Meerlust Wine Estate: the pleasure of drinking

Source: Meerlust Wine Estate Wine Tasted Meerlust Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Rubicon, 2008 Year One of the WSET Diploma is done and dusted and in keeping with the metaphor I have dusted off my keyboard and returned to something that gives me great pleasure in addition to drinking wine – writing, or rather, rambling about it! At a […]

A Couple of Little Stars from South Africa

Wines Tasted Morgenster Estate 2005 Morgenster Estate 2003 Morgenster Estate 2001 Beyerskloof Wines, Pinotage Reserve 2011 Beyerskloof Wines, Field Blend 2008 Having recently emerged from the depths of study for my WSET Diploma spirits exam I find myself tasting wines from South Africa, and like Tersina Shieh in her recent article on Swartland producers, I am very […]

The Changing Face of Wines from South Africa

Image credit: Journey’s End Wines Tasted Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Chardonnay, 2011 Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Shiraz, 2007 Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Merlot, 2007 In a previous post I wrote about the challenges Chilean winemakers face in changing consumer perception of their wines, a perception usually formed at the time the wines first entered the market. Naturally, the […]