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Cos d’Estournel 2003

Top gun.

Who’s shaping the debate when it comes to wine quality in South Africa? Wine magazine ceased publishing in September 2011 and Platter’s is surely at some kind of crossroads (it’s disconcerting that the 2007 vintage of Vin de Constance from Klein … [Read more...]

De Toren Fusion V 2010


Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate says of Z 2010 from De Toren in Stellenbosch that “(it’s) hedonism could have derived from the Napa Valley” and I know what he means. Both the Z and its more premium stablemate Fusion V from the 2010 … [Read more...]

Marie-Thérèse Chappaz Grain Noble Marsanne Blanche 2009

Some of the gear.

Towards the end of last year, Vin de Constance 2007 was rated 97 points by Neal Martin on eRobertParker.com., then the highest score ever awarded to a South African wine. Is it that good? Today a blind tasting hosted by Klein Constantia of local and … [Read more...]

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1959

The oldest swinger in town.

It is tradition to mark the start of judging of the annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show with a tasting of old South African wines (whites fifteen years after vintage or older and reds 25 years after vintage or older). Yesterday’s line-up included … [Read more...]