Why the notion of the “rock star winemaker” is worth celebrating

News just in that Duncan Savage is leaving Cape Point Vineyards to go it alone. As Tim James observes on Grape.co.za, Savage was the only winemaker represented twice in the recent Top 20 South African wineries poll, for Savage Wines (after a mere three vintages) and for Cape Point Vineyards. You feel that Savage Wines […]

April 13, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: How a concrete egg hatched Silwervis

It began at the inaugural Swartland Revolution, the story of Silwervis wine, which you probably know of. The story continues into Avant Garde Wines and Terra Cura, which you’ve perhaps not yet heard of yet, but will). It’s a satisfying tale. At that 2010 Revolution’s charity auction, winelover Michael Roets, with no winery but with […]

April 11, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Marthélize Tredoux: What’s really wrong with SA wine exports

Since Michael Fridjhon asked why South African market share isn’t increasing internationally (specifically UK and USA) when our wines are receiving such high scores from renowned critics (see here), I’ve been chewing on the question, his article and the comments it attracted. Actually, I’ve been mulling this question over for much, much longer than that. […]

April 7, 2016
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Have we got our calibrations for Pinot Noir right?

  Just how good is SA Pinot Noir? It’s a privilege to embed myself at the Wine Judging Academy organised by Michael Fridjhon every year as some benchmark wines get poured over the three days and it’s a useful way of re-calibrating. One of the flights that attendees of this year’s Academy got to taste […]

April 7, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

On scores and tasting notes

I was unfortunately unable to attend the recent SA vs Rest of World Chardonnay tasting which took place at Lismore in Greyton recently (see here) but I gather that one point of discussion was whether or not a wine can be too precise or “pretty”. Put differently, does a wine need to have “scratches and […]

April 4, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: In praise of Grenache

Grenache – which if the wine world were fair we’d call garnacha, as it is a Spanish variety, though best known for its voluminous occupation of southern France – has been in the Cape for a century or so in  small way. Only in the past dozen or so years, however, has the variety become […]

April 4, 2016
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: If SA wine rates so high, why is our market share not increasing?

Cape wine – or to be more accurate – the rarefied end of the country’s fine wine spectrum has been getting a great press lately. Most of the big name international critics – Jancis Robinson, Neal Martin, Tim Atkin (to name but a few) talk of the current releases from the mainly craft-driven cellars in […]

March 30, 2016
by Christian
with 20 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Trizanne Barnard of Trizanne Signature Wines

The din of the cellar mutes winemaker Trizanne Barnard’s voice as she draws the thief from the barrel. She fills my glass with its golden contents, and I hear enough to know its barrel-aged Semillon. Colleague Duncan Savage is in the background—directing a forklift carrying an amphora as tall as he is. In it, he’s […]

March 29, 2016
by Malu Lambert
with 0 Comments
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