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Winemag.co.za Top 20 wines 2015

Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]

December 7, 2015
by Christian
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Jordan Reserve Collection Unoaked Chardonnay 2015

Rebecca Constable, wine product developer for Woolworths, says there are three key attributes to the retailer’s offering: 1) what’s on offer is often award winning; 2) the retailer works closely with the producer in line with their “Meet the makers” campaign and 3) provenance matters. In an effort to illustrate this, a showcase of eight […]

November 18, 2015
by Christian
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The Prescient Chardonnay Report 2015

The fifth annual Chardonnay Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 of South Africa’s most high-profile examples, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point quality […]

October 28, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2013

I note that back in 2013 I rated the 2010 vintage of the Seven Flags Pinot Noir from Elgin producer Paul Cluver 95 points on the 100-point quality scale (see here) and in so doing, set the bar super-high for subsequent vintages. Was I too enthusiastic? I recall what I liked about the 2010 was […]

August 24, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2014: Top 10 wines

The fourth annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Wealth is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. The top 10 wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Hartenberg The Eleanor […]

October 17, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

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 2011 vs Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2011 The Quoin Rock had elegance […]

September 15, 2014
by Christian
with 3 Comments

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 a bad thing, however, is moot point… Aromas of red cherries, vanilla and enticing perfume […]

September 10, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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 how good is it? There’s some gun-smoke (mild reduction) on the nose while the […]

June 26, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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