What I Drank Last Night
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J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2008

Competitive.

The 2003 vintage of J.C. Le Roux Scintilla collected accolades galore from overall winner at the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 2012 to best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013 and the next vintage which is 2008 has just been released … [Read more...]

2014 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judges announced

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Judges for the 2014 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, now in its thirteenth year, are as follows: International judges Gerard Basset MW (United Kingdom) UK-based French-born Gerard Basset is the only person to have qualified as a Master of Wine and … [Read more...]

Eikendal Classique 2011

East-west, Eikendal Merlot is best.

Eikendal, with Nico Grobler still relatively new as head of viticulture and winemaking, is on a roll and 2013 has been a particularly good year with Charisma 2011 judged best Shiraz-based blend at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Bordeaux-style … [Read more...]

Bosman Family Vineyards Adama White 2012

Whacky. In a good way.

The rule book has been emphatically thrown away when it comes to Adama White 2012 from Bosman Family Vineyards. It’s a fascinating blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay, 8% Semillon, 6% Pinot Gris and 6% Viognier – some of the fruit from … [Read more...]

Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Running out of puff?

Does local Sauvignon Blanc get drunk too young? The Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2010, which won gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2011, was still alive  when broached last night but quite hard work. On the nose, green … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot 2011

The future?

When I interviewed outgoing KWV chief winemaker Richard Rowe for official Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show guide ICONS about The Mentors Petit Verdot 2011, he expressed excitement about the variety’s future in South Africa. “It’s got an inherently low pH … [Read more...]