Marthélize Tredoux: The science behind herbicides and pesticides

This week I want everyone to buckle up for a quick science lesson. In the conventional versus organic farming debate, I keep seeing basic terms used, abused and misappropriated – more often than not to push an agenda. So for the sake of all that is accurate (and by extension to me as a scientist, […]

March 10, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On the unusual pleasure of sweet wine

Perhaps strangely, given an admittedly sweet tooth, I seldom drink late harvest wines – and can’t remember when I last bought one. They can be marvellous, of course, but given the choice I would always choose a fortified sweet wine instead. The glass of unfortified that I remember best was my first German riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, […]

March 6, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: Maanschijn and the continuing Cape wine revolution

And so the Cape wine revolution moves on, its energy undiminished, devouring the generations and bringing forth new ones. To the youngest people coming in as winemakers and viticulturists, Chris Alheit must seem like quite a senior figure in the industry and Eben Sadie a venerable one, if not exactly ancient – with André van […]

February 27, 2017
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: The Missing Middle

Yesterday, a piece by Michael Fridjhon was posted which neatly summed up what I’ve been tripping over for a few years now. He described two distinct faces of our wine industry, and touched on the problem of very little wine media being in play. Upon reading this last night, I dumped my planned topic for […]

February 23, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: SA – two wine industries and very little media

It seems that there are at least two South African wine industries, and implicit in this dichotomy lie the seeds which might lead to the destruction of both of them. On the one hand we have what used to be the portion of the industry which thrived under the protection of the KWV, and now […]

February 22, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 6 Comments

Tim James: On land and our relationship to it

This past week’s flurry of concern about the threat of sandmining despoiling the viticultural Paardeberg (I trust you noticed – if not, see here) got me thinking a little about love of the land. It’s not an insignificant concept in this country. Certainly I’ve often hear it touted in wine-growing, and I’ve seen many rather […]

February 20, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Does South Africa have a signature red grape?

It might not have been that clear cut 20 years ago but Chenin Blanc is now pretty much established as South Africa’s signature white grape – we have by far the largest plantings of any wine producing country and it allows us to make wines of high quality but also not easily imitated in terms […]

February 16, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: A visit to Hemelrand

My weighty contribution to Cape wine harvest 2017 has already been made (without getting my hands abominably sticky, fortunately). I must have carried twenty lug-boxes of chenin from the coolroom and piled them onto a pallet to be transported by forklift to the crusher. Surely at least fifteen? Well, at least ten great big heavy […]

February 13, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments
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