The Grape communal blog is divided into eight panels like a Japanese Bento Box full of goodies. Panel #2 contains Haikus penned against the recent Helderberg fires (conventional photos being unavailable as someone nicked the panelist’s “fancy” cell-phone and camera) while Panel #4 reproduces Michael Fridjhon’s informative Business Day and Weekender columns cut and pasted from the Business Day website. A bit of an overkill as a simple link to the mother ship would suffice, like Kevin does over on www.winenews.co.za.
Panel #3 is the most fun with witty Melvyn Minnaar commenting recently on a photo of Johann Rupert which seems to have appeared in Die Burger. It is also not reproduced, presumably because of camera problems alluded to above. Which is a pity as the prospect of seeing Johann’s “left arm tucked into his jacket pocket” would have been proof of a talent for physical contortionism I for one was unaware of. Anyway, it continues a Grape tradition of taking pot-shots at Johann who clearly has the patience of Job.
Panel #7 is labeled “Guest Space” but there have been none yet – but then tomorrow is only the third month of operation for the site and presumably the Teutonic Riesling Heroes in town last week were all too busy.
Panel #8 is called “Open space” which is a huge misnomer as contributions are censored by a sinister un-named Big Brother moderator. Perhaps “Stalinist Space”, “Big Brother’s Boma Bar” or “Pravda Partition” would be more appropriate. A recent lively discussion between Michael and Winston Churchill was spoilt by the slow turn-around of postings from Winnie and indeed, at least one never saw the light of day. As I was blind cc’d Winnie’s posts, I blogged them in the interests of free speech.
So imagine my dismay when I was tipped off that words were being put into my mouth by an anonymous contributor to the not-so-open panel. I hesitate to conclude the panelist is someone called “Riaan Smit” (there is no byline) as this name seems to belong to several people – one who slagged off Melvyn in his own panel and another who also claims to be Riaan Smit and who said it wasn’t him and on the contrary, he’d been trained in philosophy and loved Mellie’s musings. Evelyn Waugh and Noël Coward died too soon.
Anyway, back to the charge that “Neil Pendock does not believe that South African Sauvignon Blanc can last for 8 years or more.” If we’re talking about me and not another facet of some multiple personality, real or fictitious, this is simply not true as the panelist would know if he/she read my blog more religiously.
Last year I noted after a vertical tasting of Mooiplaas Sauvignon Blanc “the piercing Sauvignon Blanc with intense flavours of red grapefruit should not be overlooked. This wine will also transform if left alone, developing richness and complex flavours with some bottle age, as a recent vertical tasting back to 1999 confirmed.”