What I Drank Last Night
Good Booze. Good Food. Good Company.


Circumstance Cabernet Franc 2012 vs Oldenburg Cabernet Franc 2011

Overcooked.

If you take Raats Cabernet Franc and historically the Cab-Franc led Cordoba Crescendo as reference points, then clearly the variety is capable of greatness under local conditions but on the whole it seems to be particularly tricky to work with, as … [Read more...]

Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Keep off the grass.

Why would you want a Sauvignon Blanc reminiscent of grass clippings when it can be all about fruit? The Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Waterkloof in Somerset West is on the money showing intense white peach but also hints of lime and green … [Read more...]

Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsaut 2012

Purple heart.

The Seriously Cool Cinsaut from Waterkloof in Somerset West (R95 a bottle) is another wine which lends momentum to the revival of this variety we seem to be witnessing. From Helderberg bushvines planted in 1964 and 1974, the wine underwent … [Read more...]

Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Unorthodox.

It says something about the Sauvignon Blanc from Waterkloof on the slopes of the Schapenberg that I’ve written about it as often as I have. I liked the 2008 well enough here, was blown away by the 2009 here and then was underwhelmed by it here and … [Read more...]

Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvèdre 2012

Not insufferable.

Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvèdre from Waterkloof in Somerset West is one of the few pink wines around that I’m able to bear. The 2012 (R85 a bottle) underwent spontaneous fermentation which took five months to complete and then spent a further five … [Read more...]

Hutcheson Port Colheita 1947

Old but not cold.

Last night, a glass or two of Hutcheson Port Colheita 1947, still pretty impressive despite the bottle having significant ullage. The occasion was dinner at Waterkloof restaurant, hosted by Cees van Casteren to celebrate his Master of Wine … [Read more...]