Tim James: On SA’s oldest red-wine vineyard

Around 120 years ago – let’s say in 1900, to fit with the formal record, though that was made later – a vineyard was planted on the outskirts of Wellington, alongside the dirt road down which ox-wagons laboured into town. The first and unanswerable question is – why? These were bad times in the Cape […]

April 3, 2017
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Some thoughts on the Wine Label Design Awards

It’s difficult to be optimistic on a morning when you awake to find that President Zuma has administered a cabinet reshuffle that only bodes ill but the results of the third annual Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel announced earlier in the week  suggested in some small way that the future for South Africa […]

April 1, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: On the Nederburg Auction selection process

The Nederburg Auction has been changing the way it goes about its business, a decision which both reflects a change of guard at Distell, and also the recognition that for South Africa’s oldest and best established rare wine sale to remain relevant it has to move from the Dark Ages to the 21st century. One […]

March 29, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 0 Comments

SA vs Rest of World Pinot Noir Tasting

Starting in 2015, Tim Atkin MW and Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore  Estate Vineyards in Greyton  have taken it upon  themselves to arrange a tasting where the best of South African wine are put up next to some leading examples from the rest of the world in order to facilitate discussion. The most recent event  featuring […]

March 28, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc and the issue of packaging

The first and undoubtedly most important thing to be said about the maiden release from Thistle & Weed, a wine called Duwweltjie and from the 2016 vintage, is that it’s very good. It’s yet another instance of the Cape’s great resources, both of chenin blanc and of ardent young winemaker-viticulturist teams ready to make a […]

March 27, 2017
by Tim James
with 6 Comments

Tim James: Wine criticism and conflicts of interest

Like all tasters for the Platter Guide I recently received the customary “Declaration of interest and confidentiality” for signing. As usual (though one year I went to the trouble of trying to fully understand the many clauses), I duly and dully signed and returned it. It’s a necessary and important part of the process, this, […]

March 20, 2017
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Ataraxia’s Kevin Grant rethinks the red blend

Back in February, Pretoria-based lawyer and wine enthusiast Johan Smuts exhorted me and colleague Tim James on Twitter to review the 2014 and 2015 vintages of the red blend known as Serenity as made by Kevin Grant under his Ataraxia label. The wines were dispatched, Grant including the as yet unreleased 2016 in order to […]

March 15, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Abrie Beeslaar and his various takes on Pinotage

Pinotage, so long the prisoner of its own conservative socio-cultural significance (as well as of inappropriate sites and winemaking), is starting to appear in more modern Cape guise – with fresh, exciting versions from Fram, David & Nadia, B Vintners and Spioenkop, for example. But the grape has no more eloquent expression, I’d suggest, than […]

March 13, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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