What I Drank Last Night
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The High Road Classique 2010

As the name suggests.

Do different wine competitions apply different aesthetics when it comes to deciding which wines get rewarded? You bet they do. The flagship Director’s Reserve 2010 from Stellenbosch négociant label The High Road won double gold at Veritas last year … [Read more...]

Boplaas Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve vs KWV 15 Year Old Alambic

Fire water.

It’s been a pleasure drinking two top brandies over the last while, namely Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve from Boplaas (R390 a bottle) and KWV 15 Year Old Alambic (R540). The rapier versus the broad sword, if you will. The Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve … [Read more...]

Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011

Classic.

Delaire Graff winemaker Morné Vrey is feeling pretty chuffed at the moment after his Chardonnay 2012 and Port-style  Cape Vintage 2011 won double gold medals at this year’s Veritas Awards. I tasted the entire portfolio yesterday and the Chardonnay is … [Read more...]

Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Over-cooked?

The 2012 vintage of Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc from Simonsig placed among the winners of the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Awards Top 10 as well as winning double gold at Veritas and the 2013 vintage has just been released at R65 a bottle. Whereas the 2012 was a … [Read more...]

Van Loveren Christina van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Does the business.

Last night a bottle of Van Loveren Christina van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc 2011, which won double gold (equivalent to a consensus score of 18 out of 20) at this year’s Veritas Awards. When colleague Meryl Weaver and I encountered it for Platter’s 2013, … [Read more...]

Nabygelegen Seventeen Twelve 2007

Decent.

When I encountered the 2007 vintage of Bordeaux-style red blend Seventeen Twelve (R125 a bottle) from Nabygelegen in Wellington for the 2012 edition of Platter’s, I deliberated long and hard whether or not to nominate it for 5 Stars but ultimately … [Read more...]