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Tim James: Tasting SA’s priciest Chardonnay

It was only when checking my notes about the maiden release of Capensis Chardonnay (2014 vintage) that I realised its launch party was almost...

Tim James: Update on the drought

In this drought year of 2018, with the wine-grape harvest now well under way in warmer regions and for earlier-ripening varieties, there are some...

Tim James: Wine’s two dominant styles and where to place Stellenbosch

As we experience in South African wine no less than elsewhere (and perhaps a bit more) there’s a “duopoly” in wine these days: two...

Tim James: Alcohol on labels and other regulations

There are, sadly and obviously, a vast number of things which I know I don’t know. But in a few paltry areas I feel...

Tim James: On “light reds”

There’s much to be said in favour of light wines. In fact, for a whole school of hipsters, both winemakers and wine drinkers, it...

Tim James: Boekenhoutskloof’s 2015 reds

Late last year I called in at Boekenhoutskloof. On an earlier visit, the new barrel cellar had been  a huge muddy hole in the...

Tim James: KWV celebrates 100 years – some reflections on its...

Let’s be grateful that the KWV doesn’t celebrate its birthday as assiduously as does the African National Congress. We can also breathe a happy...

Tim James: Is a market correction on the way for top-end...

Last year – 2017 – seemed to me marked by a sudden leap in the prices of upper-end local wines. Or had they been...