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Sterhuis Pinot Noir 2013

Johan Kruger of Sterhuis.

Since first bottling in 2002, Sterhuis in the Bottelary ward of Stellenbosch has developed a reputation for unfussy yet worthy wines, the Chardonnay Barrel Selection a particular standout. Winemaker Johan Kruger has now attempted a Pinot Noir and … [Read more...]

The Fledge & Co. Katvis 2013 vs Treasure Hunter Pinot Noit 2013

Fruity little numbers.

One of the supposed advantages of the 100-point scoring system for wine is that it’s more finally calibrated than its 20-point counterpoint. Last night, however, two examples of Pinot Noir that while difficult to score really high, were both … [Read more...]

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012

A building block.

The idea behind three single-vineyard bottlings of Pinot Noir in addition to a blend of all of them is “to indulge those who love the variety and let them discover more” says Bevan Newton Johnson, marketing manager of Newton Johnson Vineyards in the … [Read more...]

Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2010

Not short of grunt.

Wines which are modest on their own tend to look even plainer when paired with gourmet food but by the same token wines made with serious intent sometimes only truly reveal themselves when drunk with a correspondingly high quality meal. Yesterday … [Read more...]

Catherine Marshall Nine Barrels Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

A milestone on the journey.

Catherine Marshall recently turned 50 and to mark the milestone birthday a trip that took in Scotland to find out more about her ancestry, to Burgundy to gather information about her favourite variety Pinot Noir and Tibet to explore her spiritual … [Read more...]

Newton Johnson Elgin Pinot Noir 2011

Accept no imitations.

It’s fascinating to observe the intensifying rivalry between the various wards of Hemel-en-Aarde and Elgin as to which area makes the best Pinot Noir. Newton Johnson does two versions: the more premium Family Vineyards from own vineyards in the Upper … [Read more...]