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

September 15, 2014
by Christian
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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
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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
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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 2010 Chardonnay over £15 – Jordan Chardonnay 2013 Sauvignon Blanc under £15 – Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Sweet under £15 – [...]

June 24, 2014
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Oremus Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2005

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 technique into four flights, tasted blind. Could those assembled identify grape variety and place of origin [...]

February 25, 2014
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Paul Cluver Village Pinot Noir 2013

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 Elgin producer has now come up with a R90-a-bottle Pinot designated “Village”. Right now, it [...]

January 16, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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