Tim James: More on A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines

I haven’t been able to quite make up my mind about Adi Badenhorst’s 2014 wine called Brak-Kuil Barbarossa – but I’ve had a marvellous time dithering over a few glassfuls of it. Is it merely a good wine, or is it very good or even excellent? Undoubtedly it is unusual, rather fascinating, and a great […]

November 2, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Import prospects

The recent precipitate plummet of the Rand is arguably just another steeper-than-usual plunge in a trajectory which began in the early 1980s, and gained real momentum after the “Rubicon” speech in June 1985. Those who still have price-tagged bottles of imported wines dating from before this era of currency instability enjoy an excursion into unreality […]

October 28, 2015
by Michael Fridjhon
with 0 Comments

Tim James: A new grenache vineyard on Skurfberg

It’s a long drive from Cape Town to get to Basie van Lill’s Skurfberg farm, Arbeidseind – but not a tedious one when Eben Sadie is there doing the driving … and a lot of the talking. It means a 6.30am start from Malmesbury, up the N7 with all its roadworks, turn-off at Clanwilliam onto […]

October 26, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: On tasting room service

There is an issue that’s been causing me high blood pressure and a battered liver from all the therapeutic wine I’ve been caused to drink. It’s an issue relevant to the majority of our wineries: tasting rooms. Yes, our beloved tasting rooms, with their carefully cultivated ambience, normally in a setting of glorious natural beauty […]

October 21, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 15 Comments

Tim James: Why red wine is ultimately more collectible than white

Christian’s report on the SA Sommelier Association’s tasting of old Cape whites got me pondering, and being pushed into questioning prejudices is always a good thing. Is Eben Sadie right in finding “zero logic” to most wine-drinkers’ inclination to both spend more on red wine than white and mature it for longer (the two are, […]

October 19, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

How well do SA’s white wines mature?

“Why are top-end red wines so much more expensive than white wines when they essentially cost the same to produce?” was the question posed by acclaimed Swartland winemaker Eben Sadie before yesterday’s tasting of seven local whites 10 years or older convened by South African Sommelier Association. “We’re all inclined both to spend more on […]

October 16, 2015
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Tim James: A Visit to Shannon Vineyards

The longest row of vines at Shannon Vineyards is just over 100 metres. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that the detail I remember best from a recent visit is probably this rather trivial one – though I spent a few hours with James Downes driving and walking around this beautiful Elgin property. The vineyards […]

October 12, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

In praise of market fragmentation

One of the most important reasons I love wine is that, like popular music, it defies consolidation as an industry. If buying toothpaste comes down to a choice between Aquafresh, Colgate and maybe one or two others, the same is emphatically not the case when it comes to wine – over 7 000 current-release wines […]

October 6, 2015
by Christian
with 7 Comments
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