Tim James: A visit to Glenelly

It struck me only after I’d left Glenelly last week – my visit began in broken sunshine and ended in a light drizzle – that winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain has just completed his tenth harvest there. A decade deserving of congratulation: as the vineyards have matured, he’s done well at this substantial Stellenbosch estate of that […]

April 18, 2017
by Tim James
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What constitutes “good” wine?

What constitutes “good” wine? It was a question I confronted yet again while officiating at the recent Wine Judging Academy, the annual three-day course convened by commentator Michael Fridjhon designed to hone critical sensibilities of wine professionals. As ever, those attending were all pretty good at forensic tasting, which is to say analysing what was […]

April 12, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Place or producer – which should have primacy?

In old Europe it’s the names of places that are usually the prime definers of wines: the vineyard or village, or perhaps the domaine. That’s true of old South Africa too, from Constantia and Vergelegen onwards, but not of the new South Africa – or, indeed much of the rest of the “New World”. Newer […]

April 10, 2017
by Tim James
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Derek Kilpin: What does the future hold for Burgundy?

As the local fine wine importer that is Great Domaines, we have travelled to Burgundy every year since 1999 to taste the new vintages straight from barrel. Our most recent trip in December last year revealed some significant changes are afoot which we will have far-reaching consequences for Burgundy lovers. Back in the early days, […]

April 5, 2017
by Derek Kilpin
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Marthélize Tredoux: Why genetic engineering is not all bad

My previous post on pesticides attracted some interest, so I wanted to follow up with simple to digest bits about the upsides of genetic engineering. I’ll tie it back to why it might eventually be a critical technology for application in the vineyards too (since this is WineMag). Pass the smelling salts for everyone who […]

April 3, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: On SA’s oldest red-wine vineyard

Around 120 years ago – let’s say in 1900, to fit with the formal record, though that was made later – a vineyard was planted on the outskirts of Wellington, alongside the dirt road down which ox-wagons laboured into town. The first and unanswerable question is – why? These were bad times in the Cape […]

April 3, 2017
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Some thoughts on the Wine Label Design Awards

It’s difficult to be optimistic on a morning when you awake to find that President Zuma has administered a cabinet reshuffle that only bodes ill but the results of the third annual Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel announced earlier in the week  suggested in some small way that the future for South Africa […]

April 1, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: On the Nederburg Auction selection process

The Nederburg Auction has been changing the way it goes about its business, a decision which both reflects a change of guard at Distell, and also the recognition that for South Africa’s oldest and best established rare wine sale to remain relevant it has to move from the Dark Ages to the 21st century. One […]

March 29, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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