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Wines that deserve a place at the high table


Wines that deserve a place at the high table

From ‘narrative luxury’ to a sense of deluxe, you don’t get more luxurious than these statement offerings

Michael Fridjhon

Great wines are not always interesting, nor are interesting wines always great. Wines which do not pretend to greatness should at least deliver interest and entertainment value. This was particularly evident to me while sampling a couple of range presentations by craft producers visiting Gauteng with their latest releases, as well as the usual eclectic lineups assembled several times a week in my tasting room.

I was treated to a generous spread of classic cultivars (probably 10 of each) and a handful of some pretty obscure varieties. Prices ranged from about R1,000 a bottle down to about R70. Most reflected considered and thoughtful winemaking: there was very little junk.

Bottles presented in my tasting room are sampled “blind” — in other words, labels out of sight. (These are the only wines I score — and a selection from my latest ratings appears below). Wines which are “talked through” by winemakers explaining what they are aiming to achieve are obviously tasted sighted...

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