Villiera Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2016

The Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2016 from Villiera is not to be trifled with. From an older block planted to the famed weather station clone of Sauvignon Blanc, juice was partially fermentation was begun in an egg-shaped tank, a portion left on the skins, before being transferred for three months of maturation in barrel, 50% […]

March 13, 2017
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Tim James: Abrie Beeslaar and his various takes on Pinotage

Pinotage, so long the prisoner of its own conservative socio-cultural significance (as well as of inappropriate sites and winemaking), is starting to appear in more modern Cape guise – with fresh, exciting versions from Fram, David & Nadia, B Vintners and Spioenkop, for example. But the grape has no more eloquent expression, I’d suggest, than […]

March 13, 2017
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Avondale Samsara Syah 2009

Jonathan Grieve, owner and manager of Paarl property Avondale, has a policy of delaying the release of his red wines, the 2009 vintage of the Samsara Syrah having just gone on sale. Part of his approach to winemaking is to employ warmer ferments and longer skin contact than is usual, thereby dispensing with primary fruit […]

March 10, 2017
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Distell’s head winemaker departs

Breaking news is that Distell’s head winemaker Razvan Macici has left the company with immediate effect. He took the position in July 2015 after having previously served as Nederburg winemaker since 2001. Asked for comment, he said he was “legally bound” not to go into detail – given that harvest is in full swing, it […]

March 10, 2017
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Marthélize Tredoux: The science behind herbicides and pesticides

This week I want everyone to buckle up for a quick science lesson. In the conventional versus organic farming debate, I keep seeing basic terms used, abused and misappropriated – more often than not to push an agenda. So for the sake of all that is accurate (and by extension to me as a scientist, […]

March 10, 2017
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Cape of Good Hope Laing Semillon 2014

The Old Vine Project, begun by viticulturist Rosa Kruger with support from businessman Johann Rupert in 2005, was formalised last year – Jaco Englebrecht consulting on viticulture and André Morgenthal, formerly of WOSA, heading up communications. Last night, the two presented a public tasting as part of the University of Stellenbosch’s annual Woordfees, the line-up […]

March 9, 2017
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Joostenberg Die Agteros Chenin Blanc 2016

Tyrrel Myburgh, winemaker at Paarl winery Joostenberg, continues to effect change to the house style, not so much a denial of what has come before but rather a subtle tweaking of approach in vineyard and cellar to “optimize the influences of terroir” and thereby deliver a more sophisticated product. Tasting notes and ratings for current […]

March 8, 2017
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Kyle Dunn RIP, 1982-2017

Kyle Dunn, of own-brand Skinny Legs and formerly assistant at AA Badenhorst Family Wines, died on Friday, 3 March 2017. He leaves his mother and father, Lee and Theo, as well as his sister and nephew, Raine and Gavriel. Dunn’s family has asked agency Ex Animo continue to sell his wines so that they “can […]

March 8, 2017
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