom Pérignon 1992

Mature content.

Yesterday my late father Harold would’ve turned 70. At a family supper in his memory, a bottle of Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon 1992. Good colour – straw yellow with a green tinge. The nose was a bit muted but the palate was holding up remarkably … [Read more...]

De Wet Cellar – Best Value Winery of the Year 2014

Best Value Wine Guide 2014

Most of the efforts on this blog are directed at the fine wine end of the market but occasionally it’s interesting to examine what’s happening at entry level. The 2014 edition of the Best Value Wine Guide sponsored by one of South Africa’s major … [Read more...]

The great bubbly shoot-out

France 1st, SA, 2nd, SA 3rd.

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED out last Friday: The festive season lends itself to drinking bubbles but which bubbles? If you opt for Méthode Cap Classique, there’s always the anxiety that you’re forfeiting quality for economy … [Read more...]

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2005 (magnum)

Da bomb.

A magnum of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2005 at the weekend proved outstanding, as good as local bottle-fermented sparkling wine gets – attractive yeasty, leesy aromas and flavours to with good fruit expression, a fine mousse and bright acidity. Really … [Read more...]

Moët & Chandon Millésime Blanc 1999

Xmas cheer.

If you’re going to pack on a couple of kilos as I have over the festive season, then it’s best that they are well earned. The 24 hours over Christmas proved particularly decadent. Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2010 was a … [Read more...]