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Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc 2002

The Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc 2002, winner of the Chenin Blanc Challenge as convened by Wine magazine in 2005, famously had a residual sugar of 15.7g/l. It’s a decade on and a wine of similarly high RS would now not be eligible for entry into what the Chenin Blanc Challenge has morphed into, namely the […]

January 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Constantia Nectar 2009

Constantia Nectar 2009 is a natural sweet wine from Muscat de Frontignan grown on the property Huis in Bos, Teddy Hall responsible for vinification. Only two vintages were ever produced – the 2009 and 2010 – grapes subsequently purchased by Klein Constantia for Vin de Constance. The wine comes in individually kiln-fired ceramic bottles and […]

July 4, 2014
by Christian
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DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc 2007

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 favourite wines of the year. Last night the 2007. From vineyards planted […]

December 11, 2012
by Christian
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Rudera Noble Late Harvest 2002

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 spending five months in new French barriques. Ten years on from vintage, it’s looking splendid: […]

July 9, 2012
by Christian
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Rudera De Tradisie Chenin Blanc 2009

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 Riana and a succession of winemakers followed.  Wines under […]

January 27, 2012
by Christian
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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 of only 85 on the 100-point scale in light of the fact that prominent […]

August 25, 2011
by Christian
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Is SA Chenin Blanc really that good?

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 producers. Out of 155 wines tasted, Fairview’s […]

March 10, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc 2003

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 was undertaken for the February 2010 issue. If Sauvignon Blanc becomes more like […]

January 12, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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