Tim James: Two 19th Century Constantia labels considered

We’re so accustomed to paper labels on bottles these days (perhaps port and madeira are the only mainstream wines where some bottles still have words stencilled directly onto the bottle for primary communication of their contents) that it’s hard to think of a time when they didn’t exist. The crucial date seems to be around […]

October 2, 2017
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: On creativity and courage

At the recent WineLand/Adams&Adams Seminar, the theme was “Leader of the Pack”. I’ve loosely covered the run-up to the day previously (see here) and while I’m going to take a pass on a detailed post-mortem, I do want focus on the one thing I took away from the day. It came from Andy Rice, who […]

September 29, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 1 Comment

Will the Old Vine Project succeed?

Will the Old Vine Project, the Johann Rupert-funded project to preserve vineyards 35 years and older, succeed? Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines caused a stir recently when he argued in an article in Wineland magazine that old vines should not necessarily be prized as many were planted during an era when mass production rather […]

September 27, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Michael Fridjhon: SA wine’s ongoing lack of transformation

I was privileged to attend a pre-release showing of a documentary entitled “The Colour of Wine” which dealt with the first very tentative steps towards transformation within the wine industry in the decade following the 1994 election. Directed by Akin Omotoso, an award winning film-maker whose technique here is to juxtapose interviews with many of […]

September 27, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 17 Comments

Tim James: La Motte Hanneli R 2012 and the importance of bottle maturation

Let me start with a generalised conclusion – one which shouldn’t need underlining but I’m afraid does. That is: if you’re going to spend a lot of money on a genuinely grand wine and you drink it too young, you’re wasting a lot of your money, and would probably get more sensual pleasure from a […]

September 25, 2017
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: Parow brandy reviewed

South African brandy is excellent stuff, but it’s suffering, with steadily declining sales. By 2012, whisky (rising in popularity, like rum at a lower level) was selling greater volumes than brandy, and it still does. Adding to the grapefarmers’ woes, only about 38 million litres of wine made for brandy was produced in 2016, compared […]

September 18, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Breakfast with Distell

This week, I along with some other wine media and industry members cracked an invite to have a sit-down with the head honchos at Distell. We had been contacted and told that SA’s largest producer-wholesaler was interested in opening up channels of communication and that they intended to make this a regular occurrence. Before we […]

September 15, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 6 Comments

Tim James: SA’s best Syrah – not limited to the Swartland

I started pondering the state of syrah across the Cape regions when I read Christian Eedes’s recent remark that “the Swartland has pretty much taken ownership of top-end Syrah”. Fond and admiring as I am of the Swartland, that didn’t strike me as totally true: I think, rather, of syrah as the variety that perhaps […]

September 11, 2017
by Tim James
with 14 Comments
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