What I Drank Last Night
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Hermit on the Hill The White Knight 2009

Slayer of dragons.

On Sunday, a blind tasting exploring top-end Sauvignon Blanc. [Please note: This was a informal affair conducted among friends. The scores below are my own.] All wines from the 2009 vintage, all bar the Hermit on the Hill single property wines, some … [Read more...]

Tokara White 2006


When did the phenomenon that is white blends from Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon begin in South Africa begin? I think most observers will credit Vergelegen’s André van Rensburg as being father of the movement with the first vintage of that property’s … [Read more...]

Vergelegen GVB White 2011

Pretty as a picture.

Plenty to attract the punter to Somerset West property Vergelegen: two restaurants, namely the de luxe Camphors and the more casual Stables (complete with well-appointed children’s play area) and magnificent gardens. But most pleasing from a … [Read more...]

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2005


On Sunday, a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. 1.= Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2005 Slight tertiary … [Read more...]

Vergelegen DNA 2006

Don 'n André's wine?

Vergelegen in Somerset West receives some 75 000 visitors annually and looks to be gearing up for even more with the official opening of the new Wine Tasting Centre and The Stables bistro-style restaurant yesterday.  The former Vergelegen restaurant … [Read more...]

Vergelegen Red 2002

Drink up.

The 2002 vintage in the greater Stellenbosch area was a viticulturist’s nightmare – rain, mildew and the occasional heatwave. Presuming you didn’t take the pragmatic approach and drink them early on, curious to see how such wines are doing 10 years … [Read more...]