What I Drank Last Night
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Sterhuis Pinot Noir 2013

Johan Kruger of Sterhuis.

Since first bottling in 2002, Sterhuis in the Bottelary ward of Stellenbosch has developed a reputation for unfussy yet worthy wines, the Chardonnay Barrel Selection a particular standout. Winemaker Johan Kruger has now attempted a Pinot Noir and … [Read more...]

Sterhuis Chenin Blanc 2009

"Food wine".

“Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche” was the title of a 1982 book by US author Bruce Feirstein but the Quiche Lorraine at Joostenberg Bistro is so damn tasty all machismo must be discarded. I ordered one as a starter yesterday and it paired perfectly with the … [Read more...]

Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2012: Top 10 Wines


The second annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Investments 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 … [Read more...]

Sterhuis Astra 2007

A shining light.

The maiden vintage 2006 of this Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc blend from Johan Kruger of Sterhuis in Bottelary famously rated 5 Stars in the 2009 edition of Platter’s. The 2007 is delicious right now although I suspect at its peak. … [Read more...]

Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2008


A tasting of ten examples of Viognier, the line-up including wines that have come to the fore in one context or another as among the best in category. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for … [Read more...]

Sterhuis Chardonnay 2007 vs. Meerlust Chardonnay 2007

Johan Kruger of Sterhuis.

Yesterday lunch with Johan Kruger of Bottelary property Sterhuis. “No Sauvignon Blanc and salad. This isn’t Durbanville and we aren’t rabbits,” he said. Meat was supplied by Daneel and Ruaan Liebenberg of Joey’s Vleisprodukte in Brackenfell … [Read more...]