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Do we need affirmative action for reds?

When it comes to wine assessment, calibrations are a pretty big deal. How to rate a big-name wine which underwhelms or conversely a supposedly humble offering which charms and delights? It’s handy therefore to encounter a wine like the Grenache Blanc 2015 from Donovan Rall, the class of which is so self-evident it quickly re-establishes […]

April 29, 2016
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Why isn’t SA doing more about leaf-roll virus?

I recently returned from a trip to Spain where I spent a couple of days at the Salon de Gourmets, one of the oldest and most respected of the curated luxury food and wine fairs. Amongst my discoveries was the extent of ancient vineyard in the Iberian peninsula. Producer after producer in regions like Toro, […]

April 26, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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Tim James: More on the great Chardonnay scandal

Having last week mentioned the great chardonnay scandal of the 1980s (see here), it occurred to me that some people might like to know a little more about an episode that in some ways captures crucial essences of Cape wine in the dour times of apartheid, isolation and KWV rule. Of course, there are also […]

April 25, 2016
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: One step forward, two steps back for SA wine

With the year racing by, I thought it would be valuable to take stock and I found myself browsing the topics that have been opined, discussed and disagreed about so far this year. I started with the posts about the VinPro Information Day from January, which covered a bracing (read: rather bleak) economic outlook; the […]

April 22, 2016
by Christian
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Peter Finlayson of Bouchard Finlayson

Peter Finlayson is carrying a basket of wine as he enters Bistrot Bizerca in Cape Town. He’s exactly my kind of lunch companion—well stocked. Finlayson eases his large frame into a café chair. Our table is under the dappled light of the Cape’s oldest fruit-bearing vine (250 years and counting) in Heritage Square’s courtyard. An […]

April 19, 2016
by Malu Lambert
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On old-vine Chardonnay and SA’s murky wine history

There are remarkably few old chardonnay vines in the Cape. On her old-vine website, viticulturist Rosa Kruger lists just one block over 35 years old: less than three hectares, planted in Stellenbosch in 1975; and Rosa isn’t quite sure if that still survives – she’s following it up now. In fact, there’s even more old-vine […]

April 18, 2016
by Tim James
with 7 Comments

Why the notion of the “rock star winemaker” is worth celebrating

News just in that Duncan Savage is leaving Cape Point Vineyards to go it alone. As Tim James observes on, Savage was the only winemaker represented twice in the recent Top 20 South African wineries poll, for Savage Wines (after a mere three vintages) and for Cape Point Vineyards. You feel that Savage Wines […]

April 13, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: How a concrete egg hatched Silwervis

It began at the inaugural Swartland Revolution, the story of Silwervis wine, which you probably know of. The story continues into Avant Garde Wines and Terra Cura, which you’ve perhaps not yet heard of yet, but will). It’s a satisfying tale. At that 2010 Revolution’s charity auction, winelover Michael Roets, with no winery but with […]

April 11, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments
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