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Marthélize Tredoux: Is the concept of “organic farming” being abused?

I’m not much of a pedant. It’s too exhausting to be pedantic about everything. However, I am painfully pedantic about the misappropriation of words with specific meanings. And yes, I mean misappropriation: swindle, thieved, pilfered. Taking a word with a specific meaning out of context is embezzling with words. This gets on my last nerve […]

July 15, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Interview: Francois van Zyl of Laibach

From the November issue of Business Day WANTED: For all Francois van Zyl’s constant wisecracks, he is a committed and highly competent winemaker who has played a key role in not only taking Stellenbosch property Laibach organic but ensuring it can easily hold its own against its conventionally farmed neighbours. He finished his studies at […]

November 10, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2012 vs Reyneke Organic Red 2012

I was a huge fan of the maiden 2010 and 2011 vintages of the Biodynamic Syrah from Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch but there’s something decidedly odd about the current release 2012 (approximate retail price R90 to R100 a bottle). Black fruit and spice as you’d hope for but also tilled earth, dank vegetal notes and […]

June 12, 2014
by Christian
with 7 Comments

Silvermist Sauvignon Blanc 2013

An exciting discovery at the Constantia Food and Wine Festival held over the past weekend was the Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Silvermist (R140 a bottle). The vineyards are situated high on the mountain – the entrance to the property is just after Constantia Nek as the descent to Hout Bay begins – and are officially […]

April 14, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Joostenberg Family Blend White 2012

Joostenberg in Paarl has been in the Myburgh family since 1876, today managed by fifth generation Tyrell and his wife Anette. On Saturday, the launch of The Family Blend White 2012, the first bottling from Joostenberg to be officially certified as being made from organically grown grapes. A blend of 51% Chenin Blanc, 39% Viognier […]

November 19, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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