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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

One of the great dramas of the wine world is vintage. Unlike most other drinks, wine can only be made once a year. And the characteristics of that year’s weather patterns have a huge influence over the quality and personality of that year’s wine. Imagine being a winemaker approaching vintage: this is your one chance. For the previous year, you will have been working towards a single goal, the next grape harvest. There are some elements that are out of your control, first and foremost the weather. But then as harvest approaches, you have to decide when to pick, and then make a whole host of winemaking choices in response to the characteristics of the grapes entering the winery. For an intense period of a couple of months – this will depend on which varieties you are working with and how compressed the harvest is – your work for the year will more or less be done, at least as far as wine quality is concerned.

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In Dawn Coventry's glass

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut NV: Well, if I had to sum this wine up in one word it would be WOW! As a huge fan of fizz my expectations were high and if I am honest, I was expecting to be disappointed. How wrong could I be - this wine is one of the BEST I have tasted and at a fraction of the price. A MAJOR thumbs up from me!

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