Tim James: The wines of Johan “Stompie” Meyer

I’ve been happily drinking some of Johan Meyer’s wines this past week. If that name isn’t fully familiar to winelovers, try his ubiquitously used nickname, Stompie. He should be amongst the best known of the second-generation of new-wave Swartland wine-people (taking Sadie, Badenhorst et al as the first). Anyway, Johan “Stompie” Meyer is surely one […]

January 23, 2017
by Tim James
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Has ageing wine become irrelevant?

How is the maiden vintage Columella 2000 from Eben Sadie faring? Bar a single bottle still remaining in my late dad’s cellar, I’m not sure there’s any left to take a view on. Recently, there have been a number of articles by prominent commentators suggesting that wines are now made for earlier drinking and the […]

January 18, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Wine and money

Amongst some year-end binge watching (Veep; The People v OJ Simpson) I fitted in some binge re-reading of the art criticism etc of Robert Hughes. Hughes is – or was, I suppose, as he died in 2012 – my favourite Australian, apart, of course, from wine distributor David Clarke and winemaker Mick Craven. A percurrent […]

January 16, 2017
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: The plan for 2017

New Year, New You! Oh, no. Wait. Wrong audience. New Year, New Wine? Nope. That doesn’t make sense. Never mind. It’s 2017. Harvest has started. The game is on. I have always loved he old year/new year changeover. In reality, nothing really changes. If you are fortunate enough to take some time off (a few […]

January 12, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: On the startlingly different manifestations of SA Syrah

Back in the bad old pre-revolutionary days, when Eben Sadie was at Elsenburg and Chris Alheit and Peter-Allan Finlayson were (I guess) playing barefoot rugby at Bishops, it was always “shiraz”, not “syrah”. And I had returned to South Africa to live in Cape Town and fall in love with wine and the winelands, and […]

January 9, 2017
by Tim James
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Stellenbosch: home of Cape Cabernet

As published in the January 2017 issue of Decanter: Stellenbosch has the wine, the people and the natural beauty to rival any wine tourism region on earth. If the district leads with any variety in particular, then it leads with Cabernet Sauvignon but are global wine drinkers really aware of it and its wines? For […]

January 9, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Closing out 2016

The end of year in sight, it would be easy to take a page out of the Grumpy Sod’s Handbook and indulge in a little moaning and groaning. As I get older, the tiredness and despondency associated with the final quarter seems to get stronger and more prevalent every year. Perhaps it’s because as I […]

December 21, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Fun in the sun

Yesterday a long lunch with friends, wine drunk for pleasure a different experience than when attempting to arrive at an assessment of quality. To start, two examples of méthode ancestrale, Domaine Vincent Câreme Vouvray L’Ancestrale 2012 and Vondeling Rurale 2014, the former possessing a very fine bubble and extremely savoury, the latter from Chardonnay and […]

December 19, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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