Tim James: A visit to Hemelrand

My weighty contribution to Cape wine harvest 2017 has already been made (without getting my hands abominably sticky, fortunately). I must have carried twenty lug-boxes of chenin from the coolroom and piled them onto a pallet to be transported by forklift to the crusher. Surely at least fifteen? Well, at least ten great big heavy […]

February 13, 2017
by Tim James
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Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016

After working harvests around the world, Stephanie Wiid and Etienne Terblanche have established the Thistle & Weed label locally, their first release being Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016. Grapes from a Muldersvlei vineyard over 65 years old, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation in third-fill barrels before six months of maturation. The result is a wonderfully subtle and […]

February 13, 2017
by Christian
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The Garajeest Jim Semillon 2015

Zimbabwean-born Callan Williams gave up ballet dancing for winemaking and now has her own label called The Garajeest. The Garajeest Jim Semillon 2015 Price: R240 From Elgin grapes. 50% tank fermented and 50% fermented and matured for seven months in older oak. Pear, peach and yellow apple plus white pepper  and a hint of leesy […]

February 10, 2017
by Christian
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Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2017: Wine Library Programme

Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay takes place from 24 to 26 February 2017 at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds. This year’s event sees the launch of the Wine Library where you can attend a session with a winemaker and taste rare vintages of the district’s very best wines. Each session is 45 minutes […]

February 9, 2017
by Christian
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Haskell Hades Syrah 2014

Rhône producer Guigal has its three single vineyard Côte Rôties known as La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque and now Haskell in Stellenbosch also has three single-vineyard iterations of Syrah, Hades joining the more established Aeon and Pillars. The maiden 2014 vintage of Hades was shown yesterday next to the 2013 vintages of the […]

February 9, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Celebrity wine – yay or nay?

This week, I was gifted a bottle of something exciting: a celebrity wine! No, not a bottle of Château Miraval (from Brangelina’s winery – now probably either Brad OR Angelina’s, depending on who had the best lawyer). A bottle of Caduceus Anubis 2013 made its way to me, all the way from the US of […]

February 8, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Hermanuspietersfontein Die Arnoldus 2012

The Hermanuspietersfontein cellar and visitors’ centre might be in Hermanus but the vineyards are in Sondagskloof, 20km outside Stanford. The Nr 5 Sauvignon Blanc 2013 was one of my top 20 wines of 2016 (see here) but what of the reds? A tasting of two recent releases revealed a definite cool climate character to them. […]

February 7, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Terroir as possible myth and certain inspiration

Skill and talent is what it’s really all about, but one of the best things about wine is that we think that’s not entirely true. Well, I only partly (though largely) believe that first proposition; the second one I’m more confident about. I wrote last week about tasting five wines made by different winemakers from […]

February 6, 2017
by Tim James
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