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SA 2005 under review

Recently a tasting of 12 wines from the 2005 vintage courtesy of colleague Angela Lloyd (read her report here). Three flights of four as follows: Flight One – Vergelegen White, Boekenhoutskloof Semillon, Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay and Hartenberg Riesling; Flight Two – Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz, Quoin Rock Syrah, Waterford CWG Reserve and Waterford The [...]

April 20, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Waterford Estate Auction Reserve 2005

Wines made for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction often get criticised for being overdone but the Waterford Estate Auction Reserve 2005 drunk last night was looking marvellous. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Malbec, it was matured for 23 months in French oak, no indication given by the CWG site as [...]

February 7, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Chocolate and wine pairings in the winelands

Don’t believe those stick-in-the-muds who say that chocolate doesn’t pair with wine. When done well, there are few things as deliciously decadent. It’s a match made in heaven, if you will. But finding the perfect combination is a challenge. Wine’s acidity and tannin can clash with the creaminess and subtle flavor nuances of chocolate. So, [...]

November 6, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
with 1 Comment

Rust en Vrede Estate 1995

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 connection being that Arnold was winemaker at Rust en Vrede until leaving to start Waterford in 1998 [...]

August 6, 2013
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Waterford Chardonnay 2010

“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 flavour,” adds winemaker Mark le Roux. Yesterday a vertical from 2008 to 2012, the approach [...]

June 6, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Blackwater Cuvée Terra Lux Pinot Noir 2011

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 Fine Wines in Somerset West and was pretty impressed. Wine of Origin specified as [...]

March 5, 2013
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2008

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 by Gauteng music station Classic FM. I had been a member of [...]

August 24, 2012
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Waterford Chardonnay 2007

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 establishment’s signature zucchini fritti as well as bruschetta porcini for starters while [...]

December 23, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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