What I Drank Last Night
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Oak Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Just about on par.

In a less than stellar showing at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Pinot Noir collected no gold medals, a single silver (Paul Cluver 2012) and seven bronze, Véronique Drouhin-Boss, top Burgundian winemaker and international judge declaring … [Read more...]

Strandveld Adamastor 2009 vs. Oak Valley Mountain Reserve 2009

Pair with spaghetti vongole.

As an aperitif last night, the Adamastor 2009 from Strandveld in Elim. With lunch today, The OV 2009 from Oak Valley in Elgin. The former a blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, the latter 81% Sauvignon Blanc and 19% Semillon. The former … [Read more...]

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007 vs. Oak Valley Chardonnay 2007

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007 vs. Oak Valley Chardonnay 2007

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007 – mostly from Hemel-en-Aarde and Elgin vineyards, fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak, a third new, abv 13.5%. Rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2009. Oak Valley Chardonnay 2007 -  from Elgin Vineyards, fermented and … [Read more...]

Oak Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010 vs. Steenberg H.M.S. Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Ectomorphic vs. endomorphic.

While waiting for the Woolies free range chicken to cook on the Weber last night, two examples of Sauvignon Blanc presenting a stark contrast in styles. The Oak Valley 2010 (including 2% Semillon according to Platter’s 2012 and about 3% wild … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2011

Keermont Terrasse 2010

Below are my dozen best wines for 2011. To appear on the list, they had to be from South Africa and in general circulation. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking … [Read more...]

Oak Valley Chardonnay 2010


Out of the 23 000 cases that Elgin winery Oak Valley produces annually, 10 000 are Sauvignon Blanc, 10 000 are Bordeaux-style red blend and only 1 500 each are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (and the OV white blend apparently too little to mention). “I … [Read more...]