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Chenin Blanc – The Unplayed Card?

Top 100 SA Wines

“There should be more excitement about South Africa. The gap in price between entry level and fine wine is smaller than any other country in the world,” says Tim Atkin MW and in South Africa to chair the fourth annual Top 100 SA Wine … [Read more...]

Interview: Paul Nicholls and Rebecca Tanner of Fable Mountain Vineyards

Paul Nicholls and Rebecca Tanner.

From the March issue of Business Day WANTED: Remotely located between Tulbagh and Wolsley and particularly beautiful, Fable Mountain Vineyards is owned by US company Terroir Selections, founded by Charles Banks who was the former owner of cult … [Read more...]

Interview: Gavin Patterson of Sumaridge Wines

Gavin Patterson.

From the February issue of Business Day WANTED: Gavin Patterson is vineyard manager and winemaker at the increasingly impressive Sumaridge near Hermanus . Now 43, he embarked on his career in his birth country of Zimbabwe straight out of school and … [Read more...]

“Swimming pool wine” critiqued

Best of a bad bunch.

Yesterday a selection of entry-level white wines sampled literally by the pool. the line-up consisting of Doolhof Cape Crane Chenin Blanc 2013 at R41 a bottle, Neethlingshof Chardonnay (Unwooded) 2013 at R53, Neethlingshof Chenin Blanc 2013 at R46 … [Read more...]

Up, up and away – the premiumisation of Sauvignon Blanc

Out in front.

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED: No wonder Sauvignon Blanc is so many people’s favourite summertime wine – consumption-ready on purchase (no need to age it before drinking) and offering great quality relative to price – lots of primary … [Read more...]

Elgin White Wine Retrospective

On the money.

Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin has been rather overlooked relative to the Chardonnay from this district in recent times but yesterday during a tasting of 35 whites of various vintage, the 16 examples of Sauvignon proved compelling. That’s not to say the … [Read more...]