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Dom Pérignon 1992

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 well – some citrus and apple still left plus [...]

August 7, 2014
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De Wet Cellar – Best Value Winery of the Year 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 liquor retailers Ultra Liqours has just been launched. Wines have to [...]

August 27, 2013
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The great bubbly shoot-out

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 while if you choose Champagne, then there’s the suspicion that you’re paying for extrinsics rather than [...]

December 10, 2012
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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2005 (magnum)

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 showing well after some time in bottle. Even so, I felt it was still just short [...]

April 16, 2012
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Moët & Chandon Millésime Blanc 1999

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 great match with garlic and chilli prawns on the eve of [...]

January 3, 2011
by Christian
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