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Christine discovers wines of the world

Towards the end of this year we decided to help Christine learn about international wine and initiated a study programme for her to learn about a different wine region each month or two. We have so far learnt about the Left Bank and Right Bank of Bordeaux focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot respectively. Last month’s focus was on Rhone and Syrah.

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We started the evening with Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Brut NV magnums on arrival. Christine’s presentation focused on Cote Rotie, Saint Joseph, Cotes du Rhone, Hermitage, Croze hermitage, Cornas and Chateneuf du Pape.

We tasted four Rhone wines in the first flight:

  • Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine Vieux Telegraphe “La Crau” 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Domaine La Roquette 2010
  • Saint Joseph Yves Cuilleron 2010
  • Crozes Hermitage Domaine des Lises 2010

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Two wines from the Southern Rhone (Chateauneuf du Pape) and two from the Northern Rhone. 2010 was an excellent vintage & all the wines showed beautifully. The favourite by a small margin was the Vieux Telegraphe.

For the second flight, we tasted four wines blind:

  • Cornas Alain Voge Les Vieilles Fontaines 2010 (scored 100 points by Parker) – valued at around R3500 a bottle.
  • De Trafford Blueprint Shiraz 2012 (Platter five stars and red wine of the year with Platter’s South African Wine Guide for 2015)
  • De Trafford Syrah 393 2012 (Platter 4.5 stars)
  • Sijnn Syrah 2012 (Platter 4.5 stars)

Although some of the guests guessed the French wine, which in my opinion lived up to it’s status, the two De Trafford wines and the Sijnn Syrah looked comfortable in the same company. More importantly they all expressed both site & Syrah.


To finish off the evening we enjoyed Chateauneuf du Pape Vieux Telegraphe “La Crau” 2006, De Trafford Syrah 393 2008 (Platter Red Wine of the Year 2011) and Sijnn Syrah 2011 (Platter five stars) with our dinner. The foreign wines were sourced from the Wine Cellar & Great Domaines.

Last but not least we were treated to a lovely cheesecake served with the De Trafford Straw Wine 2012.

Michelle & Ingrid at Greengate Deli did a great job with the food. They are open all day every day but only open on Friday & Saturday evenings. It was a real treat having the place to ourselves, and have the honour of being their invoice No.1!

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The next tasting will be in January on Chenin Blanc & the Loire.

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