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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 winners

Results of the second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 145 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Aeternitas Wines 2010 Price: R120 Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014 Price: R74 DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014 Price: R210 [...]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday I presented a tasting for five novice wine enthusiasts. Three pairs of wines chosen to be as stylistically as far apart as possible: Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2014 vs Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2010, Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013 and Knorhoek Pantére Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vs Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon [...]

July 30, 2015
by Christian
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Simonsig Tiara 2011

If you launch a single-variety Cabernet Sauvignon at R1 375 a bottle as Simonsig did recently in the shape of The Garland 2008, what does it say about your flagship Bordeaux-style red blend? “Cabernet Sauvignon has to come from the right address,” says cellarmaster Johan Malan. “It’s got a long list of requirements [to be [...]

June 26, 2015
by Christian
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Simonsig The Garland 2008

How to break the glass ceiling which exists when it comes to the price of South Africa’s top-end wines? Most critics agree that we are now making wine comparable in quality to just about anything in the world and yet our wines still sell at a significant discount. One tactic producers seem to be employing [...]

June 15, 2015
by Christian
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Top 100 SA Wines 2015 – Results

Results of the Top 100 SA Wines 2015 competition convened by Robin von Holdt of Buybetterwine.com and chaired by Tim Atkin MW were announced last night. According to the official media release, there were 500 entries from 140 wineries. White wines enjoyed a total listing of 38, red wines 52, Natural Sweet four, Cap Classique [...]

April 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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2014 Amorim MCC Challege Results

The results of the 14th annual Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows: Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner: Domaines des Dieux 2009 Best Brut Non-Vintage: Lords Best Rosé Non-Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé Best Rosé Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009 Best Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage: Colmant Brut Chardonnay Best Blanc de Blancs Vintage: [...]

September 18, 2014
by Christian
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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 1999

The South African Sommelier Association is set to become a significant force when it comes to shaping the debate around fine wine in South Africa if its monthly tastings are anything to go by – I signed up as a “Wine Enthusiast” member earlier in the year (R300 to join, precluded from voting at the [...]

April 8, 2014
by Christian
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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2012

That Kaapse Vonkel from Simonsig in Stellenbosch benefits from a bit of bottle maturation is evidenced by the 2007 vintage being judged best museum class entry at this year’s Amorim Tsogo Sun Cap Classique Challenge. The recently released 2012 (R95 a bottle) appears extraordinarily primary right now – lightly fruity with a subtle yeasty character, [...]

November 6, 2013
by Christian
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