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Domaine Grier Grenache 2010

Rough rider.

The Griers of Villiera in Stellenbosch embarked on an international venture in 2006 when they invested in a small vineyard in the Roussillon region in the South of France and named Domaine Grier. Enamoured with local examples of Grenache at the … [Read more...]

Villiera Starlight Brut NV


Most low alcohol wines are insipid so I approached the Villiera Starlight Brut NV – The Light Cap Classique (R95 a bottle) with a fair degree of trepidation. It is, however, an entirely sound proposition. From 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% … [Read more...]

Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs 2007

White supremacy.

The stellar Villiera Monro Brut 2007 ( wine of show at this year’s Five Nations Wine Challenge, 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013) contains not only 34% Pinot Noir but 15% Pinot Meunier in addition to 51% Chardonnay, but in most instances I’m not sure what … [Read more...]

The great bubbly shoot-out

France 1st, SA, 2nd, SA 3rd.

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED out last Friday: The festive season lends itself to drinking bubbles but which bubbles? If you opt for Méthode Cap Classique, there’s always the anxiety that you’re forfeiting quality for economy … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Profoundly good.

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more … [Read more...]

Five Nations Wine Challenge 2012 results

Five Nations Wine Challenge

Results of this year’s Five Nations Wine Challenge between Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa have been announced. There were a total of 540 wines under scrutiny – five judges involved, one from each country participating; … [Read more...]