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Zonnebloem Lauréat 2012

Although the faux Petrus label will always get me, the 2012 vintage of Zonnebloem Lauréat is actually pretty decent stuff. It’s a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot plus an unconventional 5% Shiraz and 5% Mourvèdre; maturation lasted 14 months in French and Hungarian oak, a combination of first- and […]

July 1, 2015
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Pinotage 1975

Distell-owned Zonnebloem is apparently enjoying double digit growth year on year as “youngsters” (25 to 30 year olds) connect with the heritage of a brand which has existed since the1940s. How to build on this? For one thing, get hot-shot industrial designer Haldane Martin to develop a range of merchandising units for restaurants and bars […]

April 11, 2014
by Christian
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Petrus 2001 vs. Cheval Blanc 2001

The White Club is run by Danes Rene Dehn and Malene Meisner with sponsorship by Swiss watch company Parmigiani, membership by invitation only and limited to 50. Dinners are arranged around the world featuring the world’s best wines and on Saturday I was a guest at one of these events at the Taj hotel in […]

October 29, 2012
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Lauréat 2010

                  Distell are often pretty shameless when it comes to packaging. The Pongrácz bottle, for instance, closely resembles that of iconic Champagne Krug and the Desiderius Pongrácz that of Louis Roederer Cristal. Now the Zonnebloem flagship Lauréat label gets a make-over and where do the designers seek […]

September 3, 2012
by Christian
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