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Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: #FoodiesVsWinos and the missing Steenberg

Recently footage of smash-and-grabs and attempted hijackings in Johannesburg have been making the rounds on Facebook. People falling victim to crime is unfortunately nothing new, but once shared on social media, the sense of fear becomes ever more pervasive. This was the case when a dear friend, psyching up for relocating from Cape Town to [...]

February 4, 2015
by Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
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Warwick The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

From all accounts unoaked Chardonnay is enjoying increasing commercial success locally but I remain bemused by it. Take the 2013 vintage of The First Lady from Warwick in Stellenbosch (R75 a bottle). Named in honour of the property’s matriarch Norma Ratcliffe, the back label explains that it was “deliberately crafted with a fruit-driven style in [...]

February 10, 2014
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Vilafonté Series C 2010

Man shapes the environment but does the environment shape man? Vilafonté is the joint venture between Mike Ratcliffe of Warwick in Stellenbosch and eminent US wine personalities Phil Freese and Zelma Long. First bottling was 2003 and I’ve struggled with the wines in the past on account of how premeditated they appear. Technically correct but [...]

December 21, 2012
by Christian
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Warwick Trilogy 2009

Warwick in Stellenbosch has released its Cabernet Franc as well as its Bordeaux-style red blend Trilogy from the acclaimed 2009 vintage. Scores and tasting notes below: Warwick Cabernet Franc 2009: 15/20 Price: R250 24 months in French oak, 45% new. Prominent oak (coffee, toffee notes) as well as slight herbal note on the nose. Also [...]

July 12, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2010

Sipping on Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2010 after watching !WAR – Women Art Revolution last night, I felt duly conscientised. I’ve always thought that referring to wine as either “feminine” or a “masculine” isn’t helpful and particularly so just then. !WAR – Women Art Revolution is a documentary by American artist Lynn Hershman Leeson about [...]

February 24, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

SA wine in new Bond book

From the October issue of GQ: As a figure of popular culture, special agent James Bond captures the imagination in many ways: he’s debonair of dress, good at one-liners, irresistible to women, handy with any sort of weaponry, gets to drive the coolest cars and, of course, always vanquishes the villain. For wine geeks, there [...]

November 1, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Château Sociando-Mallet 2001

Last night a blind tasting of Bordeaux 2001 vs. Stellenbosch 2001 at Wine Cellar, providers of a fine wine brokerage service and cellaring facilities. Wine of the night for me was Sociando-Mallet. Situated in the commune of St-Seurin north of St-Estèphe, it is not ranked in the official classification of 1855 (not existing at the [...]

August 11, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Grangehurst Nikela 2001 vs. Kanonkop CWG 2001

Tuesday night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening wines from the 2001 vintage. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. Whites Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2001 18/20 Klein Constantia Rhine Riesling 2001 15/20 Reds Meerlust Rubicon 2001 17.5/20 Grangehurst Nikela 2001 17/20 [...]

July 7, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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