What I Drank Last Night
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Eikendal Classique 2012

Classy Classique.

Lunch yesterday with Nico Grobler of Stellenbosch property Eikendal to have a look at the newly released 2012 vintage of his Bordeaux-style red blend called Classique (R205 a bottle). This is a wine gaining in reputation all the time with the 2009 … [Read more...]

Mount Sutherland Syrah 2011

From the sticks.

I chaired the panel that judged Shiraz at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show this year and when I later discovered that the Mount Sutherland Syrah 2012 was not only best in class but best red wine overall at the competition, I’ll confess to more than a … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Verdelho 2013

KWV The Mentors Verdelho 2013

Yesterday KWV The Mentors new vintage launch at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock. The company was best producer at Veritas in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and again this year thanks in large part to the wines that … [Read more...]

Haskell Anvil Chardonnay 2012

Precision engineered.

Stellenbosch property Haskell Vineyards first drew attention when the 2007 vintage of its single-vineyard Shiraz called Pillars won a gold medal at the 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show before going on to be rated 5 Stars in the 2010 edition of … [Read more...]

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...]

Steenberg Magna Carta 2011

An icon in the making.

The Steenberg Magna Carta 2011 is proving to be a real champion wine - first it was one of the top three wines with a rating of 5 Stars in the inaugural RisCura White Hot Wine Awards last year (see here) and more recently it was judged best in class … [Read more...]