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Is SA wine judging stuck in the past?

Over the weekend, I chanced across the SAA winelist for June 2000, a family member’s holiday momento. The wines in business class were Eikendal Chardonnay 1998 and Darling Cellars Groenekloof Pinotage 1998 while the so-called premier selection wines were Villiera Sauvignon Blanc 1998 and Môreson Pinehurst Cabernet Sauvignon 1998. The 2000 SAA Wine Selection Judges [...]

August 12, 2013
by Christian
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A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines White 2007

With the second annual Swartland Revolution set to take place on 11.11.11 plus the following day, expect saturation social media coverage of the wines from Adi Badenhorst, Andrea and Chris Mullineux and Eben Sadie as well as host of other indie winemakers during that period. It is, for instance, remarkable that Grape.co.za editor Tim James [...]

October 27, 2011
by Christian
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2011 CWG auction wines rated

Earlier today the Cape Winemakers Guild facilitated a blind tasting of the wines to be sold at this year’s auction by a group of local wine journalist, the venue being Nitida Cellars in Durbanville. Those participating included Tim James of The Mail & Guardian and Grape.co.za, Angela Lloyd of Grape.co.za, Cathy Marston of Food24.com, Neil Pendock [...]

August 16, 2011
by Christian
with 7 Comments

J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé MCC 2006

If you believe in indy rock ‘n roll, then last year’s Wine magazine Cap Classique Challenge results must have really sucked: best Non-Vintage to evil empire Distell (Pongrácz), best Rosé to evil empire Distell (Pongrácz), best Vintage to wanna-be evil empire The Comapny of Wine People (Kumkani Infiniti Brut 2004). That the title of best [...]

June 26, 2011
by Christian
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New Whisky magazine to launch

Who says Old Media is dead? Whisky is South Africa’s latest niche title magazine, to be edited by Fiona McDonald, who used to head up Wine magazine. She will be supported by celebrity chef Mike Bassett as food editor, the experienced Stuart Johnston as motoring editor and contributors will include the likes of Graham Howe, [...]

November 30, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: Stranveld’s Conrad and Suzan Vlok celebrate success

Pictured alongside are Conrad and Suzan Vlok of Elim property Strandveld, who have  two wines in Wine magazine’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, namely First Sighting 2009 (from multiple vineyards and including 9% Semillon) and Strandveld 2010 (single vineyard). Neil Pendock got it nearly right when he wrote in his blog prior to the announcement of the [...]

October 21, 2010
by Christian
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2010 CWG auction wines: The Yanks vs. SA

The Cape Winemakers Guild recently announced the results of blind tastings of some of this year’s auction wines by James Molesworth of Wine Spectator and Steve Tanzer of International Wine Cellar. Molesworth gave 27 of 32 wines tasted (out of a total of 39) 90 points or more on the 100-point scale, whilst Tanzer gave [...]

September 28, 2010
by Christian
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Average scores from blind tasting of 2010 CWG Auction wines

When wine commentators Michael Fridjhon, Tim James, Neil Pendock, Chrisitine Rudman and I convened to taste the line-up of 2010 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines, it was agreed to score according to the 100-point system and individual scores were captured. For interest, the arithmetic average scores of the wines involved appear below : 91.8 Tullie [...]

September 1, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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