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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...

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 –...

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...

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...

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...