What I Drank Last Night
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Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Anytime, anywhere.

The challenge for wine marketers is how to move wine away from being the special interest of a particular few and towards popular culture. Steenberg in Constantia have launched a new product which features 1) bubbles, 2) easy-to-understand Sauvignon … [Read more...]

The RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2013: Top Three Wines

Results of the inaugural RisCura White Hot Wine Awards are now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 41 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends from 30 producers, either currently available or soon to be released, and then undertaking a blind … [Read more...]

Steenberg Nebbiolo 2011

Cherry bomb.

The change in stylistic direction on the soon-to-be released 2011 vintage of Nebbiolo from Steenberg is immediately noticeable and to be applauded. Whereas the 2010 (currently selling for R220) underwent malolactic fermentation in new oak and was … [Read more...]

Poderi Aldo Conterno Colonnello 2004

The business.

A recent review of M. Marengo Barolo Brunate 2008 generated much debate about what constituted good Barolo (see here). I thought it all a bit brutish but admittedly don’t drink enough of the stuff to argue my position with any conviction. Yesterday, … [Read more...]

Morgenster Italian Collection Nabucco 2009

Beautifully composed.

Yesterday a whizz through some examples of Nebbiolo, one of the great red grapes of Italy, typically high in acidity and firm of tannin. The variety is not widely planted in South Africa (25.09ha at the end of 2011) but Morgenster in Somerset West … [Read more...]

Steenberg Semillon 2011

The power of one.

Some grapes are destined to work better in blends than on their own. With respect to Argentina, who really wants to drink single-variety Malbec? Petit Verdot unaccompanied is always overbearing for me while Mourvèdre alone is just unnecessarily hard … [Read more...]