What I Drank Last Night
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Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs 2007

White supremacy.

The stellar Villiera Monro Brut 2007 ( wine of show at this year’s Five Nations Wine Challenge, 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013) contains not only 34% Pinot Noir but 15% Pinot Meunier in addition to 51% Chardonnay, but in most instances I’m not sure what … [Read more...]

Topical pic: New kids on the block

Suzaan and Chris Alheit of Alheit Vineyards.

Chris and Suzaan Alheit just creamed 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013 for their maiden vintage Cartology 2011. It’s categorised as a Chenin Blanc in the guide but includes 8% Semillon and when I encountered it, I thought it was more of a “Cape Blend” than a … [Read more...]

Topical pic: Which of these two will be next to join the Cape Winemakers Guild?

Andrea Mullineux and Nadia Newton Johnson.

With Rianie Strydom being the only female member of the 45-strong Cape Winemakers Guild, Andrea Mullineux (left) and Nadia Newton Johnson both have strong claims on joining the organisation. Mullineux, along with husband Chris, makes wines under the … [Read more...]

Platter’s 2013 – highly recommended

Close but no cigar.

After I nominated 13 wines for Five Stars in Platter’s  2012, none of which were endorsed (see here), I was obviously anxious that I would have a better hit rate with the wines I put forward for the 2013 edition. There were 160 wines nominated … [Read more...]

Chamonix Reserve 2011

More about texture than aromatics.

Last night a look at a new white wine from Chamonix in Franschhoek.  A blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, it spent 11 months in 228-litre French oak barrels, 50% new. Labelled simply as Reserve 2011, cellar door price is R145 a … [Read more...]