Tim James: Praise due to DeMorgenzon

I’ve been dredging the internet to no avail, unable to check my wholly fallible memory that it was Sydney Smith, the nineteenth-century English clergyman, writer and wit, who suggested that one should “dine with the rich, but go to the play with the poor – for they are capable of joy”. Google doesn’t seem to […]

November 3, 2014
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Tim James: Fewer 5-Star wines in Platter’s – a necessary recalibration

So what are the surprises in this year’s list of Platter’s 5-star wines? Perhaps, firstly, that there are just 50 of them (plus one new brandy – only new brandies were tasted this year). That’s down from 80 wines last year. It’s a good move on the whole to tighten up standards, though I do […]

October 27, 2014
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Tim James: On Belfield and Elgin’s potential for high-quality reds

When Paul Cluver Estate some years back ceased bottling their cabernet grapes under their own label – to concentrate on whites and pinot – I thought it a good idea. Red wines from Elgin (pinot apart) seemed largely expendable, despite occasional exceptions – with the rarity of the exceptions making the point. That’s not to […]

October 20, 2014
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Tim James: Cape Winemakers Guild membership scrutinised

This year’s Cape Winemakers Guild Auction is now done – very successfully, and with encouraging suggestions that there are a number of rich people out there, including local and foreign diners at certain restaurants, willing to spend a lot of money on Cape wine (much more once Mr Pick of the Butcher Shop & Grill […]

October 13, 2014
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Tim James: Are Cape pinots world class?

Paul Cluver (PC The Younger, that is) came as close to agreeing with me as he decently could. He was giving me and a few others lunch recently, tasty Italian food washed down with his pinot noir flagship, Seven Flags – the elegant, comparatively light and youthfully charming 2011. The question I asked him, as […]

October 6, 2014
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Tim James: Specialisation by appellation

It’s one of the signs of the maturing Cape wine revolution that winegrowing areas are tending to associations with particular varieties. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that (in common with other New World countries) South Africa will never make such associations part of law as it is in much of Europe – where the […]

September 29, 2014
by Tim James
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