Marthélize Tredoux: On the state of SA wine writing

Some days, sitting down to write about wine is infuriatingly frustrating. Bang-your-head-on-the-desk type frustrating. I should be more specific though: the type of writing I do here can be frustrating. I’ve been taking a look at who’s writing about wine in South Africa: what they’re writing about, where it’s being published, who’s reading it and […]

May 11, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Purity in wine reconsidered

During the judges’ feedback session after formalities had been concluded at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the remark was made by Philip Constandius, winemaker at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch, that it appeared those officiating appeared to value wine purity above all else. What place for “funky” , then? It’s a good question.  If […]

May 10, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On the South African Old Wine Tasting 2017

For many years now, Michael Fridjhon has been offering a tasting of older Cape wines at the Grande Roche in Paarl on the day before the Trophy Wine Show judges settle down to the harder task of working their way through many hundreds of much more youthful versions. The laudable intention is primarily to give […]

May 8, 2017
by Tim James
with 5 Comments

Tim James: Cinsaut and the quest for seriousness

It seems to me there are more and more mutters these days to the effect that we’ve been perhaps a little too generous in our welcome to wines from cinsaut – but as some of the mutters are my own it’s not surprising I’ve heard them. This is not to suggest that cinsaut, the hipsters’ […]

May 1, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Is there a difference between authentic wine vs wine made to taste expensive?

What makes a wine “nerdy” – and for that matter, are these the same features which communicate authenticity? I recently – somewhat frivolously – wrote that “if you fancy yourself a wine geek, you dare not mention that you drank – let alone enjoyed – a bottle of Nederburg or even Diemersdal. You’re not supposed […]

April 26, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 3 Comments

The winelands map is being redrawn and here’s why

Not so long ago Bot River was a village which wine lovers passed at high speed on their way from Cape Town to Hermanus and the Hemel-en-Aarde. For the last seven years, however, the wineries of the ward have organized an annual party to celebrate the end of harvest called Barrels & Beards – members […]

April 26, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim James: Some thoughts on I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting Wine

To adapt Voltaire: if Jamie Goode didn’t exist, wine nerds would need to invent him. No other wine writer appears to have the scientific background, or the will, or the skill, to bring rigorous scrutiny to this sadly vague field of endeavour (wine appreciation), which even at its most professional doesn’t really know whether it’s […]

April 24, 2017
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Is wine tasting essentially pointless?

Yes, I know which platform I’m writing for. No, I haven’t had too much wine. Yes, I am serious about this topic. In the last week, I’ve had two interactions relating to wine assessment that got me questioning the intrinsic value of the exercise where it involves an impressive and/or annoying descriptive tasting note. I […]

April 19, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 4 Comments
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