What I Drank Last Night
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Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Star of the show.

When Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon first appeared on the scene in the mid-1990s, it caused quite a stir. Paul Pontallier of Brodeaux First Growth Château Margaux was on board as consultant and the wine featured riper tannins, higher pHs and … [Read more...]

Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Does what it says on the tin.

After rating Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 86/100, a somewhat mediocre score for a bottle of wine costing R149, I wondered if I wasn’t guilty of “Distell bashing” and so resolved to try two other Cabs from SA’s biggest producer-wholesaler. First, … [Read more...]

Plaisir de Merle Sauvignon Blanc 2013


The Plaisir de Merle Sauvignon Blanc 2013 featuring nearly half Darling grapes and the rest from its own vineyards on the Paarl side of the Simonsberg is a pretty classy offering.  Lime, white peach and some pyrazine bite. Lean and fresh, it has a … [Read more...]

Charles Fox Brut 2010

Part of the non-aligned movement.

Predictably it’s Moët being drunk at Mangaung (see here) but there’s some smart new Cap Classique around for those of us less well connected. Charles Fox Brut 2010: 16.5/20 Approximate retail price: R215 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot … [Read more...]

Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc 2007

A lot of stemware.

Billed as “A Night of a Thousand Glasses”, it was more like “The Infinitely Prolonged Evening of Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine and a Half Glasses”. We were at the fourth annual black-tie dinner hosted by Cape Legends, a division of producer-wholesaler … [Read more...]

Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2007

Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2007 - another Bordeaux-style red blend with a "dollop of Shiraz".

Zonnebloem Lauréat 2007 is destined to become the stuff of legend after first winning a gold medal in the Bordeaux-style red blend class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and then subsequently disqualified when it was discovered the wine … [Read more...]