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Have we got our calibrations for Pinot Noir right?

  Just how good is SA Pinot Noir? It’s a privilege to embed myself at the Wine Judging Academy organised by Michael Fridjhon every year as some benchmark wines get poured over the three days and it’s a useful way of re-calibrating. One of the flights that attendees of this year’s Academy got to taste […]

April 7, 2016
by Christian
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Radford Dale AD Pinot Noir 2013

The Pinot Noir designated as “AD” in the Radford Dale range is only made in the best vintages and is intended to have long maturation potential. From Elgin grapes, it’s a one-barrel cuvée exclusive to retailer Wine Cellar. The nose shows a not unpleasant note of reduction before red cherry, wild strawberry and even a […]

February 29, 2016
by Christian
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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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Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2012

The Pinot Noir category seems to me to be one category where the quality hierarchy seems to be particularly fluid as individual producers wrestle with how best to interpret the famously difficult variety but new releases from the well-established Hemel en Aarde Valley producer Bouchard Finlayson are always cause for excitement. Tasting notes and scores […]

August 18, 2015
by Christian
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Shannon Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2013

Not for nothing is Pinot Noir known as the heartbreak grape. If the Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin was overdone (too much heavy toast oak) four or five vintages ago, the team (James Downes in the vineyard and Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson in the cellar) seem to have gone too […]

May 15, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Newton Johnson Elgin Pinot Noir 2009 vs Newton Johnson “D” Pinot Noir 2009

When the Elgin Pinot Noir 2009 from Newton Johnson was reviewed by Angela Lloyd for the 2011 edition of Platter’s, she rated it 4½ Stars while the Domaine Pinot Noir 2009 (from fruit grown on the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde property) was nominated for 5 Stars and subsequently endorsed. Revisiting them nearly five years on, they’re both […]

March 4, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Recipe: Boeuf bourguignon

The classic boeuf bourguignon recipe calls for a hearty slosh of Pinot Noir in the sauce. If your palate and wallet recoil at the idea of pouring a real Burgundy into your stew, a good quality local version will offer up equivalently aromatic elements. RECIPE Stew 170g un-sliced bacon 1 T olive oil 1.3kg lean […]

March 2, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013

That raing Pinot Noit is always going to be particularly contentious is evidence by the fact that Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate gave Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2013 94 points while Tim Atkin MW gave it 88. What to make of the 2013 from Elgin producer Winters Drift? When I reviewed it in May for […]

November 11, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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