Tim James: On the current-release Chapoutier reds

In October 2012 I persuaded Roland Peens of Wine Cellar in Cape Town to organise a small tasting of fairly modestly priced red blends. The point was to compare wines at that price level from the increasingly fashionable Swartland and from Southern France. My feeling at the time was that one might, in fact, find […]

October 24, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: On the current-release Chapoutier whites

There are various reasons why, in the midst of all the fine local stuff offered us these days, we should look to wine imports. The main one must be to get styles and levels of quality not available here. Then there’s a trade-off in terms of cost: how much more are you prepared (or able) […]

October 17, 2016
by Tim James
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André Morgenthal: Klein Constantia library tasting

“We are not simply tasting our library stock to see what’s in good enough shape to release commercially.  The objective is rather to share these older vintages with interested individuals. These are in fact part of our collective wine heritage and it would be a sin for us to allow it to deteriorate while it […]

October 16, 2016
by Andre Morgenthal
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Marthélize Tredoux: Who drinks what and why?

I spend a lot of time thinking about discrepancies in the wine industry. Things I observe that seem like gaps – gaps in reasoning, or practice, or simply in attitude. Some on the part of producers, some on the side of the customers (or consumers – which word are we using this week?). Sometimes even […]

October 14, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Swartland red blends re-assessed

Earlier this year, I rated the Malabar 2012, the Rhône-style red blend from Charles Back’s Swarland operation Spice Route, 90 on the 100-point quality scale (see here). Once the score was published, Back expressed his disappointment saying “After all the time and effort we’ve invested in this project, I thought we’d be further ahead”.  Out […]

October 13, 2016
by Christian
with 5 Comments

From the Swartland Revolution to the Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium

The Swartland Revolution ran from 2010 until 2015, the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration took place for the third time earlier this year and the district of Elgin completed its first ever Chardonnay Colloquium this past weekend. UK wine writer Jamie Goode was guest speaker at the Colloquium and perhaps the key take-out from his address […]

October 12, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: On food and wine pairing

Twice recently I was prompted to consider food and wine pairing. I must admit to some scepticism on the subject – at least compared to the enthusiasm of many. I tend to find that a good wine and good food sort each other out adequately – though some combinations clearly are not good for either […]

October 10, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: On Palomino

  Having enthused recently about one unfashionable white grape, clairette blanche, showing small signs of a Cape comeback at an ambitious level (see here), I’m repeating the exercise with palomino. Though again, unfortunately, there’s no immediate prospect of encouraging people to go out and buy some: there’s extremely little around in bottle – as a […]

October 3, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment
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