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Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz 2003

It’s the new-wave Swartland producers who are getting all the coverage when it comes to Shiraz, but it would be foolish to overlook established producers like Saxenburg in Stellenbosch in considering who our best practitioners are. Winemaker Nico van der Merwe has been at it since 1990 and has achieved almost countless accolades for his [...]

July 11, 2012
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Jean Daneel Signature Series Chenin Blanc 2006

What is to become of the Chenin Blanc Challenge now that Wine magazine is no longer? Held for the first time in 1996, it was the longest running of any of the wine competitions convened by the title and played at least a small role in rehabilitating the reputation of the variety. Over the course [...]

January 13, 2012
by Christian
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Domaine Drouhin Laurène Oregon Pinot Noir 2000

Yesterday was the third anniversary of my dad Harold’s death so supper with mum and a chance to raid the cellar. Nothing too special after lunch at top Cape Town restaurant Bizerca courtesy of Flat Roof Manor but at least something not entirely beneath his memory. Domaine Drouhin Laurène Oregon Pinot Noir 2000 proved big, [...]

July 21, 2011
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BRENN-O-KEM Wine magazine Shiraz Challenge 2011 results

Land’s End Syrah 2008 is the winner of the eighth annual Wine magazine Shiraz Challenge, this year sponsored by BRENN-O-KEM, which processes wine industry by-products. Wine of Origin Elim but the Land’s End brand is owned by Dave Hidden of Hidden Valley Wines in Stellenbosch and grapes are trucked across to the cellar, where Louis [...]

July 20, 2011
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Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Shiraz 2009

With at least some Shiraz enthusiasts on tenterhooks regarding who will be announced winner of the eighth annual and apparently last Wine magazine Shiraz Challenge (this year sponsored by Brenn-O-Kem), let me alert you to the rather good Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Shiraz 2009 costing R65 a bottle from the tasting room. Grapes are from [...]

July 19, 2011
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Rietvallei Red Muscadel 1979

Yesterday the 2009, 1999, 1989 and 1979 vintages of Red Muscadel from Robertson estate Rietvallei. Maiden vintage under own label was 1975 and early bottlings were adorned with a crest inadvertently appropriated from the Spanish royal family, removed after a terse letter from the true owners. Read the full story about Rietvallei Muscadel with particular [...]

July 13, 2011
by Christian
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Wine magazine to close

The official media release from RamsayMedia regarding the closure of Wine magazine: Media Release 8 July 2011 Wine goes digital RamsayMedia announced today that the September 2011 issue of Wine magazine will be the final printed edition of this venerable publication. “While we are excited by the possibilities of the core offering moving from print [...]

July 8, 2011
by Christian
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Viljoensdrft River Grandeur Cape Blend 2009

High alcohols on South African wines has been much debated in recent times but what of the matter of residual sugars which also seem to be creeping ever upwards? Sweetness can be seductive, the Obikwa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 a recent case in point, its RS of over 5g/l (and hence technically semi-sweet) no impediment to [...]

June 3, 2011
by Christian
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