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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Last month I was back in South Africa again, for the third time this year. Slightly excessive, I know, but there is just so much going on here that it's hard to keep up. Besides, I was here for a specific reason: to take part as a judge in the second Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge, a competition that I also judged last year.   I arrived in Stellenbosch at lunchtime. I was staying at the accommodation next to Ken Forester's 96 Winery Road restaurant, so after dropping my bags, I headed across to the restaurant. It was a glorious sunny winter's day, so I sat outside, had an amazing burger, a craft beer and a glass of Carsten Migliarina's excellent Shiraz. A good start to the trip. I'd just finished when the Breedekloof guys - Pieter Cronje, De Wet Lategan and Attie Loew - rocked up to show me their Chenin Blancs.  

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In Claudia's glass

In our glass this week is the delicious, refreshing Metis Sauvignon Blanc from Klein Constantia. Inspired by Pascal Jolivet and his holistic approach to winemaking in Sancerre, using a unique and minimalistic approach to winemaking, this wine shows the true expression of the Constantia terroir. The name Metis refers to the collaboration between the two countries to produce this great wine and is reflected in the flower on the label that is a hybrid of the South African Protea and French Iris.

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