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Michael Fridjhon: How to fix Merlot

In the 1960s European and American electricity providers replaced coal-fired power stations with “clean” nuclear facilities. Fifty years later, the swing of the pendulum has made atomic the dirtiest source in town. Addressing the WineLand seminar in late July, the Wine Cellar’s Roland Peens exhorted the industry to grub up its merlot vineyards and replace […]

August 24, 2015
by Michael Fridjhon
with 4 Comments

RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2015 results

Results of the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends are now out. 85 entries from 64 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points or higher were as follows: 92 […]

August 5, 2015
by Christian
with 7 Comments

Dax Villanueva: Morgenster and the development of the SA olive industry

Giulio Bertrand is well known in the wine industry for the excellent wines produced by his Somerset West wine estate Morgenster . But many people do not know that in 2012 the SA Olive Industry Association nominated Bertrand for a Lifetime Achiever Award in recognition of his contribution to the development of South Africa’s olive […]

May 11, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
with 0 Comments

How does Morgenster stack up against Bordeaux?

At the launch of the Morgenster 2011 yesterday, six wines tasted blind by a gathering of some 50 people from the wine trade and media. Here’s how I ranked them: 1. Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2002 – Second Growth, St Julien Average price: R984 Red and black fruit plus a slight maritime quality. Lovely fruit […]

April 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Morgenster 2011

Yesterday, the launch of the 2011 vintage of the flagship wine from Morgenster with winemaker Henry Kotzé plus Cheval Blanc managing director Pierre Lurton as well as that property’s winemaker Pierre-Olivier Clouet presenting – the Cheval Blanc technical team having played a consulting role at Morgenster since inception. “We look for freshness, balance, ageing potential […]

April 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

Morgenster Italian Collection Nabucco 2012

Do the great Italian varieties travel? That’s the question Morgenster in Somerset West are seeking to address in the ongoing experiment that is the Italian Collection, the 2012s being the sixth release of these wines. Morgenster Italian Collection Tosca 2012 Price: R209 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. A savoury overlay on top of […]

November 18, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Absa Top 5 Olive Oil Awards 2014: results

The Absa Top 5 Olive Oil Awards 2014 were announced recently, the winners as follows: Rio Largo Premium Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Intense), Rio Largo Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Medium) Groote Vallei Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Medium) Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Intense) Willow Creek Estate Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Medium). SA […]

October 16, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

The RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2014: Top Three Wines

Results of the second annual RisCura White Hot Wine Awards are now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 41 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends from 33 producers, either currently available or soon to be released, and then undertaking a blind tasting. The top three wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Highlands Road Sine Cera 2012 Price: […]

September 4, 2014
by Christian
with 9 Comments
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