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Tim James: Looking at natural winemaking and “natural sweet” wines

Statistics can be most revealing, of course – but can need interrogating or supplementing if they are to lead one towards a correct understanding. Sometimes it starts the other way round, and statistics must be ransacked to find support for something already known (or suspected). That’s how the little investigative adventure I’m reporting on began [...]

October 5, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Some thoughts on the 100-point quality scale

Is MR de Compostella 2013, the best wine overall in the recent RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards and retailing for R920 a bottle, under-scored at 92 on the 100-point quality? It may be but not by much. While day-to-day reviews on are conducted sighted, when it comes to sponsored category tastings, we do things [...]

August 19, 2015
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Tim James: Some conclusions on completing tasting for Platter’s 2016

Soon, I hope, I shall soon return to my customary semi-idleness, with time to go to the occasional wine function or, more interestingly, to visit wine farms (a couple of those already lined up), even to write blogs more frequently. What’s more, I shall be able to choose what to drink with my dinner, and [...]

August 17, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: A “newbies” tasting suggests some trends

I spent a good chunk of last weekend – or so it seems in retrospect – tasting wines from a handful of the Cape’s newest producers. A privilege in the context of our exciting times, you might think – and that’s absolutely right for the most part. I was tasting with the redoutable Cathy van [...]

July 14, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Saxenburg Shiraz Select 2003

The Shiraz Select 2003 from Stellenbosch property Saxenburg was rated 5 Stars in the 2007 edition of Platter’s and it remains a pretty smart bottle of wine. Matured for 24 months in all new oak, equal parts French and American, it contains small percentages of Cab and Merlot. The wine currently shows red and black [...]

July 11, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Leeuwenkuil Family Reserve White 2012

According to Platter’s 2015, Swartland winery Leeuwenkuil draws on 4 550 ha of vineyard which produce some 36 500 tons of grapes a year, resulting in some 27 million litres of wine. Evidently some economies of scale as the Family Reserve White 2012 is knock-out. It’s a blend of 50% Chenin Blanc, 13% Roussanne, 13% [...]

June 5, 2015
by Christian
with 9 Comments

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013

Bar a 5 Star-rating in Platter’s, the Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 from Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch has picked up just about every accolade possible for a wine: it recently won grand gold as well as being declared best white wine overall at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles while its achievements last year included gold [...]

June 1, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Cape of Good Hope Basson Pinotage 2012

Anthonij Rupert Wyne is another producer that doesn’t submit to Platter’s so unfortunately no comment about the portfolio in what so many treat as their wine bible. Launched in 2011, the “terroir specific” Cape of Good Hope sub-brand from Anthonij Rupert is particularly compelling in concept (see here) although you don’t see them much in [...]

May 25, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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