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Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2013

World champ.

Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2013 recently won the Decanter World Wine Awards international trophy for Sauvignon Blanc under £15, and in another case of gongs leading to sales, I picked up a bottle from Liquor City Claremont (R84.90 a bottle). Just … [Read more...]

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014: Results


The Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 have just been announced. The competition attracted 15 007 entries and the following South African wines featured: International Trophies Bordeaux Varietals under £15 – Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon … [Read more...]

Oremus Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2005

Da business.

The South African Sommelier Association, formed in 2010 “to help uplift and promote the service of wine in South Africa”, holds regular benchmark tastings for its members. Yesterday, sweet wines of the world, 14 wines roughly divided by production … [Read more...]

Paul Cluver Village Pinot Noir 2013

Budget friendly.

Can you get respectable Pinot Noir for under a hundred bucks? Stellenbosch producer Simonsig used to take a consignment of Champagne clone PN5 from Paul Cluver for use in its bubblies, but this recently became superfluous to requirements and the … [Read more...]

Klein Constantia Comparative Chardonnay Tasting

“People ask me why Klein Constantia stopped making Chardonnay and I don’t know,” says managing director Hans Astrom. “We have some planted which currently gets used for bubbly – within three to five years, we could have a couple of blocks to match … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2013


Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2013. Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012 Made from a Rawsonville Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1972. Along with Opstal Carl Everson 2012, emphatic proof that excellence can be had from the “other side … [Read more...]