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Crystallum new releases

That time passes surprisingly quickly is borne out by the fact Peter-Allan Finlayson’s first bottling of his boutique label Crystallum wines was back in...

SA vs Rest of World Pinot Noir Tasting

Starting in 2015, Tim Atkin MW and Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore  Estate Vineyards in Greyton  have taken it upon  themselves to arrange a tasting...

Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay 2015

Whereas there are some pretty dramatic examples of local Chardonnay out there at the moment, the Clay Shales Chardonnay 2015 from Peter-Allan Finlayson of...

Crystallum Cuvée Cinema Pinot Noir 2015

The 2015s of Peter-Allan Finlayson’s various takes on Pinot Noir under the Crystallum label were recently released and suffice to say, the hype surrounding...

SA Pinot Noir vs Burgundy

Winemag.co.za’s favourite retailer Wine Cellar has started a new series of tastings which sees SA’s best pitted against “international benchmarks” (see the full programme...

SA vs New Zealand Pinot Noir

Do expectations influence outcomes when it comes to wine ratings? Dana Buys, co-owner of Vrede en Lust, thinks so, arguing for instance that were...

Tim James: A new “centre of wine excellence”

One of my favourite bits of wine ephemera is a fading and well-worn beige T-shirt with a picture of a bunch of grapes on...

Tim James: On the Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers’ Pinot Noir Celebration

Some months back on this website,  I doubted whether local pinots are world class to the extent that local white blends, sauvignons and syrahs...