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Tim James: On old-vine Chardonnay and SA’s murky wine history

There are remarkably few old chardonnay vines in the Cape. On her old-vine website, viticulturist Rosa Kruger lists just one block over 35 years...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Michael Fridjhon: If SA wine rates so high, why is our...

Cape wine – or to be more accurate – the rarefied end of the country's fine wine spectrum has been getting a great press...
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