What I Drank Last Night
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Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz 2003

Class in a glass.

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 … [Read more...]

Jean Daneel Signature Series Chenin Blanc 2006

Scruffy label. Very tidy wine.

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 … [Read more...]

Domaine Drouhin Laurène Oregon Pinot Noir 2000

Here's to you, pops.

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 … [Read more...]

BRENN-O-KEM Wine magazine Shiraz Challenge 2011 results

Cool climate is like so in, you know.

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 … [Read more...]

Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Shiraz 2009

Nederburg's Razvan Macici with one of the 800 000 bottles of Winemaster's Reserve Shiraz

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 … [Read more...]

Rietvallei Red Muscadel 1979

Dark matter.

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 … [Read more...]