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Tim James: Carinus and the way forward for Cape wine

One can plausibly understand the development of South Africa as a quality wine producer by looking at the wine industry’s progressive movement away from...

Tim James: Drinking some older Cape whites

We’re inevitably still learning about how the wines of the Cape revolution are maturing (though no doubt we’re also drinking many of them too...

Tim James: Madeira then and now

If you were drinking Cape wine two centuries ago – whether in Cape Town or London – the chances are slight that it would...

Tim James: What to make of imported wine prices in SA?

Many South African wines are notably – sometimes substantially – less expensive at home than they are abroad and some at the top end...

Tim James: Cheaper Syrahs

As most serious wine lovers agree, Cape white wines are generally superior category to Cape reds, and this is particularly relevant at the lower...

Tim James: A visit to Reyneke Wines (Part 2)

A few years back Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah offered perhaps the most extraordinary price:quality ratio in Red Cape wine. Sadly for us, Reyneke’s prices have...

Tim James: Different readings of the modern history of SA Chenin...

On Saturday, Christa von la Chevallerie’s Nuwedam Chenin Blanc 2017 became the first wine to be launched bearing the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal of...

Tim James: A visit to Reyneke Wines

I’m a touch worried about getting excessively lyrical around Reyneke wines. It’s not any lack of objectivity, but it might perhaps seem a bit...