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DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc 2007

Large and in charge.

The accolades for DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc just keep rolling in – 5 Stars for the maiden 2005 in Platter’s 2007, the 2009 placing among Wine Specator’s top 100 wines in 2011, the 2010 again 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013 and among Wine Enthusiast’s … [Read more...]

Rudera Noble Late Harvest 2002

Curves in all the right places.

The Rudera Noble Late Harvest 2002 was made by the accomplished Teddy Hall when this was still his label. According to the 2004 edition of Platter’s, it features hand-selected botrytised Chenin Blanc berries and was 100% native yeast fermented before … [Read more...]

Rudera De Tradisie Chenin Blanc 2009

Rudera winemaker Adele Swart.

The Rudera brand has had its ups and downs in recent times but finally seems to have a happy and potentially prosperous future ahead of it. It was founded by renowned winemaker Teddy Hall and wife Riana in 1999 but when they split, ownership fell to … [Read more...]

Wine rating systems analysed


Publication of my ratings of the wines to be sold on the Cape Winemakers Guild auction (see here) has caused some controversy. Teddy Hall said he was initially “devastated” when his Hendrik Biebouw Auction Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010 received a score … [Read more...]

Is SA Chenin Blanc really that good?

Cees van Casteren

I’m still waiting for my April issue of Decanter to arrive in the letter box, but a recent posting on A Word from the Herd, the Fairview Wine blog alerted me to a tasting report in the UK magazine that is going to upset many local Chenin Blanc … [Read more...]

Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc 2003

Ruder Robusto Chenin Blanc 2003 - drunk a year too late?

How wine styles change. The Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc 2002 which won the 2005 Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge famously had a residual sugar of 15.7g/l. It picked up 4½ Stars then, a rating it retained  when a retrospective of previous winners … [Read more...]