January 2015

Posted on 05 January 2015 by David Biggs





Klaasenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

21/01/2015: Cabernet Sauvignon is reputed to the be King of the Reds, with Chardonnay as queen of the white wine kingdom.
Sometimes this is true. Not always.
Klaasenbosch’s 2012 Cab certainly has aspirations of royalty.
Actually, I’m rather sorry I opened my bottle when I did. I think it will grow in stature during the next three or four years.
Nonetheless, it’s a great wine even now. This is a Christmas pudding sort of wine, absolutely bulging with dark berry flavours – rich, ripe mulberries, black cherries and berry jam. There’s a pleasing hint of pecan nuts on the palate, too.
It has a lovely velvety texture, soft tannins and a slightly savoury aftertaste.
I’d recommend this as an accompaniment to a meaty Italian dish, or with a juicy rare fillet steak.
Of course, there’s no problem with drinking it on its own (as I did). As I sipped and  savoured, the level of the bottle dropped quite dramatically. Sometimes a wine tastes even better the next day and I managed to leave half the bottle for the following lunch-time.
Great stuff! I think that little extra air made it even better.

Grand Provence Pinot Noir 2013
06/01/2015: Pinot Noir is an interesting grape variety and some winemakers claim it’s a “bugger to work with.” It may lack the gravitas of the Bordeaux varieties, but Pinot repays a little concentrated attention.
The 2013 Grande Provence Pinot Noir arrives quietly on the palate. At first it may seem a little thin and acidic, but after a few seconds other characteristics emerge shyly. There’s some delicate berry fruit there, a nice earthiness and some understated spice. You find yourself taking a another sip, and another, simply to make sure you really did taste that fleeting hint of cinnamon — are was it cloves? Let’s take another sip.
I think this is a wine that will compliment almost any subtly flavoured food, from poultry to seafood.
But more than that, it’s a wine to pour, sit back and savour while listening to some good music — Beethoven rather than Bach, I’d say.


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  • Sound reasoning or just a lot of noise?

    January 28, 2015 at 12:41 am by David Biggs

    (Published: 26th January 2015)
    I see the police are considering using “sound cannons” for controlling unruly crowds.
    These non-lethal weapons, according to a recent news report, are known as “Long Range Acoustic Devices” and they emit a blast of sound of such intensity that it disrupts a hearer’s balance system. Aim a blast of high-intensity sound at a rampaging mob of “protesters” and they all fall about like drunkards and clutch their ears.
    Of course the “Human Rights Army” is already jumping up and down and claiming that the sound cannon s could violate human rights. Innocent bystanders could also lose their balance, the do-gooders claim, and children could be affected. People’s hearing could be permanently impaired.
    Nobody seems to bother about the innocent shopkeepers whose premises are vandalized by illegal service delivery protesters. Nobody seems to care about innocent motorists who have parked their cars legally, only to come back to them and find they’ve been turned upside down and set light by the mobs.
    It seems there are always people anxious to protect the rights of criminals.
    Frankly, I can’t see the sound cannons working very effectively on South Africa crowds. Anybody who had travelled in a mini-bus taxi must be partially deaf already.
    Taxis that drive past my house, even though they are at least 20 meters away, often make such a noise that they actually rattle my windows. I hate to think what must be happening to the ear-drums of the passengers inside those taxis. A few blasts from an acoustic cannon would probably be quite soothing to them.
    If you’ve attended a movie recently you’ve probably also been blasted by a completely unacceptable level of sound.
    Friends from the Eastern Cape recently went to see the film Exodus in 3D while of holiday in the Cape and came away with splitting headaches and sore ears from the noise level.
    I’ve never been able to understand why cinema managers and taxi drivers find it necessary to be so loud.
    Maybe it’s because the younger generation have already had their ear-drums shattered and can’t hear anything at a normal level.
    If this is the case I can just imagine a mob of out-of-control protesters being blasted by a sound cannon and saying: “Hey, cool music, dude. Turn up the volume a bit.”

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