What I Drank Last Night
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Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2012

Minimalist Chenin.

During the course of conversation with a colleague recently, I suggested that for all the excellence on show at the top end of the Chenin Blanc category, the variety went largely unappreciated by the average wine drinker and therefore the much touted … [Read more...]

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013 results


Results of the twelfth annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced at the Mount Nelson hotel in Cape Town earlier today. TROPHY WINNERS Fairbairn Capital Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall Stark-Condé Harold Eedes Trophy for Best … [Read more...]

Rijk’s Private Cellar Fascination 2006

Not going down without a fight.

Rijk’s in Tulbagh is increasingly dedicated to Chenin Blanc when it comes to whites and Pinotage and Shiraz when it comes to reds but quite a few other wines have featured in the range in the past. Last night, Rijk’s Fascination 2006, a blend of 58% … [Read more...]

Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 2012 winners

Wine of the day.

The official list of  winners of the 16th annual Absa Top 10 competition is as follows: Altydgedacht 2011 Diemersdal 2011 Durbanville Hills Rhinofields 2011 Painted Wolf Guillermo 2009 Rijks Private Cellar 2008 Simonsig Redhill 2010 Spier 21 … [Read more...]

Le Soula Blanc 2006

Respecting nature and its cycles.

A once-off social tasting with friends at the end of last year seems to be turning into a regular wine club, working title “The Bald and the Beautiful”. I’ve belonged to three tasting groups previously, all now defunct on the basis that while … [Read more...]

Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Auctions are theoretically the best way of establishing the true market value of whatever is up for sale so what to make of turnover at the 26th annual Cape Winemakers Guild Auction completed on Saturday  coming in at R3 867 200, down 25% on 2009, … [Read more...]