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Marthélize Tredoux: It’s not all bad news

It feels like everyone I know is collectively suffering from that special brand of fatigue that sets in around October. End-of-year-itis. My mind keeps...

Tim James: A visit to Oldenburg

Come over the Helshoogte Pass from Stellenbosch, past Thelema, Tokara and Delaire on the crest, and there’s the lovely Banghoek Valley around you as...

Michael Fridjhon: On the draft liquor bill and its impact on...

Wine-drinkers who think that regulation around the sale of liquor is unlikely to have any impact on their being able to enjoy their favourite...

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....

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....

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...

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,...

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...
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