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Pump Overs

At Haskell Vineyards we are busy harvesting. We have finished harvesting the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon- all that is left to harvest is the Shiraz. Yesterday we had a look in the cellar to see what the guys are up to.  At the time Wikus and Sylvester were busy doing Pump overs – here’s [...]

From the cellar #9

Some wine experiences come from left field. Sitting in a Singapore restaurant last Monday night, we ( myself and a group of local wine lovers ) were approached by another diner in the restaurant who enquired if we would like to finish the half bottle he had left over. It had been a big night, [...]

From the cellar #8

Excuse the shoddy photography, but I’m at my desk, at night, and feeling inspired by this brilliant wine. So the iphone has been employed; sending a boy to do a mans job in this instance, but even a blurry pic tells part of the story. Firstly, for those not familiar with Schloss Lieser, a quick [...]

Comte Lafon Clos de la Barre Meursault 1994

All the talk about 1994 in Burgundy is about one of the worst vintages in history. Wet, wet and more wet. And in the main, most wines are pretty dire, many having given up the ghost many years ago, or if they are still alive, appear dilute and lacking authority. But this is a tale [...]

From the Cellar #7

Mauro Viglio Barolo 2007 Took some time to open up and express that essential ‘tar and roses’ character of Barolo, but when it did really showed some potential. Packed with tannin, but of the fine kind, and with impressive intensity of flavour without being sweet or over-ripe. Also tried the Langhe Nebbiolo from the same year, which [...]

From the Cellar #6

From the cellar #6: Domaine du Gros Nore’ Bandol 2007 Good to hear about how much the cork industry has improved the quality of cork- only problem is, they’re the only people telling this story. Cork failure in terms of TCA is about the same as it always has been, somewhere between 3% and 7% [...]

From the cellar #5

From the cellar #5: Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 1998 One of the truly ‘iconic’ Australian wines.Rockford was established in the early 1980′s by Robert O’Callaghan in his much beloved Barossa Valley, and in the true tradition of the wine industry, took about 20 years to become an overnight success. Basket Press is Rockford’s most sought after wine, and sits [...]

From the cellar #4

From the cellar #4: Thierry Matrot Meursault Blagny 1er 2004 An impressive wine from little known Burgundy producer, Thierry Matrot.  With seven years of bottle age, this wine is showing nice development, with the classic Meursault butteriness starting to come to the fore. Deep and full of flavour,  some fresh acidity in the background but on the evidence [...]

From the cellar #2

From the cellar #2: Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2006 Not long in the cellar, it must be said, but curiosity often gets the better of you. Argyle is a serious player in the world of US pinot noir, and makes it’s home in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Now, not a lot of American pinot makes [...]

From the cellar #1

From the cellar #1: Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva 1981 This will be a regular ( we hope!) blog title here in Platinum, because we don’t drink aged wine enough and it should be celebrated. We certainly hope that in ten, and then twenty years time we’ll be able to do the same with our wines, but for the time [...]

Benchmarking at Haskell

One of the exercises we do at regular intervals during the year is to do benchmarking on our new release wines against their peers, both from South Africa and around the world – we subsequently set off on a day of Benchmarking at Haskell Vineyards. With the Haskell IV 2007  now in bottle for the best part of twelve months, [...]