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We love Chardonnay; so what can be better than spending a Friday afternoon sampling the Top 10 Chardonnays in SA? The fourth annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report sponsored by Sanlam Wealth was released on Friday. Chosen (again) by a panel of expert tasters (Christian Eedes, Roland Peens & James Pietersen) from 60 wines (all invited entries).
The 5-star wines:
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Natural wine making – the process of making wine with as little wine maker influence as possible. Or as Wikipedia calls it “natural wines are wines that are produced without adding or removing anything during winemaking, although some growers add tiny quantities of sulphites at bottling.” South Africa’s number 1 champion for the natural wine making cause is Craig Hawkins from Lammershoek and who owns the brand Testalonga.
We randomly came across the first vintage of Craig Hawkins’ Testalonga El Bandito in 2010 during a drunken night in Riebeek Kasteel. We were smitten with the 2009 El Bandito but had no idea who made it. Coincidentally we had booked an appointment the following day at Lammershoek and promptly discovered that the Lammershoek wine maker is the same guy who made our favourite wine from the night before. We tasted the Lammershoek range (with a hangover so bad, if it was a human it would’ve been a morbidly obese guy with a five o clock shadow, a sweaty face, a hairy back and a penchant for dressing in latex) and purchased a car boot full of Lammershoek and Testalonga wine.
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Wine (noun): An alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients.
Yawning already? Reaching for a glass of your favourite wine that your cousin looks at with a raised eyebrow? Wine is really not that boring! Just chat to Cathy Marston, glass in hand, for 5 minutes and those grape skin curtains will part revealing the wonders behind the stuff in your glass. Or…just buy her new book “Love your Wine” – the title really says it all.
Just Wine 2012 Mullineix Iron Syrah, 2012 Mullineux Granite Syrah, 2012 Mullineux Syrah, 2013 Granite Chenin Blanc, 2013 Mullineux Schist Chenin Blanc, 2013 Mullineux White, Andrea Mullineux, Caroline's Fine Wine, Chenin Blanc, Chris Mullineux, granite, iron, Kasteelberg, Malmesbury, Mullimeux Wine Club, Mullineux, Mullineux and Leeu Family WInes, Riebeek Kasteel, schist, shale, single terroir, single terror wines, South Africa, Swartland, Syrah, terror, Wine Ce;;ar, wine geek
Mullineux: Synonymous with quality wines. Listen to Chris or Andrea Mullineux talk about their wine you hear words like “balance, sense of harmony and elegance” more than once. You taste it all, when you drink their wines. We recently had the privilege to taste the same vintage (2013 for the whites and 2012 for the reds) and the full compliment of their portfolio as they do not release all the single terroir wines every year.
Andrea & Chris Mullineux
The white wine range has now been extended to 3: More
Just Wine Bridget Johnsen, France, French A.O.C., Julian Johnsen, Limoux, Matthew Copeland, MCC, Methode Ancestral, Paardeberg Mountain, Paarl, Rurale, South Africa, Vondeling Rurale 2012 Methode Ancestral, Vondeling Wines, Voor Paardeberg
We are great fans of Vondeling and their wines. The wines are excellent value for money and, most importantly, bloody delicious. Family and friends have forcibly been introduced to their delights over the years and we can happily say they now bring Vondeling to us when visiting (a win-win situation for all concerned).
Vondeling has just released another winner: Vondeling Rurale 2013 Mèthode Ancestral. Mèthode Ancestrale was originally produced in the Limoux region of France, as far back as 1531, and is in all likelihood the original method of producing sparkling wine. The name Rurale is the original name for what was later recognized by the French A.O.C as Mèthode Ancestral. More
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Foliage (noun): The leaves of a plant or of many plants. Chef Chris Erasmus’s new venture in Franschhoek is called “Foliage”; a reference to his forest-to-plate philosophy and showcasing his foraging skills.
The first impression of Foliage is warmth. The moment you open the front door, a wave of welcome envelopes you; the muted tones of contented guests, an occasional burst of laughter and the ever present comforting kitchen aromas contribute to a feeling of wellbeing even before you’ve even seen the menu. More
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On Sunday evening an all too infrequent (these days) excursion to La Mouette in Sea Point. A special occasion justifies a unique wine and up steps the Newton Johnson Granum 2012.
We’ve long been big fans of Newton Johnson’s wines and I’ve made no secret in the past that they are my favourite local producer of Pinot Noir. The main reason for that being that their wines are elegant and relies on purity of fruit, expression of site and not on heavy extraction, very ripe fruit and oak to prop up the wines.
Events, Just Wine Bernhard Veller, Cape Town, Christian Eedes, Durbanville, Elgin, Foodbarn, Franck Dangereux, Henry Kotze, Highlands Road, Highlands Road Sine Cera 2012, Hout Bay, James Pietersen, Michael White, Morgenster, Morgenster 2013, Nitida, Nitida Coronata Integration 2013, Riscura, Roland Peens, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, South Africa, Stellenbosch, Tintswalo Lodge, White Bordeaux
White Bordeaux style wines will always fall into the “niche” category in South Africa, making them almost invisible to the supermarket crowd and a little intimidating to people starting out their wine exploration journey. The Christian Eedes and Riscura White Hot Wine Awards (now in its second year) aims to recognise these wines and award the wine makers who keep producing these wines that surely are not at the top of any wine farm accountant’s profitability list.
This year’s entries were judged by the now familiar panel of Christian Eedes, Roland Peens and James Pietersen (our very own The Navigator was an associate judge on the panel). They had the heart breaking task of selecting the top 3 wines from 41 Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends submitted. The Top 3 wines (all awarded 5 stars) are: More
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Riesling is one of the noble grape varieties that can produce a vast range of wine styles. South African wine makers, having only figured out how to separate their Crouchen Blanc from their Rhine Riesling very recently, are now producing a few good examples of the variety.
Hartenberg Estate in Stellenbosch produces a few Rieslings in different styles that are quite delicious. The Tenacity Riesling 2011 (only available at the farm) is made in limited quantities (only 935 bottles for the 2011). The wine is fermented dry, on the lees, for 8 to 12 months in small French barrels. More
Just Wine Cabernet Sauvignon, CS 412 clone, Ernie Els, Ernie Els Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Ernie Els WIne Estate, Gironde clone, Louis Strydom, South Africa, Stellenbosch
We were recently invited to Ernie Els Wine Estate to participate in the planting of the CS 412 “Gironde” clone of Cabernet Sauvignon; a first in South Africa. Being lovers of anything remotely wine geeky, we lapped up all the information Louis Strydom (winemaker) generously shared about Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in SA and the style of wine the different clones produce.
We’ll probably have to wait until 2021 to see what CS 412 will be like in the bottle, if the vines we planted survive being manhandled by amateurs! In the meantime, we’ll have to “make do” with the delicious Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2011; still an infant in the greater scheme of Cabernet ageing. More