Saturday, 17 December 2011


Have gone HGVing in Yarra / Mornington until further notice, spotted this at Melbourne Airport.

Parlez-vous Sefrican? Methode Stellenoise?

and this Chinese BC wine glass at Melbourne's National Gallery Victoria.

And this one from the Zhou Dynasty

Thursday, 1 December 2011


Last night I went to the Taj in Cape Town to taste some Nederburg wines, excited at the prospect of tasting some Ingenuity white and red which are indeed impressive, creative blends. Then I tried II Centuries 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and was promptly blown away. It also revived the old cliche about the Cape's ability to produce wines which straddle the Old and New world displaying (restrained) new world fruit richness with old world savouriness.

Its a brilliant example of the unique place the Cape occupies in the wine world. Only 2000 bottles were made and sell at R400, a snip compared to what you would pay for Cru Classe Bordeaux of similar quality.

If you dont find any, try the II Centuries 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, while it doesn't quite recalibrate as much as the Cab, its also a very sexy, seductive wine and don't forget the Ingenuity and the Riesling and the Chenin and the Eminence and ....