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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
with 5 Comments

Tim James: The Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou 2015 reviewed

The Swartland Independent Producers were strutting their stuff in Riebeek-Kasteel last Saturday – and a great show it was. They drifted into Afrikaans and called it the “Wyn, kos en kultuur skou”. As to the elements in the name, apart from the almost universally excellent wine, the food seemed to be a monopoly of extremely [...]

April 27, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: Do consumers inevitably trade up?

It would probably be read as a confession if I say that, as a wine critic, I am neither a nationalist nor a patriot. My delight in the improving quality of Cape wine is partly a satisfaction in seeing advances anywhere, partly that this is a revolution I can enjoy close-up, partly that I now [...]

April 14, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to [...]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Wine trends for 2015

It’s the end of the year which brings with it awkward office parties, dysfunctional family holidays and endless predictions of what the next year will hold across all fields of endeavour. Since nobody really has any idea what the future holds, looking back on these in twelve months down the line often leads to a [...]

December 22, 2014
by David Cope
with 2 Comments

De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012

There were 25 examples of Shiraz/Syrah nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2015 and it fell to founder Tim James, sommelier-at-large Higgo Jacobs and me tasting blind to either endorse these or not. Wine assessment is often humbling and particularly so in this instance. Out of the five wines we as a trio anointed [...]

November 21, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Hervé Souhaut Syrah 2012

A doppelgänger for Porseleinberg 2012. That was my immediate impression on opening the Syrah 2012 Vin de Pays L’Ardeche made by Hervé Souhaut (R350 a bottle from Wine Cellar in Observatory). Red and black fruit, purple flowers and a hint of white pepper on the nose. Light and fresh (abv 12%) with a good core [...]

August 19, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Porseleinberg 2010

The next big from the Swartland: Porseleinberg is an organic vineyard owned by Boekenhoutskloof. 2010 is the maiden commercial release, the wine made by Callie Louw, previously of Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards (now Fable). 100% Syrah. Whole bunch pressed, spontaneous ferment, 65% matured in 2 500-litre foudres and 35% in 600-litre concrete eggs for 16 months. [...]

June 18, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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