Tim James: KWV celebrates 100 years – some reflections on its legacy

Let’s be grateful that the KWV doesn’t celebrate its birthday as assiduously as does the African National Congress. We can also breathe a happy sigh at the KWV being no longer as significant in its field as the ANC is in its…. When the KWV was officially born on 8 January 1918, just a century […]

January 19, 2018
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Craig Wessels of Restless River

Any day that begins in a drop-top 110 Land Rover is bound to be interesting. Even more so when it’s Craig Wessels of Restless River Vineyards in the driving seat. Craig isn’t your usual winemaker type – in place of the expected khakis and sleeveless windbreaker are a Nirvana T-shirt and shredded jeans. He’s also […]

January 17, 2018
by Malu Lambert
with 2 Comments

Tim James: Is a market correction on the way for top-end SA wine?

Last year – 2017 – seemed to me marked by a sudden leap in the prices of upper-end local wines. Or had they been creeping up for a while and suddenly the shift became qualitative rather than quantitative? The result is the same: lots more wine I can’t afford. Late in the year, reviewing a […]

January 15, 2018
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Regional profile: Swartland

From the January issue of Decanter: A vivid illustration of how dire the drought currently affecting the Swartland is the superfluous “No Swimming” sign in front of a dam on Spice Route, any water long since dried up and its shoved-earth walls covered in grass. Spice Route, of course, is the property owned by Charles […]

January 15, 2018
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Can the market bear the ever-increasing number of top-end Chenins?

Visiting and tasting with Lukas van Loggerenberg (Van Loggerenberg Wines) and Reenen Borman (Boschkloof and Patatsfontein/Ron Burgundy) is becoming established as a great annual pleasure. Making it all the more interesting last week was the presence of Roy Richards, now not quite retired from wine stuff but until recently a greatly respected British wine importer, […]

December 18, 2017
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Tim James: The year in review

The year seems to approach its weary end unusually quickly in Cape Town. Maybe it’s the bloody tourists. They’re already blocking the view of mountain and sea, drinking and flushing away all our water, and helping to clog up the roads mid-day, joined in the latter pursuit by the locals who usually swell the now […]

December 11, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Why we drink what we drink

It has been quite a long and trying year, so instead of picking a fight or moaning about who did or didn’t do something right or wrong this time, maybe today we just ramble on about wine for a bit. It is, after all, the reason we’re all here. Wine is a very divisive thing […]

December 7, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 0 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Craig Hawkins of Testalonga

Craig Hawkins of Testalonga is this intangible mix of quirk and depth. Talking to him is like tumbling down the rabbit hole. You can’t quite put your finger on what he’s doing or how he’s doing it, but you know for sure you like it. “We make wines that we want to drink, and then […]

December 6, 2017
by Malu Lambert
with 0 Comments
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