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Harvest at Gabrielskloof: managing red wine ferments

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Foot treading a whole-bunch ferment to release some juice I’ve been enjoying working with some of the red wine fermentations this week. Wines are fermented here in two different formats. First, there are the small poly bins which take about a ton and a half of grapes, and which are suitable for small lots, or [...]

Harvest at Gabrielskloof: collecting grapes

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Driving through the Swartland The producers working in the Gabrielskloof cellar in Botriver – Peter-Allan Finlayson, Marelise Niemann and John Seccombe – all buy grapes from growers spread across the various Cape wine regions. This means that there’s quite a bit of driving around during vintage time. You need to go to the vineyards to [...]

Harvest at Gabrielskloof, pressing Grenache Gris and barrel work

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With four different producers working in the same cellar space, there’s always plenty going on at Gabrielskloof, especially because I’m here right in the peak period of harvest. Here are a couple of things I got up to on the same morning. Above we have Marelise Niemann’s Grenache Gris (this will be released under her [...]

Harvest at Gabrielskloof: vineyard sampling

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One of the most critical decisions at harvest time is when to pick the grapes. Pick too soon or too late and your wine won’t reflect its vineyard origins: you end up with a wine of style. And picking late also results in grapes that need lots of additions in the winery. It’s for this [...]

Two from Tokaji star Disznókő, one dry, one sweet

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Two wines from leading Tokaji producer Disznókő: one dry and one sweet. Disznókő Tokaji Dry Furmint 2016 Tokaji, Hungary 12.5% alcohol. This is crisp, fresh and fruity with a nice stony edge to the lemon and pear fruit. Subtle herbal notes, too. It’s quite a stony, mineral wine with a light body and good acidity. A bit Chablis [...]

Winemaking at Gabrielskloof: pressing Chenin Blanc and sorting Pinot Noir

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My first day in the cellar at Gabrielskloof was a busy one. This cellar is shared by Peter-Allan Finlayson (who makes Crystallum wines, and also Gabrielskloof, his wife Nicolene’s family winery), John Seccombe (Thorne and Daughters), and Marelise Niemann (Momento), and this means there’s plenty going on. The day started with some pressing of Chenin Blanc. [...]

Some lovely South African whites: Crystallum, Gabrielskloof, Momento, Thorne and Daughters

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My first night in South Africa began well. I’m staying here 11 days, working vintage in the cellar at Gabrielskloof, a space shared by four of South Africa’s most interesting producers. It should be a fun time. In addition to Gabrielskloof, there’s Crystallum, Thorne and Daughters and Momento. Friday night was intern braai night, and [...]

Some thoughts on wine quality: an intrinsic or extrinsic property of a wine?

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  How do we define quality in a wine? Is it an intrinsic or extrinsic property of the wine? That is, is quality something that a wine possesses independent of the occasion of drinking, or the drinker, or not? The most useful definition of quality is fitness for purpose. We can no more ask someone what the [...]

Off to South Africa, drinking a Chenin in the lounge

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I’m in the BA lounge, on the way to South Africa. Tried through the wines, and this was the pick of a rather underwhelming bunch. I’m quite tired: I’ve only just got back from New Zealand, and I’ve had a busy few days in London. I shall definitely sleep on the plane. Oldenburg Chenin Blanc 2016 [...]

Wines of the year, as decided by Instagram (2)

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Following on from my earlier post, looking at the most popular wines on my Instagram feed in 2017, here’s the next batch of wines. We begin with the Jura, and a hot favourite is Ganevat. I begin with this Vines de Mon Pere, drunk with Mr Wregg. Only in magnum. Amazing. This is a red – Plousard [...]

Champagne Gosset Grande Réserve Brut NV France

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This is a multivintage blend, bringing together wines from three vintages, and it’s aged on lees for four years, adding extra complexity. This is a bold, powerful, gastronomic Champagne. There’s no malolactic fermentation, which keeps the acidity brisk and keen. Lots of interest here, and I also love the distinctive bottle shape, which is really [...]

Can outsiders help Central Otago Pinot Noir discover itself? A seminar with Ted Lemon, PJ Charteris and François Millet

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Paul Pujol, Chair of Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2018 One of the highlights of the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration was a seminar focusing on how outside experience with Pinot has had an influence on the region. ‘This room is full of winemakers, most of who are from somewhere else!’ began celebration chair, Paul [...]

Domaine Labet Les Parcelles Rares Trousseau 2016 Côtes du Jura

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Had this at lunch yesterday courtesy of Ashleigh Barrowman of Scotch Wine Bar. It’s a quite beautiful wine, but initially on the nose it is a little scary, with some animal pretty notes (this is a natural wine with no added sulfites and total SO2 of 7 mg/litre). But it’s not a faulty wine: once [...]

Take part in a wine study

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Dr Wendy Parr is an academic researching the way we perceive wine, based in New Zealand. She and a research group from France are looking for participants in a study. All you have to do is answer, anonymously, a set of questions. The link is here. Wendy and her colleagues are serious scientists and the research they’ve [...]

Wines of the year, as decided by Instagram (1)

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It’s just turned February, and I realise that I’ve not done a wines of the year compilation for 2017. This is a major oversight: such a list is pretty much compulsory for anyone who writes about wine on the internet. But rather than select my favourite bottles, I thought I’d leave it to Instagram to [...]

Hervé Souhaut Syrah 2016: seductive, smashable

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I’ve been an admirer of the wines of Hervé Souhaut for a while. I remember taking his Syrah as one of my three wines when I was taking part in the Swartland Revolution in 2011, and it went down really well. I also recently reviewed his Gamay, La Souteronne, here. He’s based in the northern [...]

Adventures in New Zealand’s South Island

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The stunning Milford Sound, which is actually a fjord I’m just back from a rather magical few days in the South Island of New Zealand, a trip which took in two wine events (the Hamner Southern Pinot workshop and Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration), and some sightseeing. We drove down to Hamner on the newly [...]

Two Hermit Rams: distinctive, natural Pinot Noirs from North Canterbury

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Theo Coles makes the wines of Kalex, in Central Otago. But he also has his own brand, Hermit Ram, which is based in North Canterbury. These two Pinot Noirs are both quite different, but are equally compelling. The first comes from a tiny (1200 vine) close-planted (7000 vines/ha) vineyard in the Waipara Valley. It’s on a [...]

Interesting Marlborough: exploring Gewurztraminer with Spy Valley

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Paul Bourgeois, Spy Valley Spy Valley is a medium-sized winery in Marlborough terms, with 250 hectares of vineyards spread over four sites. The home site is in the Waihopai Valley, and when Bryan and Jan Johnson first began their winery, they were pioneers here, planting most of the vineyard in 1993 and then doing some [...]

Exploring Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Elaine, Adam and Sam This year, the theme for the formal tasting at the Central Otago Pinot Celebration was Pinot from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The session was ably led by Elaine Brown, who has spent a lot of time in Oregon, with two Oregon winemakers: Adam Campbell of Elk Cove and Sam Tannahill [...]

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