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Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2011 vs Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2011


Yesterday an “Us vs Them” tasting – five pairs of wines, each consisting of something South African and something from elsewhere in the world. As is so often the case, our whites impressed more than our reds. Pair 1 : Quoin Rock The Nicobar … [Read more...]

Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2011


Paul Cluver Estate managing director Paul Cluver Jnr reckons the recently released 2011 vintage of the Elgin property’s flagship Seven Flags Pinot Noir shows “even greater delicacy” than previous vintages and I agree. Whether this is a good thing or … [Read more...]

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...]