Tim James: How much to spend on rosé?

With gritted teeth and a gulp, and eyebrows raised aghast at my own action (you try doing all that at the same time, especially while reaching for your credit card) I paid a hefty sum for a bottle of … Cape rosé! It’s not even a category of wine I much enjoy. For those bucks […]

November 13, 2017
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Duncan Savage of Savage Wines

“Forklifts can come right to the door,” says Duncan Savage with a wide smile showing me around his urban cellar in Salt River. He’s as excited by this as if he’s just told me he’s off on a surf trip to Bali for the next six months. It’s understandable. Trusting your entire winemaking operation to […]

November 13, 2017
by Malu Lambert
with 1 Comment

Marthélize Tredoux: Are Platter’s ratings a boon or a bane?

I usually refrain from jumping on bandwagons and simply throwing my opinion onto an already sizable pile, but today I’m going to make an exception. There’s been a lot of chatter since the 2018 Platter’s Guide was launched recently, Quick review for those who have been under a rock: • 2018 Platter’s Guide was launched […]

November 8, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 9 Comments

Platter’s 2018 – trying to be all things to all people?

So the 2018 edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide is out – 111 wines out of over 8 000 wines featured rating 5 Stars (see here). Isn’t that rather a lot of 5 Star wines, you might ask? Well, it’s a 429% increase on the 21 wines that managed the guide’s ultimate accolade in […]

November 8, 2017
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Tim James: Platter’s wineries of the year and their vineyards

Bruwer Raats made rather a good short speech on Friday evening, as he collected his certificate for Raats Family Wines as the Platter’s Wine Guide Winery of the Year. He was a touch more belligerent than might have been expected, as he took the opportunity to pick up on the controversy generated amongst the Twitterati […]

November 6, 2017
by Tim James
with 5 Comments

Tim James: Are producers getting ahead of themselves when it comes to top-end wine prices?

It’s so often that we’re told how underpriced South African wine is, that it makes an interesting change to see a different viewpoint expressed – at least in regard to the top end. It’s one that, I’m pretty sure, will resonate with a lot of serious but not rich wine-lovers here, who see that R150 […]

October 31, 2017
by Tim James
with 9 Comments

What annual event is going to be the next Swartland Revolution?

It looks like the Swartland Heritage Festival will pick up where the Swartland Revolution left off.  Set to take place on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November, the Swartland Independent Producers will be hosting a programme of infotainment in the West Coast town of Paternoster – seminars by John Wurdeman from Pheasant’s Tears in Georgia […]

October 25, 2017
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Is score inflation really more akin to currency devaluation?

A recent Twitter debate around the upward movement of wine scores (elsewhere called “score inflation” – though really it’s about currency devaluation) is much more important than a mere squabble between ratings agencies. Not all that long ago there were several scoring systems, from the five star rating arrangement of the Hugh Johnson and John […]

October 25, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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