What I Drank Last Night
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Rust en Vrede Estate 1995

What memories are made of.

Over the weekend, a blind tasting focusing on three properties and two winemakers, all related in complicated fashion. The three properties were Rust en Vrede, Saronsberg and Waterford and the two winemakers Kevin Arnold and Dewaldt Heyns, the … [Read more...]

Waterford Chardonnay 2010

Site specific.

“If Cab is king, then Chardonnay is queen,” says Kevin Arnold, cellarmaster at Waterford in Stellenbosch. “Our Chardonnay comes from a single vineyard planted in 1988 and needs a lot of nursing. It’s slow ripening which contributes to depth of … [Read more...]

Blackwater Cuvée Terra Lux Pinot Noir 2011

Roars with flavour?

Blackwater is the label of Francois Haasbroek, formerly winemaker at Waterford in Stellenbosch. Continuing my fatal fascination with local Pinot Noir, I was compelled to buy a bottle of his Cuvée Terra Lux Pinot Noir 2011, R165 a bottle from Manuka … [Read more...]

Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2008

Old media.

Last night, dinner at Terroir, the restaurant on the Kleine Zalze property in Stellenbosch for the announcement of the Top 6 Shiraz as well as the Top 6 Dessert Wines as featured in the August/September issue of Classic Wine , the magazine published … [Read more...]

Waterford Chardonnay 2007

Crazy good.

Much is made of the paucity of decent restaurants in Cape Town’s southern suburbs but I’ve always found A Tavola in Claremont more than passable. I met my sister there for lunch yesterday for an end-of-year catch-up over lunch and we shared the … [Read more...]

Domaine Huet Le Haut Lieu Sec Vouvray 2010 vs. Skurfberg Olifantsrivier 2009

Snazzy Chenin.

“Summer drinking” was the theme for a tasting yesterday which might suggest an array of uncomplicated wines but in the end some pretty stuff got opened. Waterford 2000, a Cap Classique from 89% Chardonnay and 11% Pinot Noir, was in fine nick, the … [Read more...]