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David Cope: Is R4 000 for a bottle of G 2012 too cheap?

One of the worst things about Cape Town is you will almost always know someone wherever you go. This lack of anonymity has people constantly posturing, keenly aware that somebody they know is watching them and will report back to their peers at the next dinner party or book club. Even those not posing are […]

March 31, 2015
by David Cope
with 16 Comments

Wine trends for 2015

It’s the end of the year which brings with it awkward office parties, dysfunctional family holidays and endless predictions of what the next year will hold across all fields of endeavour. Since nobody really has any idea what the future holds, looking back on these in twelve months down the line often leads to a […]

December 22, 2014
by David Cope
with 2 Comments

Chateau Pontet-Canet 2010

Last night, a tasting of Bordeaux from the much vaunted 2010 vintage hosted by Wine Cellar, the Cape Town-based fine wine merchants and cellarers. Two remarkable wines, the first being newly appointed St-Emilion First Growth Château Angélus, the 2010 rated 98 on the 100-point scale by the influential US critic Robert Parker. With an alcohol […]

September 26, 2013
by Christian
with 6 Comments

De Toren Fusion V 2010

Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate says of Z 2010 from De Toren in Stellenbosch that “(it’s) hedonism could have derived from the Napa Valley” and I know what he means. Both the Z and its more premium stablemate Fusion V from the 2010 vintage have alcohols of 15% and they are nothing […]

February 22, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Le Dôme 2009

“Unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted,” was über-critic Robert Parker’s take on the 2009 Bordeaux. So what went down in this most hyped of vintages? Last night a tasting of 12 examples at Cape Town wine brokers Wine Cellar. These are super-concentrated, weighty and powerful wines that are at least 10 years […]

August 2, 2012
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Wine on the web

From the May issue of GQ: The internet has made it easier than ever before to discover wine. Traditional print media necessarily saw the gathering and dissemination of wine information in the hands of the few – a small group of self-appointed authorities delivering their pronouncements from on high. What the internet has done is […]

June 5, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2001

US critic Robert Parker has just released his final, in-bottle reviews of the 2009 Bordeaux vintage and the fact that he gave 100-point ratings to an unprecedented 19 wines is causing a stir (by contrast, he awarded 100-point scores to just six wines from the fabled 1982 Bordeaux vintage and only two from the generally […]

March 6, 2012
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Idiom 900 Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Robert Parker of and The Wine Advocate has become something of pantomime villain in the world of wine on account of his supposed predilection for wines that are weighty and powerful over those that are subtle and elegant. Things is I’ve tasted some wines highly rated by Parker where I’ve completely concurred with him […]

February 15, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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