KWV The Mentors and its standing in the marketplace

With the operational assets of liquor business KWV Holdings sold by empowerment giant Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) to drinks industry veteran Vivian Imerman of Vasari Group earlier this year, yet another round of introspection for this super-co-op turned private company. Head winemaker Johann Fourie has left to be replaced by Wim Truter, who only recently […]

August 18, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On Samuel Pepys and home blending

This is not at all what I intended to write about. In fact I had almost finished an earnest and highly enthusiastic little piece for you about Portuguese varieties in South Africa – but then I had my supper and felt it my duty to accompany it with some of my today’s Platter wines. And, […]

August 15, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

What to buy at the Nederburg Auction 2016

The Nederburg Auction, which has run since 1975, bills itself as “(a) unique event showcasing South Africa’s finest wines”. After it appeared that the auction was starting to lose prestige during the 2000s, a panel of experts was introduced a few years ago to screen submissions and thereby bolster confidence among buyers.  This year’s group […]

August 11, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On wine allocations

There are various ways of coping with a demand that exceeds supply. The basic method dictated by our splendid economic regime is, of course, price: you can only have it if you can afford it. Stalinist Eastern Europe relied more on a willingness to queue for any luxuries available to the general public. As for […]

August 9, 2016
by Tim James
with 7 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Scientific literacy and the difference between fact and opinion

Recently, I was part of a discussion where a viticulturist was explaining how to handle leaf roll virus infection in the vineyard – monitoring plants, testing suspected infected vines and ruthlessly ripping them out if they proved infected. A question was posed by someone in attendance, mentioning another winery that believes their leafroll-infected blocks produce […]

August 5, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On Gabriëlskloof as a centre of excellence

When Chris and Suzaan Alheit shared their Hemel-en-Aarde cellar with Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, and more briefly with John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters, they all spoke occasionally of it as a “centre of winemaking excellence” (and even made the T-shirt). There was obviously humour behind the pompous grandeur of the words – but that […]

August 1, 2016
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Should we still care about ageing wine?

“And no man having drunk old wine desireth new; for he saith, ‘The old is good.’” The Gospels were clear on the value and importance of mature wine. Two thousand years later, in this, as in all matters intangible, there is less certainty. Retailers report that customers regularly reject the older vintages of a particular […]

July 27, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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Who’s making SA’s best wine and how much should you spend for it?

The market is not monolithic and for every consumer who wants light-bodied, low-alcohol, 100% whole-bunch fermentation Grenache which can be served from the fridge, there is equally somebody who wants a super-concentrated, 100% new oak matured Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux-style red blend to go with his 600g rib-eye. What is interesting, however, is that the […]

July 27, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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