10 years ago this month

10 years ago, Marc Kent had just won Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for the Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2005 – this offering from the Franschhoek cellar remains a local benchmark of the variety, the current release 2015 the first time that it is certified as being from the Swartland whereas for a long while it […]

December 6, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Impressions left by a Riedel Glassware Masterclass

I’d attended a Riedel glass tasting before (and heard others’ experiences) and knew that again I’d come away fully convinced of the genius of this glassware designed to bring out or suppress characteristics of different wines – tannin, perfume, greenness, etc, etc. Fully convinced, that is, that the shape and dimensions of a glass can […]

December 4, 2017
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Why it’s a good time to be in wine – five reasons to be optimistic about in 2018

It hasn’t been an easy year for South Africa, notwithstanding the ever-increasing excitement around our wines in many of the international markets. The local market is depressed, exchange rate fluctuations have taken some of the cream out of the foreign trades, the political situation is parlous and doesn’t look likely to improve for some time […]

November 29, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 2 Comments

Tim James: The impact of the drought

Few of us in the Western Cape fully realise as yet, I suspect, the impact the drought will have. Little by little I’m discovering more, partly though the perspective of wine. Amidst a larger agricultural crisis which will cost many thousands of jobs and create great suffering and anguish, vineyards accustomed to copious irrigation are […]

November 27, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Picking apart price

Let’s face it: it was inevitable that I would sit down and hurl my R0.02 at the latest wine industry windup. Two local winemakers (pick your own adjective here: creative/ambitious/cheeky/gutsy/ridiculous/insane) just released “the.” – a 2014 Cabernet Franc at a cool R5 000 a bottle. Oh and you can only purchase it in packs of […]

November 22, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 12 Comments

Can a price of R5000 a bottle for an SA wine be justified?

If part of the motivation on the part of Brian Smith of Elgin Ridge Wines and Niels Verburg of Luddite in launching the. Cabernet Franc 2014 at R15 000 per three-bottle case (see here) was to enliven the debate about local wine pricing, they’ve succeeded. At the equivalent of R5 000 a bottle, it’s the […]

November 22, 2017
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Tim James: Nederburg and the challenges of effective branding

It’s a debate of relevance – probably unresolvable except by time – to countries as well as big brands: Does a reputation for lower quality wines drag down the overall image, despite significant top performers? Or do those top performers raise the image, pulling up the lesser stuff? The question has obvious connections to South […]

November 20, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: How much to spend on rosé?

With gritted teeth and a gulp, and eyebrows raised aghast at my own action (you try doing all that at the same time, especially while reaching for your credit card) I paid a hefty sum for a bottle of … Cape rosé! It’s not even a category of wine I much enjoy. For those bucks […]

November 13, 2017
by Tim James
with 2 Comments
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