What I Drank Last Night
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Strandveld Adamastor 2009 vs. Oak Valley Mountain Reserve 2009

Pair with spaghetti vongole.

As an aperitif last night, the Adamastor 2009 from Strandveld in Elim. With lunch today, The OV 2009 from Oak Valley in Elgin. The former a blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, the latter 81% Sauvignon Blanc and 19% Semillon. The former … [Read more...]

A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2010

Wild thing.

The Red 2010 from Swartland producer A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines was nominated for 5 Stars but ultimately not endorsed but then the same fate befell Ernie Els CWG Aucition Reserve 2011 and Sadie Family Columella 2011 to name two other … [Read more...]

Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2011

Unrelenting.

In South Africa recently to chair the fourth annual fourth annual Top 100 SA Wine competition, Tim Atkin MW declared himself “slightly underwhelmed” with the Sauvignon Blanc that he encountered. “It seems producers aren’t sure of what style to make. … [Read more...]

Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot 2011

It's Merlot and you know it.

The release of a new vintage of Mount Bullet Merlot from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin can only be met with high expectations – the 2008 vintage was rated 5 Stars in the 2011 edition of Platter’s while the 2007, 2009 and 2011 were all nominated for the … [Read more...]

DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2013

Impenetrable.

The Maestro 2012 from DeMorgenzon not only picks up a rating of 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s but is also declared White Wine of the Year (see my review here). How might the follow-up 2013 be shaping (R121.99 a bottle from Liquor City … [Read more...]

Boplaas Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve vs KWV 15 Year Old Alambic

Fire water.

It’s been a pleasure drinking two top brandies over the last while, namely Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve from Boplaas (R390 a bottle) and KWV 15 Year Old Alambic (R540). The rapier versus the broad sword, if you will. The Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve … [Read more...]