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Chardonnay: The chameleon of viticulture

Jay McInerney, the keynote speaker at this year’s Celebration of Chardonnay hosted as always by De Wetshof, is a US writer who made his...

Tim James: On the state of SA Chardonnay

It’s six years since Grant Dodd (Australian MD of Haskell) and Christian Eedes organised a tasting of Australian and South African chardonnays (see here...

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...

Tim James: On old-vine Chardonnay and SA’s murky wine history

There are remarkably few old chardonnay vines in the Cape. On her old-vine website, viticulturist Rosa Kruger lists just one block over 35 years...

James Pietersen: SA vs Rest of World Chardonnay tasting

Last year saw the “Great Syrah Challenge” take place at Lismore Estate Vineyards in Greyton, an exercise which saw some of South Africa’s top...

Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday I presented a tasting for five novice wine enthusiasts. Three pairs of wines chosen to be as stylistically as far apart as possible:...

De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay 2006

From the Nederburg Auction preview tasting: Many of the examples of yesterday’s Chardonnay, while unquestionably good, were made in a pretty flashy style –...

Longridge Clos du Ciel 2013

So Clos du Ciel Chardonnay 2013 from Longridge is launched and will cost R530 a bottle from Wine Cellar, continuing the dramatic premiumisation of...