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Michael Fridjhon: Why isn’t SA doing more about leaf-roll virus?

I recently returned from a trip to Spain where I spent a couple of days at the Salon de Gourmets, one of the oldest and most respected of the curated luxury food and wine fairs. Amongst my discoveries was the extent of ancient vineyard in the Iberian peninsula. Producer after producer in regions like Toro, […]

April 26, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 2 Comments

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Granum 2014

Newton Johnson in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has made quite a name for itself with the Burgundian varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but what of its Rhône-inspired blend called Granum? The current-release 2014 vintage is a blend of 84% Syrah and 16% Mourvèdre, fermentation occurring spontaneously and involving some whole bunch while maturation lasted […]

April 25, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Sxollie cider

Sxollie cider was founded in 2014 by Karol Ostaszewski and wife Laura Clacey, who previously had a cider business in Australia. Apples are sourced from Elgin and the production process takes eight weeks: Juice is fermented in tank with Champagne yeasts before bottling and carbonation.  Of interest is that the two ciders in the range […]

April 25, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: More on the great Chardonnay scandal

Having last week mentioned the great chardonnay scandal of the 1980s (see here), it occurred to me that some people might like to know a little more about an episode that in some ways captures crucial essences of Cape wine in the dour times of apartheid, isolation and KWV rule. Of course, there are also […]

April 25, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2016: Call for entries

In conjunction with RisCura, a global financial services provider, Winemag.co.za is pleased to announce the second annual Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends, the style defined as wines made from two or more of the following varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot (no other varieties permitted). Wines will be […]

April 25, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: One step forward, two steps back for SA wine

With the year racing by, I thought it would be valuable to take stock and I found myself browsing the topics that have been opined, discussed and disagreed about so far this year. I started with the posts about the VinPro Information Day from January, which covered a bracing (read: rather bleak) economic outlook; the […]

April 22, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Avondale Cyclus 2013

Avondale, the Paarl property owned by the Grieve family, operates according to a combination of organic, biodynamic and scientific principles. The wines are idiosyncratic, none more so than the white blend that is Cyclus. It’s composition is approximately 25% each of Chenin, Roussanne, Viognier, with the remainder being Chardonnay and Semillon. Juice is fermented spontaneously, […]

April 22, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Dax Villanueva: Should you cook with olive oil?

This question is very common and there is a misconception that one should not cook with olive oil but only add it after cooking. Some people believe that olive oil has a lower ‘smoking point’ than other oils and that if it reaches that point it becomes carcinogenic. This is not entirely true. In fact […]

April 21, 2016
by Dax Villanueva
with 2 Comments
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