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 the red varieties contribute to local bottle-fermented sparkling wine – [...]
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 straight varietal wine (see here).
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 Mullineux Family Wines label, three wines picking up 5 Star ratings in Platter’s 2013, these being the [...]
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 this time around of which 62 were endorsed. I nominated [...]
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 bottle. There’s a slight vanilla quality on an otherwise shy nose [...]