What I Drank Last Night
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Nederburg Ingenuity Red 2010

North meets south.

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 … [Read more...]

Steenberg Nebbiolo 2011

Cherry bomb.

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 … [Read more...]

Poderi Aldo Conterno Colonnello 2004

The business.

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, … [Read more...]

Morgenster Italian Collection Nabucco 2009

Beautifully composed.

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 … [Read more...]

Elio Grasso Gavarini Langhe Nebbiolo 2011

100% stainless steel.

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 … [Read more...]

Steenberg Nebbiolo 2009 vs. 2010

Passable imitation.

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 … [Read more...]