Tim James: The difference between how normal people and critics taste

When I was taught the Cape Wine Academy approved method of tasting wine, scoring (out of 20) was inevitably part of the process. The tasting sheets had columns for rating appearance, nose and palate, and the total score. Various systems have degrees of elaboration on this sort of additive procedure. I can’t, however, remember when […]

May 15, 2017
by Tim James
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Thelema Shiraz 2013

Stellenbosch property Thelema is well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon but has also made a Shiraz since the 2000 vintage which perhaps deserves more appreciation than it gets. The current release is 2013 is largely from two vineyards planted in 2000 and 2001 but also includes 8% Grenache. Winemaker Rudi Schultz incorporates at least 50% […]

May 15, 2017
by Christian
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Rall new releases

The 2016 vintage was an exceptionally hot and dry vintage and therefore particularly challenging. Donovan Rall of Rall Wine explains his approach was to harvest at least some of the vineyards he works with earlier in order to ensure freshness in the resulting wine and this strategy has worked beautifully. Rall Grenache Blanc 2016 Price: […]

May 12, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: On the state of SA wine writing

Some days, sitting down to write about wine is infuriatingly frustrating. Bang-your-head-on-the-desk type frustrating. I should be more specific though: the type of writing I do here can be frustrating. I’ve been taking a look at who’s writing about wine in South Africa: what they’re writing about, where it’s being published, who’s reading it and […]

May 11, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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The Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2017

The sixth annual Cabernet Sauvignon Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 65 of South Africa’s most high-profile examples, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point […]

May 10, 2017
by Christian
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De Grendel Sir David Graaff 2013

De Grendel joins the ranks of wineries which have breached the R1000-a-bottle barrier, its Sir David Graaff 2013 selling online for R1380 bottle. Made in honour of the First Baronet of Cape Town 2013 and founder of this Durbanville farm, it comprises 80% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, components individually matured for […]

May 10, 2017
by Christian
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Purity in wine reconsidered

During the judges’ feedback session after formalities had been concluded at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the remark was made by Philip Constandius, winemaker at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch, that it appeared those officiating appeared to value wine purity above all else. What place for “funky” , then? It’s a good question.  If […]

May 10, 2017
by Christian
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Four new Cape Wine Masters announced

Four new graduates were recently awarded their certificates as Cape Wine Masters by the Cape Wine Academy and Institute of Cape Wine Masters, bringing the current number of those holding the qualification to 100. The four new CWMs and their dissertations are: Brendan Butler, Mount Vernon winemaker – White Bordeaux-style blends in South Africa François […]

May 9, 2017
by Christian
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