The final tasting line-up of 2019 includes thrilling vintages, wines and personalities. Is 2016 Bordeaux the greatest modern-day vintage? The same can be asked of Champagne in 2008. Burgundy 2017s…

The final tasting line-up of 2019 includes thrilling vintages, wines and personalities. Is 2016 Bordeaux the greatest modern-day vintage? The same can be asked of Champagne in 2008. Burgundy 2017s are ‘often excellent, and from time to time, bloody awesome’ says Neal Martin, who also calls his visit to Adi Badenhorst one of his ‘top 10 wine visits of all time’. Adi will be presenting his new single vineyards in Cape Town only.

We hope to see you all at the Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction on Saturday. To browse the 376 lots and find out about absentee and telephone bidding details, see here.


 

Bordeaux 2016: Top wines from ‘the greatest vintage’ – R 1,700

Johannesburg: Thursday, 26 September at 18h30, Wine Cellar Dunkeld
Cape Town: Wednesday, 2 October at 18h30, Wine Cellar Observatory

Is 2016 the perfect Bordeaux?’ asks the Wine Enthusiast and we are hugely excited to try find the answer. What makes the 2016 vintage so special is the quality across the Bordeaux hierarchy, with extraordinary structure and refined tannins. Come join us in exploring this breath-taking Bordeaux vintage from both the Left and Right Bank and take a look at wines such as Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Gazin, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Cos d’Estounel, Léoville Barton and the infamous 6 x 100 point Mouton-Rothschild 2016!

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Champagne 2008 lunch: The greatest vintage in living memory – R 2,700

Cape Town: Sunday, 6 October at 12h00, The Vine Bistro, Glenelly

2008 is one of the greatest champagne vintages of my lifetime,’ says Tom Stevenson, one of the world’s foremost experts. The 2008s have a very similar energy and intensity to the great 1996s, but with arguably better balance and more consistency. Join us and for the lunch of a lifetime to taste 2008s from Hugues Godmé, Drappier, Phillipponnat, Jacquesson, Bollinger, Dom Pérignon, Cristal and Bruno Pailllard. Henri Boillot’s Meursault and Volnay Premier Crus will accompany the lunch by Chef Christophe Dehosse at the beautiful Glenelly Bistro.

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AA Badenhorst: Adi guides you through his 2018 single vineyards – R 450

Cape Town: Wednesday, 9 October at 18h30, Wine Cellar Observatory

If I had to list my top 10 wine visits of all time, the visit with Adi Badenhorst would make the list,’ wrote Neal Martin recently. Adi is releasing a whopping 10 single-vineyard wines from 2018! At around 1,000 bottles each, this will be a rare opportunity to taste them all in front one of the biggest personalities in wine.

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Bordeaux 2016: Value wines from ‘the greatest vintage’ – R 400

Cape Town: Wednesday, 23 October at 18h30, Wine Cellar Observatory
Johannesburg: Thursday, 24 October at 18h30, Wine Cellar Dunkeld

Is 2016 the perfect Bordeaux?’ asks the Wine Enthusiast and we are hugely excited to try find the answer. What makes the 2016 vintage so special is the quality across the Bordeaux hierarchy, with extraordinary structure and refined tannins. A vintage to buy down, there is value to be found and we taste through incredible wines from R300 per bottle. All the major appellations of Bordeaux will be represented, with highlights from Réserve de la Comtesse, Les Cruzelles and Chasse-Spleen.

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Burgundy whites 2017: The epitome of Burgundian elegance – R 650

Cape Town: Wednesday, 6 November at 18h30, Wine Cellar Observatory

Neal Martin calls the 2017 Burgundy vintage a ‘modern classic’. As nearly every winemaker opined, 2017 is a vintage that distinguishes one terroir from another with remarkable consistency. The Wine Advocate suggested that, ‘for the white wines, 2017 should be taken seriously… less tangy and tensile than the 2014s, but they approach and sometimes surpass that vintage in quality.’ Come explore major village to Cru level wines from Chablis to the Côte d’Or from Joseph Drouhin, Henri Boillot, Olivier Leflaive and Héritiers des Comtes Lafon.

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Burgundy whites and reds 2017: The epitome of Burgundian elegance – R 650

Johannesburg: Wednesday, 13 November at 18h30, Wine Cellar Dunkled

Neal Martin calls the 2017 Burgundy vintage a ‘modern classic’. As nearly every winemaker opined, 2017 is a vintage that distinguishes one terroir from another with remarkable consistency. The Wine Advocate suggested that, ‘for the white wines, 2017 should be taken seriously…,’ while, ‘the 2017 reds are very good, often excellent, and from time to time, bloody awesome,’ says Martin. Enjoy and learn as we taste through all the major villages through to Grand Cru from Hudelot-Noëllat, Olivier Leflaive, Harmand-Geoffroy, Henri Boillot and Joseph Drouhin.

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Burgundy reds 2017: The epitome of Burgundian elegance – R 650

Cape Town: Wednesday, 20 November at 18h30, Wine Cellar Observatory

Neal Martin calls the 2017 Burgundy vintage a ‘modern classic’. As nearly every winemaker opined, 2017 is a vintage that distinguishes one terroir from another with remarkable consistency. ‘The 2017 reds are very good, often excellent, and from time to time, bloody awesome,’ writes Neal Martin. They offer a beguiling mix of ripe, sensual fruit, delicacy, elegance and freshness. Join us as we taste sublime wines from village through to Grand Cru, from Hudelot-Noëllat, Harmand-Geoffroy, Henri Boillot and Joseph Drouhin.

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SA vs Champagne: A year-end taste-off – R 650

Cape Town: Wednesday, 27 November at 18h30, Wine Cellar Observatory
Johannesburg: Thursday, 28 November at 18h30, Wine Cellar Dunkeld

The quality of Méthode Cap Classique is at an all-time high as the category as a whole is redefined by the leading producers. Can the best of SA compete with Champagne? Our annual year-end tasting puts best bubbles against grower and Grandes Marques Champagnes, including the likes of Dom Pérignon, Drappier and Jacquesson. Expect SA representatives in Silverthorn, Pieter Ferreira, Colmant and Le Lude. Always one of the most popular and fun tastings of the year.

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