Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

Regional Trophy, Villiera Monro Brut 2007.

The Decanter World Wine Awards results, now in its 9th year, were officially announced this morning. This annual international wine competition gets everybody really excited and I therefore feel obliged to share the list of South African Trophy and Gold winners:

Decanter Awards South African Regional Trophy Winners:

South African Single-Varietal Red over £10
Bellingham The Bernard Series, Bush Vine Pinotage 2010

South African Pinot Noir over £10
Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2010

South African Red Bordeaux Varietal over £10
Fleur Du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered 2010

South African Chardonnay over £10
Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2010

South African Red Rhône Varietals over £10
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show: views from an associate judge

Mr. Anthony I-dig-SA-Chenin Rose

“You are a bit of a young fogey at heart, aren’t you?” observed UK wine writer and international judge at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Anthony Rose. This rhetorical question was directed at me as I was defending a particular style of Chenin Blanc deemed to be ‘traditional’ and therefore less desirable.

We were seeking to identify the top Chenins – worthy of an Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Gold Medal –  and, unfortunately, the style I was punting just wasn’t as appealing as the more ‘luminous’ and bright styles in the line-up. “That is Jean Daneel [Chenin] five years ago,” noted panel chairman Christian Eedes, implying that we have moved beyond that. But I liked Jean Daneel’s Chenins then, and shoot me, but I still do. Continue reading

Stop saying Gorgeous!

I don’t think I’ve ever used the term ‘gorgeous’ so liberally, so continuously and so consecutively – but there really is only one word to describe the latest offering at Steenberg, which is why it is called exactly that. Gorgeous by Graham Beck is an intimate ‘Champagne’-styled bar offering the full range of Cap Classiques by Graham Beck along with canapés to match.  It is situated adjacent to the estate’s fine dining restaurant, Catharina’s, but don’t expect to find any indication of the old – this section of the building has been transformed into a cocoon straight out of a trendy décor catalogue.

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