The difficulty with terroir

The fourth annual Hemel en Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration has just been concluded, the fundamental point of debate being whether or not the creation of the three wine wards of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge corresponded to discernible differences in the respective wines. Underlying all of this, the notion of terroir […]

February 1, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Pinot noir and terroir in the Hemel en Aarde

Where there’s talk of pinot noir, there’s talk of terroir, and the influence of soil, sun and slope on perhaps the most expressively transparent of black grapes. Inevitably, there was much discussion of this at the annual Hemel en Aarde Winegrowers Association Pinot Noir Celebration, held in the eponymous valley last Friday and Saturday. It […]

January 30, 2017
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: Disruption – Why so difficult?

The story of an Oregon-based winemaker who adopted an atypical strategy to market and sell one of his wine labels came to my attention recently. Mark Tarlov sells his Alit label directly to the consumer – completely circumventing traditional distribution in the process. Direct-to-consumer sales in itself isn’t groundbreaking, but this winemaker has taken a […]

January 26, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Michael Fridjhon: Does a wine’s age-worthiness go towards investment potential?

In wine geek circles the discussion around investment wines continues unabated. Linked to this – for obvious reasons – is the question of age-ability. If a wine is to be kept long enough to appreciate meaningfully in the hands of a speculator, it will need more than a few years of life in it. This […]

January 25, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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Tim James: The wines of Johan “Stompie” Meyer

I’ve been happily drinking some of Johan Meyer’s wines this past week. If that name isn’t fully familiar to winelovers, try his ubiquitously used nickname, Stompie. He should be amongst the best known of the second-generation of new-wave Swartland wine-people (taking Sadie, Badenhorst et al as the first). Anyway, Johan “Stompie” Meyer is surely one […]

January 23, 2017
by Tim James
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Has ageing wine become irrelevant?

How is the maiden vintage Columella 2000 from Eben Sadie faring? Bar a single bottle still remaining in my late dad’s cellar, I’m not sure there’s any left to take a view on. Recently, there have been a number of articles by prominent commentators suggesting that wines are now made for earlier drinking and the […]

January 18, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Wine and money

Amongst some year-end binge watching (Veep; The People v OJ Simpson) I fitted in some binge re-reading of the art criticism etc of Robert Hughes. Hughes is – or was, I suppose, as he died in 2012 – my favourite Australian, apart, of course, from wine distributor David Clarke and winemaker Mick Craven. A percurrent […]

January 16, 2017
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: The plan for 2017

New Year, New You! Oh, no. Wait. Wrong audience. New Year, New Wine? Nope. That doesn’t make sense. Never mind. It’s 2017. Harvest has started. The game is on. I have always loved he old year/new year changeover. In reality, nothing really changes. If you are fortunate enough to take some time off (a few […]

January 12, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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