Marthélize Tredoux: SA wine needs a fair price both here and abroad but is it possible?

I can’t resist jumping on a good bandwagon, so let me jump on this recent one with gleeful abandon: A bargain wine from a mystery producer raked in a bucket full of awards at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show causing many wine snobs to wrinkle their noses in disgust. Walking away as the most […]

June 8, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 14 Comments

Is there a more crucial positioning statement than price?

Those who have been following the South African wine scene for a while will remember that the winner of the 2007 Chenin Blanc Challenge as convened by Wine magazine while still in print was the unheralded Val du Chêne 2004 from producer-wholesaler KWV. The wine, which sold for the princely sum of R45 a bottle, […]

June 8, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On the wine avant-garde and its merits

The Hermanus FynArts festival – held each winter in that once sleepy little coastal resort best known to winelovers as being close to the Hemel en Aarde valley – is mostly about fine arts, as the name implies. But it has a strong food and wine component too, the latter conceived and organised by Melvyn […]

June 5, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On white wine in winter

In a fit of virtue last week I was tidying up kitchen cupboards when I made the happy discovery of a rather battered cardboard box with a dozen bottles of rather nice wine. Clearly I’d collected the case from storage and forgotten to do anything with it except put it out of the way “for […]

May 30, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: What SA wine needs to do to crack the American market

There has been some introspection in recent opinion pieces on this site around South African wine in international markets – both on how the world sees us as well as our actual performance (see here and here). Nutshell version: our wines are consistently getting great recognition from international critics (Tim Atkin, Neal Martin, Jancis Robinson […]

May 26, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: How to save SA’s old vines

The plight of old vines, or more correctly, of the owners of old vineyards, has been in the media lately. It is becoming increasingly clear that, pretty much at the same time as we have discovered the joy of wines made with fruit harvested from old vines, we’re about to watch our heritage vineyards vanish […]

May 25, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 5 Comments

Are we all talking about the same thing when it comes to “elegance” in wine?

It strikes me there are two opposing conceptions of what “elegance” in wine means. After attending the recent “SA Luxury Red Wine Taste-Off” featuring 12 wines priced between R735 and R2 450 a bottle, I made the observation “sweet and smooth trumps savoury and grippy” which upon reflection, seems superficial. What’s really going on is […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
with 6 Comments

Tim James: The remarkably low number of SA wineries – Part Two

Twenty years ago, as the millennium approached, and the Cape wine revolution gathered momentum, the Lammershoek farm on the Paardeberg was still delivering its grapes to the local co-op, where they largely disappeared into the voluminous anonymity of vast blending tanks. Then, after an ownership change, the Lammershoek cellar was recommissioned, and increasingly the grapes […]

May 23, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments
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