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Marthélize Tredoux: Is the SA wine industry too segmented?

We came. We listened. But where does that leave us in terms of innovation? That’s the question I have been asking myself after the WineLands “Igniting Innovation” seminar last week. Before we get into that, a quick overview of the day’s speakers and discussions, to create some context. Both key-note speakers were superb. Dr. Morné […]

September 27, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Talking Cinsaut

How prominently is Cinsaut set to feature in the South African wine industry’s future? Yesterday, a panel discussion and tasting of some leading examples jointly hosted by Wine Cellar and WOSA (watch here). Based on my experience of the modern incarnations, it seems that it generally makes “smashable” wines – it is very much on […]

September 23, 2016
by Christian
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How bankrupt is SA wine?

For all the advances in wine quality the South African wine industry has made in the last 20 years or so, there’s currently a not-so-latent anxiety about a lack of profitability. According to national industry body, VinPro, 30% of the country’s wine producers are loss-making, 49% are low profit and 6% break even. Only 15% […]

September 22, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: The stylistic vagaries of SA Port-style wines

I’ve been thinking, rather unfashionably, about port. Rather unseasonably too, perhaps, as we move into spring and most people seem to associate drinking fortified wines (if they drink them at all) with winter. Not me – when willing to confront the alcohol and the calories, I’m happy to drink it all the year round, especially […]

September 19, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: On Clairette Blanche

Let me start by digressing. I was browsing today through R.U. Kenney’s biography – more a hagiography, really – of Abraham Perold, and paused at the advice the great viticulturist gave to Hans von Carlowitz about vines for Uitkyk, the Stellenbosch estate that the aristocratic German bought in 1929. Carlowitz told Kenney that “under [Perold’s] […]

September 12, 2016
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: A little less conversation, a little more action

Innovate (verb): Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas or products. In about two weeks’ time, representatives from all walks of the wine industry will descend upon Spier for this year’s Adams & Adams Wineland Seminar. The 2016 topic is “Igniting Innovation”. As per the introduction on the website: “This year’s…seminar […]

September 9, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Has Steenberg gone to market too early with Magna Carta 2015?

John Loubser, MD of Steenberg, relates that the Constantia property pioneered a Bordeaux-style white blend under the Catharina label from 1999 until 2001 but it was ahead of its time and did not get enough traction in the market. The likes of Vergelegen and Cape Point Vineyards persisted with Sauv-Sem combos through the 2000s and […]

September 7, 2016
by Christian
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Hunter Valley vs SA Shiraz

Today saw a comparative tasting of Hunter Valley and South African Shiraz, 12 top examples of each, held in Fresnaye, Cape Town. Out of the 24 wines tasted, South Africa took the top five places, with a further two in the top 10. The event was undertaken partly as an exercise in self-education, partly as […]

September 6, 2016
by Christian
with 7 Comments
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