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Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot 2011

It's Merlot and you know it.

The release of a new vintage of Mount Bullet Merlot from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin can only be met with high expectations – the 2008 vintage was rated 5 Stars in the 2011 edition of Platter’s while the 2007, 2009 and 2011 were all nominated for the … [Read more...]

Elgin White Wine Retrospective

On the money.

Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin has been rather overlooked relative to the Chardonnay from this district in recent times but yesterday during a tasting of 35 whites of various vintage, the 16 examples of Sauvignon proved compelling. That’s not to say the … [Read more...]

Steenberg HMS Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Well assembled.

Last night, dinner at Grande Provence for the announcement of the Top 6 Méthode Cap Classique as well as the Top 6 Sauvignon Blanc as featured in the December/January issue of Classic Wine, the magazine published by Gauteng music station Classic FM. … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Profoundly good.

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more … [Read more...]

Shannon Vineyards Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2009

Closely packed.

One suspects that when the Downes brothers set about establishing Shannon Vineyards in Elgin back in 2000, they thought they’d make their name with Pinot Noir rather than Merlot, the fact that out of the 15.5ha they cultivate, 6ha are the former and … [Read more...]

Best wines of 2010: CE’s choice

Sijnn 2007: Out of the box.

Below is a list of my 10 best wines for 2010. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers that I … [Read more...]