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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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Stellenrust Douwe Steyn 2009

A chance visit to Stellenrust in Stellenbosch today provided the opportunity to taste the Douwe Steyn 2009, another extraordinary example of Cabernet Sauvignon from this district. Grapes come from bush vines planted in 1942 and the wine was matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new. It’s wonderfully detailed with notes of red fruit, [...]

August 20, 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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Tim James: A gift of Cab-Cinsaut

Wine journalists obviously – or should – draw a line between gifts and necessary samples. A clear, strong line, but even if you accept that it’s there and should be, not always easy to discern, and perhaps too often blurred by the receiver. Or the sender: A few months back I was irritated to receive [...]

July 6, 2015
by Tim James
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Stellenrust 49 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013

The Stellenrust standard label Chenin Blanc 2014 placed among the winners of the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge last year but what of the Super Premium 49 Barrel Fermented 2013? The changing number on the label indicates vine age and the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation, this taking seven months to finish, the wine [...]

April 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2014: Top 10 wines

The fourth annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Wealth is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. The top 10 wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Hartenberg The Eleanor [...]

October 17, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Stellenrust “48” Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2012

Yesterday the Chenin Blanc Winter Showcase hosted by the Chenin Blanc Association – wines made in a “richer, fuller, riper style” which will make good drinking in the cold months ahead available for tasting. Even so, I would contend there’s been a significant stylistic shift at the top-end of the category in the last decade [...]

April 17, 2014
by Christian
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Domaine Huet Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec Vouvray 2001

Wouldn’t it be great if Nando’s or Ocean Basket sponsored an annual Chenin Blanc Challenge – the best examples served in casual dining restaurants across the land? Yesterday a blind tasting of 11 local examples interspersed with four French wines (an informal affair conducted among friends) and once again I was left feeling that while [...]

February 17, 2014
by Christian
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