Weekend with Carl at the Paarl wine farm. Drunk at Reubens restaurant, Franschoek, 16/ 11/ 2008. Half bottle. Drunk with fillet steak. Top Chateauneuf-du- Pape. Colour deep ruby. Nose shy, hints of spice, cloves. Herbaceous. Palate. Intense, rich, ripe tannins.… Continue reading

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A tale of Pinotage

Soon after arriving in the Cape, Jan van Riebeeck set about the task of making wine. On February 2, 1659 he wrote in his diary: ‘Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes.”… Continue reading


Grapple with the grape (from the Mail & Guardian)

The world of marketing reflects that we live in a universe that is very much concerned with image and style.With the reintroduction of South Africa to the global market, ‘Brand South Africa” has become a catchphrase that marketers are using… Continue reading

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Four great wines I drank with Owen Williams

I met the late Owen Williams quite by accident. My mother had been friendly with the mother of an ex- girlfriend of mine, and she had suggested that she meet Owen Williams for tea and give him a lift to… Continue reading

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Le Bonheur

Finally, Le Bonheur in Stellenbosch. With all the new trendy wineries on the scene in SA we don’t seem to hear much about Le Bonheur these days. But they made great Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1980’s. An edition of the… Continue reading

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At the moment I have the problem that many of the dry whites in my cellar are coming out oxidised. I am not sure why. But my sweet wines are fine. Armin is my fishing friend. He is in the… Continue reading

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My late friend George Shuttleworth was quite a character. He died recently at the age of 96. It was genetic. He had five brothers and they all lived into their 90’s.  George was really big and tall and strong. Even… Continue reading

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Plasier de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon and how it changed SA red wine

Plasier de Merle, flagship farm for Distell and supplier of top grapes to Nederberg in the Paarl/ Simonsberg region really changed the style of South African Cabernet Sauvignon with their 1994 vintage. Although John Platter lists them as being established… Continue reading

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Klein Constantia is a ten minutes drive from my house. It is part of the Constantia Wine Route. I love the drive to Klein Constantia, through the greenery, tall trees, winding roads and beautiful terraced vineyard slopes. Klein Constantia has… Continue reading

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I first met Anthony Hamilton Russell, the owner of Hamilton Russell vineyards in I think 1995.  It was the year as I have already discussed that I rediscovered wine through Jascha. Cape Gate, our family business was having some sort… Continue reading

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