What I Drank Last Night
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013


The one good thing about local Pinot Noir is that it’s in a state of flux which must inevitably lead to overall improvement. Category leaders of yesteryear like Hamilton Russell Vineyards haven’t had it all their own way for a while now which … [Read more...]

Donkiesbaai Pinot Noir 2013


Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m generally sceptical of local Pinot Noir (if you’re looking for relatively light, fresh reds, then you’re better served by Cinsaut or Grenache) but that’s not to say there are absolutely no decent … [Read more...]

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...]