Tim James: Are Cape pinots world class?

Paul Cluver (PC The Younger, that is) came as close to agreeing with me as he decently could. He was giving me and a few others lunch recently, tasty Italian food washed down with his pinot noir flagship, Seven Flags – the elegant, comparatively light and youthfully charming 2011. The question I asked him, as […]

October 6, 2014
by Tim James
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Interview: Carl Schultz of Hartenberg

From the October issue of Business Day WANTED: Now 49, Carl Schultz celebrated 20 years at renowned Stellenbosch farm Hartenberg last year and wears the mantle of “elder statesman” well. He is probably best known for his Shiraz – he makes no fewer than four versions of this variety – but his other wines are […]

October 6, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: Specialisation by appellation

It’s one of the signs of the maturing Cape wine revolution that winegrowing areas are tending to associations with particular varieties. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that (in common with other New World countries) South Africa will never make such associations part of law as it is in much of Europe – where the […]

September 29, 2014
by Tim James
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Interview: Rudi Schultz of Thelema

From the September issue of Business Day WANTED: Rudi Schultz, winemaker at Thelema Mountain Vineyards in Stellenbosch, says he gets his love of nature from his biology teacher father. The old man was obviously influential as Schultz’s three brothers are also involved in wine production – Carl winemaker at Hartenberg, Gunter at Kleinood (which produces […]

September 7, 2014
by Christian
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Is wine art?

Is wine art? The global wine industry is divided into two broad sectors, roughly 85% of production amounting to “commodity wine” and the remaining 15% “fine wine” so let’s accept that the vast majority of wine – your generic white or red from three-litre bag-in-box – is not art. But what about the top-end stuff? […]

August 8, 2014
by Christian
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Interview: Frans Smit of Spier

From the August issue of Business Day WANTED: Now 42, Frans Smit, cellarmaster of Spier is the original over-achiever. An instructing officer at the Luhatla army battle school for three years before signing up at Elsenburg agricultural college to study viticulture and oenology, he graduated top of his class in 1995 while also playing for […]

August 4, 2014
by Christian
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The North Coast wine scene

Just back from a family holiday to the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast and I was reminded once again how fragile the domestic wine culture is. Wine lists in restaurants are typically short and dominated by the fare offered by big distributors – it seemed to me that Meridian and Vinimark both have a good presence here […]

July 16, 2014
by Christian
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Interview: Mike Dobrovic of Havana Hills

From the July issue of Business Day WANTED: Mike Dobrovic, 57, was winemaker at Mulderbosch for nearly two decades before departing in 2009 and now holds a consultancy position with Philidelphia winery Havana Hills. One of the great eccentrics of the wine industry, he is well read in not only in science but philosophy and […]

July 7, 2014
by Christian
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