What I Drank Last Night
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Warwick The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

Neither one thing nor the other.

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 … [Read more...]

Vilafonté Series C 2010

Immaculately turned out.

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 … [Read more...]

Warwick Trilogy 2009

Old school.

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% … [Read more...]

Glen Carlou Pinot Noir 2010

Time for a revolution.

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]