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DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013

It recently emerged that James Molesworth of US publication Wine Spectator had scored the Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 from Stellenbosch property DeMorgenzon 94 on the 100-point scale, which caused me to re-look the wine. The last time I tasted it was in July last year and I found it rather shut down. Some time in [...]

February 27, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2014 – three SA wines

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took three places in 2014: 29. Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2012 – Score: 93 63. Buitenverwachting Sauvignon [...]

November 17, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

As part of the “Driving Cabernet” Day at Ernie Els Wines yesterday, a benchmarking exercise involving the three examples of the variety to be rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2014 against three international counterparts. The locals were Ernie Els Proprietor’s 2011, Rudera 2011 and Stark-Condé Three Pines 2011 while the wines from abroad were Concha [...]

August 13, 2014
by Christian
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Ashbourne Sandstone 2008

According to influential US magazine Wine Spectator, the 2008 vintage of white blend Sandstone under Anthony Hamilton Russell’s Ashbourne label is one of the top 100 wines of 2013 with a score of 93/100. At the launch of the Cape Vintner Classification association yesterday, a chance to taste this wine was afforded. A blend of [...]

December 10, 2013
by Christian
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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2013 – three SA wines

Each year, influential US magazine Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select theirTop 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took three places in 2013: 19. Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2012 – Score: 93 71. Ashbourne [...]

November 18, 2013
by Christian
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DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc 2007

The accolades for DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc just keep rolling in – 5 Stars for the maiden 2005 in Platter’s 2007, the 2009 placing among Wine Specator’s top 100 wines in 2011, the 2010 again 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013 and among Wine Enthusiast’s favourite wines of the year. Last night the 2007. From vineyards planted [...]

December 11, 2012
by Christian
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Anthonij Rupert 2007

A lot appears to ride on how James Molesworth, Wine Spectator senior editor responsible for South Africa, scores Anthonij Rupert 2007 but I suspect we’re dealing with a 95-pointer. The maiden vintage of a Bordeaux-style red blend from Johann Rupert-owned Anthonij Rupert Wines in Franschhoek, it’s clearly intended to be a big ticket item. The [...]

September 26, 2012
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Wine Spectator rates the 2011 CWG Auction wines

James Molesworth of Wine Spectator recently posted his review of the wines to be sold at this year’s Cape Winemakers Guild auction, again highlighting the difference in the way the 100-point system is applied in the USA compared to here. Essentially, the 100-point system is applied much more narrowly in the US than it is [...]

September 26, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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