Tim James: Parow brandy reviewed

South African brandy is excellent stuff, but it’s suffering, with steadily declining sales. By 2012, whisky (rising in popularity, like rum at a lower level) was selling greater volumes than brandy, and it still does. Adding to the grapefarmers’ woes, only about 38 million litres of wine made for brandy was produced in 2016, compared […]

September 18, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Breakfast with Distell

This week, I along with some other wine media and industry members cracked an invite to have a sit-down with the head honchos at Distell. We had been contacted and told that SA’s largest producer-wholesaler was interested in opening up channels of communication and that they intended to make this a regular occurrence. Before we […]

September 15, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 6 Comments

Tim James: SA’s best Syrah – not limited to the Swartland

I started pondering the state of syrah across the Cape regions when I read Christian Eedes’s recent remark that “the Swartland has pretty much taken ownership of top-end Syrah”. Fond and admiring as I am of the Swartland, that didn’t strike me as totally true: I think, rather, of syrah as the variety that perhaps […]

September 11, 2017
by Tim James
with 14 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Koen Roose of Spioenkop

Koen Roose is sitting inside his Elgin cellar at a wooden bench, stirring a bentonite mixture with an oversize whisk. I ask him what wine the fining agent is for. Cracking a big smile, he says “The Riesling 2017, can you believe it!” “Come, come,” he says in Flemish-accented English, hauling himself up and me […]

September 10, 2017
by Malu Lambert
with 0 Comments

David Clarke: How restaurants can improve their year-round wine offering

With more and more of the top wines in South Africa moving to annual releases of “take-it or leave-it” allocations it is very useful to have a “war chest” of funds available to be sure of not missing out when the wines are released. In my previous life as a head sommelier in Melbourne I […]

September 4, 2017
by David Clarke
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On the Mullineux single terroir wines

The currently available Mullineux 2015 Syrah is surely – and I’m not the only one of this opinion – the best ever of this label. Incidentally, the first Mullineux Syrah (made at Reyneke, where Chris and Andrea were at the time making the wines) was 2008, which means that they could now offer a ten-year […]

September 4, 2017
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Some skepticism about “influencers”

Plunged into doing a bit of research on how digital marketing is being used in wine, I keep coming across a word that is slowly but thoroughly driving me nutty: “Influencer”. Not a new term, but the more I delve into it, the more I believe that it is a concept either hopelessly misunderstood or […]

September 1, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Where to for the SA wine industry?

In the context of so much excitement about South African wine – here on Winemag as much as anywhere – it’s sobering, and even surprising for someone like me, with a focus on the top end, to be reminded of the depth of the problems in the wider industry. Or the other wine industry, if […]

August 28, 2017
by Tim James
with 7 Comments
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