Tim James: On Afrikaans wine labels

If one chose to characterise it linguistic-culturally (and why not?), the South African wine industry is overwhelmingly an Afrikaans one, with its roots emphatically Dutch. Most of the grape growers, most of the winemakers, and most of the workers are Afrikaans-speaking. As the industry emerges proudly from  a situation of not entirely unjustified cultural cringe, […]

August 14, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: The great cork-screwcap debate revisited

I don’t think I’ve ever written about the great cork-screwcap debate without dithering somewhat. Probably I could sum up my attitude by saying that if I were buying Sadie or Boekenhoutskloof wines and was offered the choice of the wine under screwcap or (good quality) cork, I’d go for the latter – the natural ones […]

August 7, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: The wines of Arcangeli Vineyards

You couldn’t call Krige Visser a Young Gun – not with that splendid full grey beard (acquired fairly recently – since I last met him, at least). But in spirit? Ah, yes. A Middle-Aged Gun, then. I had a pizza with him last week at Burrata in Cape Town; that is, I had a pizza […]

July 31, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: Deconstructing terroir – the roles of place, soil and clone

Ambitious producers can’t talk long about their wines without sliding in some reference to terroir, or sense of place. But they can mean very different sort of places, and expressions of them. When Eben Sadie was establishing his Columella and Palladius early this century he was convinced that the Swartland needed blends (of both place […]

July 24, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: On conceptions of luxury and their relevance to wine

What is gastronomic luxury? In a recent column in the World of Fine Wine, the thoughtful British food writer Francis Percival talks about “two competing visions” in the contemporary restaurant world: on the one hand, “checklist luxury”, which “comes from what the experience contains … the luxury of perpetual filet mignon and lobster”. Then there’s […]

July 18, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: Looking for terroir in the Douro

This century has seen an accelerated move towards specificity in wine everywhere. It’s been very obvious in the Cape, not least: mostly in terms of general “terroir”, but also, for example, expressing soil types (with the Mullineux’s separate bottlings of syrah from schist, granite and iron a paradigm example), or even clonal selections (as in […]

July 11, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: Kloovenburg on the up

Larger wineries are important to the stability and continuity of a region. Much of the excitement of Swartland wine this century has been generated by young winemakers buying in grapes – but mostly without owning their own land, and often enough without their own cellars. This is changing to an extent, as the revolution matures, […]

June 19, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: On the effect of ever increasing wine prices

The upward-spiralling international price of the finest wine may have a much deeper effect than merely limiting the ordinary wine lover’s access to them. It’s possibly even causing some significant changes in the world wine market, in the way that wines are being made and enjoyed. I’m thinking of the role played in that market […]

May 22, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments
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