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Institute of Masters of Wine gives Eben Sadie major award

The Institute of Masters of Wine in conjunction with trade publication The Drinks Business recently announced Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines as the...

Tim James: Lammershoek looking good under new management

When I first found out, a few years back, that the famous footballer of the 1960s and 70s, Franz Beckenbauer, had joined the German...

Tim James: The effect of the drought in the Swartland

“It’s been a battle!” says Eben Sadie, just a third of the way through his 2016 harvest. In his voice is the hyping up,...

Tim James: An experimental vineyard

It doesn’t look impressive at first glance, to the ignorant eye at least: if this is a vineyard which might influence some significant aspects...

Tim James: A review of the Swartland Revolution 2015

This last weekend saw perhaps the best Swartland Revolution yet – but I suppose that’s excitedly claimed each year by at least a few...

Tim James: A new grenache vineyard on Skurfberg

It’s a long drive from Cape Town to get to Basie van Lill’s Skurfberg farm, Arbeidseind – but not a tedious one when Eben...

How well do SA’s white wines mature?

“Why are top-end red wines so much more expensive than white wines when they essentially cost the same to produce?” was the question posed...

Rijk’s Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2003

Do South Africa’s white wines mature with benefit? Later this week a tasting convened by the South African Sommelier Association and presented by Eben...