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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...]

Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2013

Paul Cluver Gwurztraminer 2012

Do punters give a damn about "green" issues? They should... Year five of the Nedbank Green Wine Awards, which I  helped conceptualise back in 2009 as editor of Wine magazine along with  my wife Jane, then marketing manager of the publication and Greg … [Read more...]

2013 CWG Auction wines rated

Decent kit.

The 29th annual Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at Spier in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 5 October. There are 58 wines on auction, specifically 35 reds, 18 whites, two Méthode Cap Classique, one sweet wine, a Port and a potstill brandy making … [Read more...]