Marthèlize Tredoux: On wine prices

In the alcoholic beverage family, wine is quite the chameleon. Hardly surprising, given the 1 368 vine varieties producing commercial quantities of wine, varying regions, climates and terroir and the improvements and innovations in winemaking techniques and trends. Pick nearly any aspect of wine – colour, sweetness, cultivar, style – and there are seemingly endless […]

May 9, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW on Cabernet Sauvignon

With the fourth annual Cabernet Sauvignon due to go live on Wednesday next week, it was gratifying to hear Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW and editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate and eRobertParker.com, speak so highly of the category during the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. In addition to Cab, she also judged Pinotage and Shiraz and while […]

May 8, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

What went into the Zonnebloem Cabernet 1965?

One of the highlights of the recent South African Old Wine Tasting to mark the beginning of judging at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was the Zonnebloem Cabernet 1965 (see here). By all accounts, a lot of leeway was allowed when it came to compiling these wines and asked Elize Coetzee, part of the […]

May 8, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Tim James: How long to mature modern SA wine?

A recent tasting of local 2005s was well covered by its organiser, Angela Lloyd (here), and Christian Eedes (here). So I won’t talk about the wines, except to say that I expected more of them to show well than did; I want, rather, to point out how much “experts” (including winemakers) still have to learn […]

May 4, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: On wines with soul

At a recent tasting of Stellenzicht’s range of wines we asked: can you taste the soul of a wine? Gregarious winemaker Guy Webber was standing at the head of the table talking about the fruit of his labour, and we were swirling his Plum Pudding Hill Syrah 2009 in our glasses. Yes, we nodded, you […]

April 30, 2015
by Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
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Tim James: The Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou 2015 reviewed

The Swartland Independent Producers were strutting their stuff in Riebeek-Kasteel last Saturday – and a great show it was. They drifted into Afrikaans and called it the “Wyn, kos en kultuur skou”. As to the elements in the name, apart from the almost universally excellent wine, the food seemed to be a monopoly of extremely […]

April 27, 2015
by Tim James
with 5 Comments

Marthèlize Tredoux: Decanting dilemmas

A recent discussion on this site’s comment section brought up another chestnut of the wine world: decanting. It was nothing new: heartfelt support versus moderate skepticism. It dawned on me that I didn’t really have an opinion either way and concluded that would not be an acceptable state of being, so I looked into the […]

April 22, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 5 Comments

SA 2005 under review

Recently a tasting of 12 wines from the 2005 vintage courtesy of colleague Angela Lloyd (read her report here). Three flights of four as follows: Flight One – Vergelegen White, Boekenhoutskloof Semillon, Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay and Hartenberg Riesling; Flight Two – Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz, Quoin Rock Syrah, Waterford CWG Reserve and Waterford The […]

April 20, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments
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