Chenin Blanc – when too much of a good thing is a bad thing

Volumes of the Old Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2016 from Darling Cellars which won the Harold Eedes Trophy for best in class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show are small, 1 642 bottles to be precise. From 38 and 39 year old vineyards, winemaker Pieter-Niel Rossouw tells me he was compelled to make […]

June 21, 2017
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: How well are hashtags being used in wine social media?

The humble hashtag – affectionately remembered by some as the number or pound sign – has successfully infiltrated just about every online social space (fun fact: the symbol itself is actually called an octothorpe – isn’t that catchy?). If you’re somehow completely unfamiliar with what a hashtag is or what it does, just know that […]

June 19, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: Kloovenburg on the up

Larger wineries are important to the stability and continuity of a region. Much of the excitement of Swartland wine this century has been generated by young winemakers buying in grapes – but mostly without owning their own land, and often enough without their own cellars. This is changing to an extent, as the revolution matures, […]

June 19, 2017
by Tim James
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Tim James: Who makes SA’s best wines?

It’s widely – if not universally – agreed that the Cape’s white wines are on the whole superior to the reds. But I started getting a bit tangled up when I was wondering (prompted by a comment someone made to me recently) about which producers were the best makers of South African reds and which […]

June 12, 2017
by Christian
with 9 Comments

Two very prominent positions are open in the winelands – who’s going to fill them?

It’s been a helluva year for Tokara so far – the single best achiever at the 10 Year Old Wine Awards announced in April with three out of the 19 wines to rate 90-plus on the 100-point scale (these being the Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Chardonnay 2007 and Director’s Reserve Red 2007); the Reserve 2013 […]

June 8, 2017
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Ryan Mostert of Silwervis Wines

Ryan Mostert is the kind of guy that can’t help standing out.  Well, first off he’s tall. Then you’ll notice him for his enthusiasm, his ability to jump on the subject of wine and run with it. Add to that the eye-popping wine labels for Silwervis and Smiley (the recently launched Terracura Syrah’s branding a […]

June 7, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Tim James: Shifts in the national vineyard

Could Robertson soon become known as the Valley of Wine, Roses and Lemons? A wine-producer from the area was telling me recently that Robertson vineyards are being pulled up with increasing alacrity and replaced, in many instances, with lemons. I’ve heard this lemon story before, and it seems (or so I’m told) that the newish […]

June 5, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Time to overhaul the business of SA wine

We have a most curious wine industry: at present it enjoys greater visibility in more international markets than most other wine-producing nations, garnering more column centimetres from credible wine writers than any country exporting comparable volumes of premium wines, and yet it battles to survive. It is simple (and perhaps simplistic) to lay this all […]

May 31, 2017
by Christian
with 5 Comments
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