SA wine corporates in the spotlight

“It’s one thing to make 4 000 litres of high quality wine and another altogether to make 40 000 litres,’ observed Spier cellarmaster Frans Smit before a tasting of top-end Chenin Blanc and Pinotage as made by South Africa’s big wine companies, these being Bellingham The Bernard Series from DGB, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered from […]

December 14, 2015
by Christian
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Interview: Wim Truter of Fleur du Cap

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED: Wim Truter, 34, recently became overall cellarmaster at Die Bergkelder, home to the Fleur du Cap brand after heading up the red winemaking team since 2013. After completely his studies for a BSc Agriculture at the University of Stellenbosch, he worked around the world before joining producer-wholesaler […]

December 10, 2015
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Is age-worthiness still important?

As human life expectancy – at least in the first world (and excluding white middle class middle-aged Americans without college degrees) – increases, we have become less patient about ageing our wines. In an era (not so long ago) when middle class males could not expect to reach their three score years, they customarily bought […]

December 9, 2015
by Michael Fridjhon
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Tim James: Controversy and rebirth at Quoin Rock

Those who’ve only been around the Cape wine industry for a few years might not even have heard the name of Quoin Rock (and maybe never will – but I’ll come to that later). The name, though, acquired a good resonance in the first dozen years of the millennium, for wines coming off both the […]

December 7, 2015
by Tim James
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Tim James: Celebrating burgundy

La Paulée de Meursault is a huge annual celebration of burgundy held each year. The more recently established New York equivalent has been described by Mike Steinberger “as the greatest Bacchanalia on the face of the earth”, and there’s also a recognised Paulée de San Francisco. Last year saw a Paulée in Johannesburg – less […]

November 30, 2015
by Tim James
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Michael Fridjhon: How to build a strong South African wine culture

I’m beginning to think that wine courses – for most people (as opposed to those in the trade) – are a little like book clubs. Lots of people attend them, but they go in order to be able to drink wine and chat to their mates. The book club crowd – as far as I […]

November 25, 2015
by Michael Fridjhon
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is wine industry debate too civil?

My post for this week admittedly feels a bit like a brain dump of ideas and then handing over the issue to the readers for further debate and discussion. This feels appropriate as the topic is one concerning the idea of debate so instead of rambling on with my own views, I will state my […]

November 23, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: An experimental vineyard

It doesn’t look impressive at first glance, to the ignorant eye at least: if this is a vineyard which might influence some significant aspects of the future Cape wine industry, then I hope there’s a Plan B. A fenced few hundred square metres of white sand, planted with what looks like short dry sticks, some […]

November 23, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments
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