Michael Fridjhon: Cab vs Shiraz – which will prevail?

I arrived recently at what turned out to be a BYO restaurant (there are still a few about) located quite close to an Ultra Liquors suburban store, so I went to the off-licence to find something suitable. There was a pretty impressive selection – so choosing was actually more difficult than I imagined it would […]

January 27, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 1 Comment

Tim James: The effect of the drought in the Swartland

“It’s been a battle!” says Eben Sadie, just a third of the way through his 2016 harvest. In his voice is the hyping up, the adrenalin flow that harvest – and battle – brings, but also weariness. In 18 years working in the Swartland, he says, he’s never seen conditions like this, with implacable drought […]

January 25, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Alto Rouge and the notion of Cinsaut blends

Recently a bottle of Alto Rouge 2013 (R70 from the cellar) which, according to the back label, is now a blend of Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It was pleasant but unremarkable. Should we expect more from a brand like Alto Rouge? It dates from the 1920s so no shortage of […]

January 22, 2016
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Tim James: On the relative nature of natural wine

There are some things which we are sometimes tempted to think of as absolutes but are better appreciated as relative – as existing on or as a continuum. Ripeness, for example. It’s not only the writers of gushing back-labels who believe in the concept of “perfect ripeness”; many winemakers and critics seem to think of […]

January 18, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: The significance of the VinPro Information Day

It’s back to work and back to normality for most of us this week. The normalcy of the daily grind has mostly returned but for some there is the frenzied excitement of the harvest which has already started. A further sign of the new year in wine industry circles is the Nedbank VinPro Information Day. […]

January 14, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 1 Comment

South Africa’s 10 most underrated wine producers

Why do some wineries attract all the hype and others go largely overlooked despite turning out of cracking wine? Here’s a list of 10 producers bubbling under, either established properties enjoying a resurgence after being off form or new operations set for the big time. Arendsig Lourens van der Westhuizen is working hard to demonstrate […]

January 14, 2016
by Christian
with 10 Comments

Tim James: In praise of Portuguese varieties

  It’s just a trivial throw in the great game of “If” – but if the Cabo das Tormentas had been settled by Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias or other Portuguese explorers, instead of Jan van Riebeek for the Dutch, then our vineyards today (and much else!) might look somewhat different. Though I daresay […]

January 11, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: My Christmas wishlist

The season to be merry is upon us and as the tinsel comes out, so does the endless barrage of lists and posts looking back on the year. Some are delightful. Most are drivel. But I’ve never been one to avoid the mainstream so I thought I’d end off the year with my own little […]

December 15, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 0 Comments
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