Malu Lambert: Interview with Craig Wessels of Restless River

Any day that begins in a drop-top 110 Land Rover is bound to be interesting. Even more so when it’s Craig Wessels of Restless River Vineyards in the driving seat. Craig isn’t your usual winemaker type – in place of the expected khakis and sleeveless windbreaker are a Nirvana T-shirt and shredded jeans. He’s also […]

January 17, 2018
by Malu Lambert
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Craig Hawkins of Testalonga

Craig Hawkins of Testalonga is this intangible mix of quirk and depth. Talking to him is like tumbling down the rabbit hole. You can’t quite put your finger on what he’s doing or how he’s doing it, but you know for sure you like it. “We make wines that we want to drink, and then […]

December 6, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Duncan Savage of Savage Wines

“Forklifts can come right to the door,” says Duncan Savage with a wide smile showing me around his urban cellar in Salt River. He’s as excited by this as if he’s just told me he’s off on a surf trip to Bali for the next six months. It’s understandable. Trusting your entire winemaking operation to […]

November 13, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Corlea Fourie of Bosman Family Wines

Corlea Fourie knew she had something special with the Optenhorst Vineyard. Located on a hill of the Bosman Family Wines farm, the vineyard is watched over by the ‘W’ in the Wellington Mountains. Stocky, sturdy chenin blanc bush vines thrust out of the ground. There’s a graveyard-like stillness up here, a feeling brought on perhaps […]

October 5, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Koen Roose of Spioenkop

Koen Roose is sitting inside his Elgin cellar at a wooden bench, stirring a bentonite mixture with an oversize whisk. I ask him what wine the fining agent is for. Cracking a big smile, he says “The Riesling 2017, can you believe it!” “Come, come,” he says in Flemish-accented English, hauling himself up and me […]

September 10, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Miles Mossop of Miles Mossop Wines

“I’ve never worked anywhere else,” says Miles Mossop. After nearly two decades of steering Tokara’s ship into award-winning wine territory, he’s soon to be sailing solo with Miles Mossop Wines. Though these things don’t happen quickly: there’s 18 years of minutiae on Tokara’s wines and vineyards stored in his mind that he needs to share […]

July 5, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Ryan Mostert of Silwervis Wines

Ryan Mostert is the kind of guy that can’t help standing out.  Well, first off he’s tall. Then you’ll notice him for his enthusiasm, his ability to jump on the subject of wine and run with it. Add to that the eye-popping wine labels for Silwervis and Smiley (the recently launched Terracura Syrah’s branding a […]

June 7, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Peter Bayly of Peter Bayly Wines

Nothing can prepare you for the sheer drama of Peter Bayly’s Klein Karoo vineyard. Hidden just off a dirt road, a sign with a flying pig swings lightly in the dust. The entrance is humble, which makes the view of the vineyard as you turn the corner even more thrilling. Bordered by towering cliffs strung […]

May 17, 2016
by Malu Lambert
with 0 Comments
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