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Tim James: The stylistic vagaries of SA Port-style wines

I’ve been thinking, rather unfashionably, about port. Rather unseasonably too, perhaps, as we move into spring and most people seem to associate drinking fortified...

Tim James: On Clairette Blanche

Let me start by digressing. I was browsing today through R.U. Kenney’s biography - more a hagiography, really - of Abraham Perold, and paused...

Marthélize Tredoux: A little less conversation, a little more action

Innovate (verb): Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas or products. In about two weeks’ time, representatives from all walks of...

Has Steenberg gone to market too early with Magna Carta 2015?

John Loubser, MD of Steenberg, relates that the Constantia property pioneered a Bordeaux-style white blend under the Catharina label from 1999 until 2001 but...

Hunter Valley vs SA Shiraz

Today saw a comparative tasting of Hunter Valley and South African Shiraz, 12 top examples of each, held in Fresnaye, Cape Town. Out of...

Tim James: On the continuing emergence of natural wines

It was the most unusual line-up I’ve experienced at one of the big final Platter’s tastings. (For those who don’t know, this event has...

Michael Fridjhon: Possible effects of climate change on the wine industry

Climate change is not an uncontroversial subject, with a spectrum of opinions which range from whether or not we are still living in a...

Tim James: More on Portuguese varieties in SA

It was only in the 1990s that Portugal’s Douro region started to produce red table wines in a big way, using the varieties that...