André Morgenthal: A visit to Sadie Family Wines

“We’re 10 years in and only vaguely understanding the vineyards,” says Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines  as he welcomes guests to the latest vintage release.  And he reckons agricultural resources are depleted to such an extent that everyone has to reconsider viticulture and vinification going forwards.  The drought is clearly hitting them hard, Riebeek […]

August 24, 2017
by Andre Morgenthal
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The rise of Breedekloof Makers

“Anderkantdieberg” (The Other Side of the Mountain) used to be a pejorative term for the producers of Breedekloof River Valley, wrapped up in the epithet the idea that once you crossed the Du Toitskloof Mountains which separate Paarl from Worcester, you had forsaken fine wine for its commodity opposite. “Why does the media never give […]

August 23, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On wax capsules

At this time of year (my tasting-for-Platter time, with desk, floorspace and life littered with bottles of wine) I often think about bottle closures – not infrequently with some irritation. I recently revisited in a small way here the screwcap-cork debate, but didn’t mention how, around now, whatever I think of the important arguments, when […]

August 21, 2017
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: Less talk and more action required to move SA wine forward

“South Africa has been the next big thing for a frustratingly long time, without ever reaching its full potential.” This sentence is part of the introduction to the 2017 WineLand/Adams&Adams Seminar – the topic for this year being “Leader of the Pack”. The question formulated asks what will it take to finally switch SA wine […]

August 18, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: On Afrikaans wine labels

If one chose to characterise it linguistic-culturally (and why not?), the South African wine industry is overwhelmingly an Afrikaans one, with its roots emphatically Dutch. Most of the grape growers, most of the winemakers, and most of the workers are Afrikaans-speaking. As the industry emerges proudly from  a situation of not entirely unjustified cultural cringe, […]

August 14, 2017
by Tim James
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What does the future hold for SA Cinsaut?

The biggest insight to arise out of a recent Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting on Cinsaut presented by Etienne le Riche of Le Riche Wines is that there is no need to decide whether the variety works better on its own or in a blend but rather that these are two very different propositions. Le […]

August 14, 2017
by Christian
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Darling: Are we in a serious relationship or just a fling?

If terroir is everything, then how to understand the district of Darling? Named after the West Coast town of the same name, most wine enthusiasts will know it for Sauvignon Blanc from the higher-lying ward of Groenekloof but up until 2003, it was included in the Swartland and further inland there remain old-fashioned dryland bush […]

August 10, 2017
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Rikus Neethling of Bizoe Wines

“I couldn’t get a job I really cared about,” says Rikus Neethling. So in 2008, when it was still not very much the norm for winemakers to do their own thing, he did. “I’d been at a co-op and there just wasn’t any passion not that we didn’t make good wines.” This time would prove […]

August 8, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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