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 attendees. For those who haven’t been paying attention for the past six years: the Swartland Revolution is a now world-famous gathering of some hundreds of people in the little Swartland town […]

November 9, 2015
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Tim James: More on A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines

I haven’t been able to quite make up my mind about Adi Badenhorst’s 2014 wine called Brak-Kuil Barbarossa – but I’ve had a marvellous time dithering over a few glassfuls of it. Is it merely a good wine, or is it very good or even excellent? Undoubtedly it is unusual, rather fascinating, and a great […]

November 2, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

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 Sadie is there doing the driving … and a lot of the talking. It means a 6.30am start from Malmesbury, up the N7 with all its roadworks, turn-off at Clanwilliam onto […]

October 26, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Why red wine is ultimately more collectible than white

Christian’s report on the SA Sommelier Association’s tasting of old Cape whites got me pondering, and being pushed into questioning prejudices is always a good thing. Is Eben Sadie right in finding “zero logic” to most wine-drinkers’ inclination to both spend more on red wine than white and mature it for longer (the two are, […]

October 19, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: A Visit to Shannon Vineyards

The longest row of vines at Shannon Vineyards is just over 100 metres. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that the detail I remember best from a recent visit is probably this rather trivial one – though I spent a few hours with James Downes driving and walking around this beautiful Elgin property. The vineyards […]

October 12, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Looking at natural winemaking and “natural sweet” wines

Statistics can be most revealing, of course – but can need interrogating or supplementing if they are to lead one towards a correct understanding. Sometimes it starts the other way round, and statistics must be ransacked to find support for something already known (or suspected). That’s how the little investigative adventure I’m reporting on began […]

October 5, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: What’s really happening in Cape wine these days?

In the latest post on Grape.co.za, Tim James accuses two important critics, namely Michael Fridjhon and James Molesworth of “misunderstanding Cape wine.” Fridjhon gets taken to task for referring to the Zoo Biscuits collective (incorporating Alheit Vineyards, Thorne & Daughte et al.) as the “lunatic fringe” whereas James “can’t see them as bizarre in any […]

October 2, 2015
by Tim James
with 6 Comments

Tim James: A visit to Spioenkop

Koen Roose led me to a hilltop on his Spioenkop estate in Elgin. All around the vines were thrusting forth little fistfuls of bright green into the spring sunshine, but the wind was gusting mightily – Koen says it seldom ceases here, just changes direction occasionally to bring rain, instead of cool air from the […]

September 28, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments
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