Tim James: On the startlingly different manifestations of SA Syrah

Back in the bad old pre-revolutionary days, when Eben Sadie was at Elsenburg and Chris Alheit and Peter-Allan Finlayson were (I guess) playing barefoot rugby at Bishops, it was always “shiraz”, not “syrah”. And I had returned to South Africa to live in Cape Town and fall in love with wine and the winelands, and […]

January 9, 2017
by Tim James
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Stellenbosch: home of Cape Cabernet

As published in the January 2017 issue of Decanter: Stellenbosch has the wine, the people and the natural beauty to rival any wine tourism region on earth. If the district leads with any variety in particular, then it leads with Cabernet Sauvignon but are global wine drinkers really aware of it and its wines? For […]

January 9, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Closing out 2016

The end of year in sight, it would be easy to take a page out of the Grumpy Sod’s Handbook and indulge in a little moaning and groaning. As I get older, the tiredness and despondency associated with the final quarter seems to get stronger and more prevalent every year. Perhaps it’s because as I […]

December 21, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Fun in the sun

Yesterday a long lunch with friends, wine drunk for pleasure a different experience than when attempting to arrive at an assessment of quality. To start, two examples of méthode ancestrale, Domaine Vincent Câreme Vouvray L’Ancestrale 2012 and Vondeling Rurale 2014, the former possessing a very fine bubble and extremely savoury, the latter from Chardonnay and […]

December 19, 2016
by Christian
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How SA wine can go from good to great

“Good enough isn’t good enough” is an aphorism that legendary South African creative Brian Searle-Tripp instilled in me during my studies at advertising school Red & Yellow in the 1990s and when my subsequent few years as a copywriter proved spectacularly mediocre, I realized it was time to apply it and try my hand at […]

December 14, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On Stellenbosch Syrah

Which area in the Cape is doing best with shiraz? The Swartland would probably get some serious votes deservedly thrown its way, but so too should Stellenbosch, given the extraordinary rise in the quality of its shiraz in the last five to ten years: with improvements in existing labels as well as new ones. Stellenbosch […]

December 12, 2016
by Tim James
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André Morgenthal: Prospects for Elgin

“Your yield from apples is six times more per hectare than from wine grapes.  If you don’t have a premium wine brand in Elgin, you should rather be farming apples”, says Brad Gold, marketing manager of Oak Valley, one of the property in this ward.  James Downes of Shannon Vineyards concurs, saying “We have to […]

December 7, 2016
by Andre Morgenthal
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Tim James: On the significance of fashion in wine

Fashion in wine is a slippery concept. I realised this as I tried to grasp it, or at least some strands of it, prompted by reading Michael Fridjhon’s recent Winemag discussion about wine-consumption differences between Gauteng and the Cape (see here). The first tricky element is the difference between fashionability and long-term trends – perhaps […]

December 5, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments
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