Rhône blends vs Syrah in SA

How do SA’s Rhône-inspired blends stack up next to straight Shiraz? To make the best wines we possibly can in South Africa, we have to blend. Only in continental climates can mono-varietals make for complete wines – take Pinot Noir in Burgundy Riesling in Germany. As soon as you’re in a warmer Mediterranean or maritime […]

May 18, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle Rouge 2007

Today a technical workshop focusing on the Rhône Valley sponsored by François Frères Tonnellierie and winemaking equipment supplier Wine Machinery. Guest speakers were Jacques Desvernois, technical director of Paul Jaboulet Aîne, renowned in particular for its versions of both white and red Hermitage as well as Pierre Fabre, winemaker of Château Mont-Redon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s biggest producer. […]

July 23, 2013
by Christian
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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2007

After completing a review of 131 local white blends on behalf of WINE magazine yesterday, off to Magica Roma in Pinelands for lunch with fellow panellists James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and Thys Louw of family farm Diemersdal in Durbanville. To eat, beef carpaccio followed by spaghetti […]

September 16, 2010
by Christian
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