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Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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 much subtler acidities that was common in the Cape at that time. When  Niel [...]

May 26, 2014
by Christian
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Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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, the Neethlingshof 2010 (R76 a bottle), remarkable in that it is has a circa 1990s [...]

March 27, 2014
by Christian
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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 smart analysis with abv at 13.51%, RS at 1.8g/l, TA at [...]

December 1, 2013
by Christian
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Charles Fox Brut 2010

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 Meunier. 24 months on the lees. From a new Elgin producer, this shows citrus and [...]

December 18, 2012
by Christian
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Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc 2007

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 Distell responsible for the marketing of Allesverloren, Alto, Le Bonheur, Neethlingshof, Uitkyk, Stellenzicht, [...]

October 28, 2011
by Christian
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Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2007

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 contained a “dollop of Shiraz” (read more here). That the wine was stripped of [...]

June 17, 2010
by Christian
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