What I Drank Last Night
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Rivendell Sauvignon Blanc 2012


It’s nearly August and judging for this year’s rounds of the Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition and the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge are concluded, results to be announced shortly. The FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition seems to be … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Verdelho 2013

KWV The Mentors Verdelho 2013

Yesterday KWV The Mentors new vintage launch at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock. The company was best producer at Veritas in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and again this year thanks in large part to the wines that … [Read more...]

Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2010


What stylistics predominate at the top-end of the South African Shiraz category? For a reference point, look no further than the 2010 vintage from Constantia property Eagles’ Nest – 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s plus, double gold at … [Read more...]

Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve

Seamless and subtle.

Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve (W.O. Western Cape) comes highly decorated – double gold at Veritas 2013 and trophy for best entry overall at the Cape Port Producers Association Port & Wine Challenge 2013. From Tinta Barocca, aged 12 … [Read more...]

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...]