What I Drank Last Night
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Palladius 2012 and Columella 2012

A good year.

Having missed the Sadie Family Wines tasting towards the end of July as I did, I was eager to get my hands on the 2012 vintages of Palladius and Columella – these are wines that shape the debate and can’t be disregarded. Palladius 2012 Wine … [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...]

Palladius 2011

The benchmark has just been raised.

On Friday, a tasting of the new releases from Sadie Family Wines. The highlight was the white blend Palladius 2011, one of the finest wines I’ve ever tasted out of South Africa. Palladius 2011 Case price: R 2636.34 Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, … [Read more...]

Columella 2010

The shiz niz.

Earlier today the pre-release tasting of  the new vintages of The Sadie Family Wines (on-sale date: 2 July). Tasting notes and scores below: Columella 2010: 19/20 Case price: R3522.60 (6x750ml unless otherwise specified) 80% Syrah, 17% … [Read more...]

Interview with Vergelegen’s André van Rensburg

Vergelegen's André van Rensburg.

André van Rensburg, winemaker at Somerset West property Vergelegen, usually a wine industry firebrand, has been keeping a remarkably low profile in recent times. What’s up? For one thing, the long-running leaf-roll virus elimination programme has … [Read more...]

Some thoughts on wine competitions


Following the announcement of Wine magazine’s Sauvignon Blanc Top 10, the worth of wine competitions is yet again under debate, but I’m not sure we’re making any progress in terms of how the system (the term used loosely) might be improved. I … [Read more...]