What I Drank Last Night
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Desiderius Pongrácz 2008

Drink from 2014 onwards.

Desiderius is the “prestige cuvee” in the Pongrácz bubbly range from producer-wholesaler Distell and the 2008 (R255 a bottle) is the first vintage of this since the 2003. 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, it spent 48 months on the lees. A slight … [Read more...]

Zonnebloem Lauréat 2010

Spot the difference.

                  Distell are often pretty shameless when it comes to packaging. The Pongrácz bottle, for instance, closely resembles that of iconic Champagne Krug and the … [Read more...]

TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival 2012

Unathi and fans.

Yesterday evening a visit to the second annual Gugulethu Wine Festival, headline sponsor being TOPS at SPAR. Exhibitors of note included Bartinney, the Stellenbosch farm owned by FNB CEO Michael Jordaan and his wife Rose – Rose herself pouring wine … [Read more...]

Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin Brut

Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends.

One of my late dad’s stock lines was “Fornication [for an occasion] like this, we need Champagne”.  We weren’t celebrating anything in particular yesterday, but decided that Veuve was an appropriate way to start the day anyway. Is it helpful to … [Read more...]

Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 2010 results


The new-look October issue of WINE magazine reached subscribers today including results of the 2010 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge: AWARDS Best Blanc de Blancs, Best Overall Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blanc 2007 Best … [Read more...]