Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013

That raing Pinot Noit is always going to be particularly contentious is evidence by the fact that Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate gave Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2013 94 points while Tim Atkin MW gave it 88. What to make of the 2013 from Elgin producer Winters Drift? When I reviewed it in May for […]

November 11, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Cos d’Estournel 2003

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 Constantia didn’t even get nominated for 5 Stars in the guide despite taster […]

January 27, 2014
by Christian
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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 vintage have alcohols of 15% and they are nothing […]

February 22, 2013
by Christian
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Marie-Thérèse Chappaz Grain Noble Marsanne Blanche 2009

Towards the end of last year, Vin de Constance 2007 was rated 97 points by Neal Martin on, 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 international benchmark sweet wines and the Vin de Constance showed […]

January 16, 2013
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1959

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 such stand-out wines as Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 1986, GS Cabernet Sauvignon […]

May 9, 2011
by Christian
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