What does the future hold for SA Cinsaut?

The biggest insight to arise out of a recent Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting on Cinsaut presented by Etienne le Riche of Le Riche Wines is that there is no need to decide whether the variety works better on its own or in a blend but rather that these are two very different propositions. Le […]

August 14, 2017
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Darling: Are we in a serious relationship or just a fling?

If terroir is everything, then how to understand the district of Darling? Named after the West Coast town of the same name, most wine enthusiasts will know it for Sauvignon Blanc from the higher-lying ward of Groenekloof but up until 2003, it was included in the Swartland and further inland there remain old-fashioned dryland bush […]

August 10, 2017
by Christian
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Rikus Neethling of Bizoe Wines

“I couldn’t get a job I really cared about,” says Rikus Neethling. So in 2008, when it was still not very much the norm for winemakers to do their own thing, he did. “I’d been at a co-op and there just wasn’t any passion not that we didn’t make good wines.” This time would prove […]

August 8, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: The great cork-screwcap debate revisited

I don’t think I’ve ever written about the great cork-screwcap debate without dithering somewhat. Probably I could sum up my attitude by saying that if I were buying Sadie or Boekenhoutskloof wines and was offered the choice of the wine under screwcap or (good quality) cork, I’d go for the latter – the natural ones […]

August 7, 2017
by Tim James
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Some insights from the HelloMerlot workshop

  On Friday, a workshop organized by the Merlot Forum or HelloMerlot as this producer body will be known going forwards. Guest speaker was Olivier Berrouet of Chateau Petrus in Pomerol who when asked for advice on how to improve the quality of local Merlot replied as follows: “You are the beginning of writing your […]

August 7, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: The wines of Arcangeli Vineyards

You couldn’t call Krige Visser a Young Gun – not with that splendid full grey beard (acquired fairly recently – since I last met him, at least). But in spirit? Ah, yes. A Middle-Aged Gun, then. I had a pizza with him last week at Burrata in Cape Town; that is, I had a pizza […]

July 31, 2017
by Tim James
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Michael Fridjhon: Sommeliers and the state of restaurant wine service in SA

Ten years ago the word “sommelier” did not exist in the active vocabulary of any but the most wine-literate of South Africans. “Wine steward” was the jumped-up version of “wine waiter” but even in the best of establishments the maitre d’ would usually say – having taken the meal order – “should I send the […]

July 26, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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Rock cod curry, dry white wine and the future of Distell

Getaway.co.za refers to Tofo in Mozambique as a “little South African Ibiza”. Luckily, our recently holiday there was out of season which meant we had the place pretty much to ourselves – a beautiful beach, balmy weather and fresh seafood every night for supper. What to drink with rock cod curry or braaied langoustines, though? […]

July 26, 2017
by Christian
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