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Nederburg Ingenuity Red 2010

You get what you pay for and though the Ingenuity Red 2010 from Nederburg is not cheap at R245 a bottle, it’s smart. A blend of 50% Sangiovese sourced from 15-year-old vineyards on Papkuilsfontein in Darling, 45% Barbera from 40-year-old vineyards on Altydgedacht in Durbanville and 5% Nebbiolo from 20-year-old-vineyards on Plaisir de Merle in [...]

July 22, 2013
by Christian
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Steenberg Nebbiolo 2011

The change in stylistic direction on the soon-to-be released 2011 vintage of Nebbiolo from Steenberg is immediately noticeable and to be applauded. Whereas the 2010 (currently selling for R220) underwent malolactic fermentation in new oak and was later matured in second- and third-fill 225-litre French oak barrels for 15 months, the 2011 was fermented in [...]

April 13, 2013
by Christian
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Poderi Aldo Conterno Colonnello 2004

A recent review of M. Marengo Barolo Brunate 2008 generated much debate about what constituted good Barolo (see here). I thought it all a bit brutish but admittedly don’t drink enough of the stuff to argue my position with any conviction. Yesterday, however, Constantia producer Steenberg presented its second annual Nebbiolo workshop and included two [...]

April 13, 2013
by Christian
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Morgenster Italian Collection Nabucco 2009

Yesterday a whizz through some examples of Nebbiolo, one of the great red grapes of Italy, typically high in acidity and firm of tannin. The variety is not widely planted in South Africa (25.09ha at the end of 2011) but Morgenster in Somerset West and Steenberg in Constantia are two producers attempting to make serious [...]

April 8, 2013
by Christian
with 9 Comments

Elio Grasso Gavarini Langhe Nebbiolo 2011

Yesterday a year to the day that Neil Grant, previously sommelier at Rust en Vrede, opened Burrata Restaurant at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock and by coincidence, we’d booked for dinner. “Yip, we have beaten the stats & made it to our 1st BD” tweeted Grant earlier in the day and this restaurant really [...]

March 3, 2013
by Christian
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Steenberg Nebbiolo 2009 vs. 2010

Nebbiolo might make some of the world’s great red wines when grown in its native Piedmont in the north west of Italy but does it travel? In the South African context, it is probably most closely associated with Constantia property Steenberg, which has just released its 2010 vintage. I tasted this next to the 2009: [...]

June 6, 2012
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Steenberg Nebbiolo 2003 et al.

For a pretty wide spread of wine scores, check out how the Steenberg Shiraz 2008 did in this year’s Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened by WINE magazine: I gave it 14 on the 20-point scale, Carrie Adams of Johannesburg wine retailer Norman Goodfellows 14.5, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Cape Town restaurants Balducci’s and Belthazar [...]

July 29, 2010
by Christian
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