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Sterhuis Pinot Noir 2013

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 has again come up with a wine which at R150 a bottle won’t leave you feeling short-changed. [...]

January 23, 2014
by Christian
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Sterhuis Chenin Blanc 2009

“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 Sterhuis Chenin Blanc 2009 (restaurant price: R110 a bottle, [...]

January 11, 2013
by Christian
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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 subjecting them to a blind tasting. The top 10 wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Jordan Barrel Fermented [...]

October 3, 2012
by Christian
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Sterhuis Astra 2007

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. Leesy, nutty and even earthy notes on the nose before a palate that [...]

November 30, 2011
by Christian
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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 Belthatzar and Balducci’s restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Using Riedel [...]

April 28, 2011
by Christian
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Sterhuis Chardonnay 2007 vs. Meerlust Chardonnay 2007

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 consisting of T-bones, imported free-range ribeye from Namibia and their signature beef brisket boerewors. We dispensed with the notion [...]

December 13, 2010
by Christian
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Mooi Chenin Blanc Viognier 2009

Ansgar Flaaten, managing director of wine exporter Flavors of Wine and occasional WINE magazine tasting panel member sent me samples of the first two wines his company has released under the “Mooi” label, consisting of a Chardonnay 2009 and Chenin Blanc Viognier 2009. Flaaten feels there are a lot of vineyards not used to their [...]

September 7, 2010
by Christian
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Sterhuis Barrel Selection Chardonnay 2006

How long does top South African Chardonnay last? You know it ain’t going to be forever but for those of us who like secondary character, you want to push it as far as possible. Last night, we cooked nasi goreng with prawn and pork (except we didn’t have any pork so we use Stroganoff beef [...]

May 20, 2010
by Christian
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