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Marthélize Tredoux: On SA wine’s aversion to change

Today, I am going to make an observation, elaborate about it a little bit and then I am going to leave the floor open to you. I want you to prove my observation wrong. To tell me I’m mad. Blind. Living on another planet. I want you show me that the slices of the industry […]

August 25, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 3 Comments

Just how much trouble is SA wine in?

Where were the representatives from the big producer-wholesalers at last night’s second annual Ex Animo Address? The event, organised by David and Jeanette Clarke who own a wine agency by the same name was held at Joostenberg Bistro outside Stellenbosch and saw the acclaimed Rosa Kruger speaking on viticulture, Mulderbosch winemaker Adam Mason on the […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Tim James: On the state of SA Chardonnay

It’s six years since Grant Dodd (Australian MD of Haskell) and Christian Eedes organised a tasting of Australian and South African chardonnays (see here and here): seven top producers from each country, two vintages each. Insofar as it was a test match, South Africa won on average, though Australia’s Pierro was reckoned the best pair. […]

August 22, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

KWV The Mentors and its standing in the marketplace

With the operational assets of liquor business KWV Holdings sold by empowerment giant Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) to drinks industry veteran Vivian Imerman of Vasari Group earlier this year, yet another round of introspection for this super-co-op turned private company. Head winemaker Johann Fourie has left to be replaced by Wim Truter, who only recently […]

August 18, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On Samuel Pepys and home blending

This is not at all what I intended to write about. In fact I had almost finished an earnest and highly enthusiastic little piece for you about Portuguese varieties in South Africa – but then I had my supper and felt it my duty to accompany it with some of my today’s Platter wines. And, […]

August 15, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

What to buy at the Nederburg Auction 2016

The Nederburg Auction, which has run since 1975, bills itself as “(a) unique event showcasing South Africa’s finest wines”. After it appeared that the auction was starting to lose prestige during the 2000s, a panel of experts was introduced a few years ago to screen submissions and thereby bolster confidence among buyers.  This year’s group […]

August 11, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On wine allocations

There are various ways of coping with a demand that exceeds supply. The basic method dictated by our splendid economic regime is, of course, price: you can only have it if you can afford it. Stalinist Eastern Europe relied more on a willingness to queue for any luxuries available to the general public. As for […]

August 9, 2016
by Tim James
with 7 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Scientific literacy and the difference between fact and opinion

Recently, I was part of a discussion where a viticulturist was explaining how to handle leaf roll virus infection in the vineyard – monitoring plants, testing suspected infected vines and ruthlessly ripping them out if they proved infected. A question was posed by someone in attendance, mentioning another winery that believes their leafroll-infected blocks produce […]

August 5, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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