SA vs Rest of World Pinot Noir Tasting

Starting in 2015, Tim Atkin MW and Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore  Estate Vineyards in Greyton  have taken it upon  themselves to arrange a tasting where the best of South African wine are put up next to some leading examples from the rest of the world in order to facilitate discussion. The most recent event  featuring […]

March 28, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc and the issue of packaging

The first and undoubtedly most important thing to be said about the maiden release from Thistle & Weed, a wine called Duwweltjie and from the 2016 vintage, is that it’s very good. It’s yet another instance of the Cape’s great resources, both of chenin blanc and of ardent young winemaker-viticulturist teams ready to make a […]

March 27, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: Wine criticism and conflicts of interest

Like all tasters for the Platter Guide I recently received the customary “Declaration of interest and confidentiality” for signing. As usual (though one year I went to the trouble of trying to fully understand the many clauses), I duly and dully signed and returned it. It’s a necessary and important part of the process, this, […]

March 20, 2017
by Tim James
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Ataraxia’s Kevin Grant rethinks the red blend

Back in February, Pretoria-based lawyer and wine enthusiast Johan Smuts exhorted me and colleague Tim James on Twitter to review the 2014 and 2015 vintages of the red blend known as Serenity as made by Kevin Grant under his Ataraxia label. The wines were dispatched, Grant including the as yet unreleased 2016 in order to […]

March 15, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Abrie Beeslaar and his various takes on Pinotage

Pinotage, so long the prisoner of its own conservative socio-cultural significance (as well as of inappropriate sites and winemaking), is starting to appear in more modern Cape guise – with fresh, exciting versions from Fram, David & Nadia, B Vintners and Spioenkop, for example. But the grape has no more eloquent expression, I’d suggest, than […]

March 13, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: The science behind herbicides and pesticides

This week I want everyone to buckle up for a quick science lesson. In the conventional versus organic farming debate, I keep seeing basic terms used, abused and misappropriated – more often than not to push an agenda. So for the sake of all that is accurate (and by extension to me as a scientist, […]

March 10, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On the unusual pleasure of sweet wine

Perhaps strangely, given an admittedly sweet tooth, I seldom drink late harvest wines – and can’t remember when I last bought one. They can be marvellous, of course, but given the choice I would always choose a fortified sweet wine instead. The glass of unfortified that I remember best was my first German riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, […]

March 6, 2017
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Tim James: Maanschijn and the continuing Cape wine revolution

And so the Cape wine revolution moves on, its energy undiminished, devouring the generations and bringing forth new ones. To the youngest people coming in as winemakers and viticulturists, Chris Alheit must seem like quite a senior figure in the industry and Eben Sadie a venerable one, if not exactly ancient – with André van […]

February 27, 2017
by Tim James
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