Drunk, Wine Reviews

Crystallum New Releases and/or Launch


Pinot Noir is the cliche grape. No other variety gets bombarded with more hackneyed descriptions, casually sexist metaphors, and marketing nonsense. Seriously. Is there nothing more we can say about Pinot Noir than it being a feminine, heartbreaking, difficult, expensive, steel-fisted, velvet-gloved, grape? Of course we can. Burgundy. And South African wine people say it over and over and over.

I think I’ve written before about how South African wine people are too damn worried about how our wines taste compared to more famous international examples. We have a huge inferiority complex. Whether this has come from years of burnt rubber accusations, hundred and thousands of litres of shitty bulk wine, or apartheid, I don’t know. But it is there.  Continue reading “Crystallum New Releases and/or Launch”

Opinion, Rants, and Stories, Wine Reviews

Iona Chardonnay 2012 and a Musing or Two

iona chard 2012

Have you ever tasted a wine and been unsure of yourself? In blind tastings this will happen almost immediately, but I’m talking about a sighted, straighforward tasting. You taste a bit of wine and just are not sure what you think. It’s weird. It doesn’t happen that often to me, especially with straightforward wines, but it happened last night, and it’s why I’m sitting here at 9:30 am with a small pour of Iona Chardonnay in front of me, awaiting my final decision. Continue reading “Iona Chardonnay 2012 and a Musing or Two”

Wine Reviews

Migliarina Elgin Chardonnay 2012 – Fokken Lekker

Migliarina chard

Many South African wine drinkers who enjoy their Syrahs serious, and their producers small (you know the types, who are titilated by a hand drawn ’22/1784′ on the bottle) will know of Carsten Migliarina. He only makes around 1200 cases of his own wines of which Platter tells me 65% are red and 35% white. All of which makes this Chardonnay perfect for hipsters who love quality, and like to drink things no one else has.  Continue reading “Migliarina Elgin Chardonnay 2012 – Fokken Lekker”


Keeping the ball rolling

So, its been awhile. How you been doing?


Well I’ve been busy ferrying steaming plates of Wildebees, piping hot stews full of Kudu or Springbok, and an assortment of other beasts of the African plains  plates to the thousands of foreigners that joined us for the World Cup.

Now, as the waves of tourist slowly recede to the sounds of fading vuvuzelas, life offers up more time for me to prattle on about wine.

But what to prattle on about? Let’s see, Good wines recently?

The Rijks Chardonnay 2006 was very sexy. It is drinking well now, minerally and fresh with a buttery lemony lingering finish. Maybe a touch hot (alcohol showing) but it didn’t hamper my enjoyment. I love Chardonnay in winter: it simultaneously points toward the coming summer with its zappy citrus notes and comforts you in the cold by means of its rich and velvety mouth feel. Jordan’s Whole Nine Yards is a good wintery Chardonnay.

Bad wines? The David Frost Rhone Blend 2009. I think it is going to be an entry level wine for them as the price I was given at a blind tasting of Rhone Blends was around R30. This, I felt was R40 too expensive as I should have been paid R10 for tasting it. That might be a bit harsh, but this is hardly wine. No structure, very sweet, gross.

Not all golf themed wines are bad. The 2009 Shiraz from The Goose Wines is a delightfully bright and jubilant tipple. While extremely youthful it is by no means difficult to drink (if I wasn’t feeling fluish I would have nailed the second bottle). Fresh with a little violet character amongst bright red fruit. I really liked this wine. It is easy drinking, but not banal and my favourite golfer’s wine. I think it also sets a record for it being under R100. I know I said the David Frost was around R30, but I cannot in good conscious let that wine win anything. 

Funnily enough the tourists have receded at around the same time as all the gunk blocking up my nasal passages. So I am off to drink a glass or two at Signal Hill Wines then a Burgundy (although I reckon it is a Burgundy-like) tasting with Under the Influence.

Next up: I will taste a Solms-Delta Shiraz that is fortified but definitely not a Port and “violently dislike[d]” by Christian Eedes. Very exciting let me tell you.