Tim James: Cape Vintner Classification – a year or so on

Over a year ago – in December 2013 – a new association of Cape wine producers was formed: the Cape Vintner Classification (CVC). Most observers were uncritical in reacting to what seemed to me mostly empty rhetoric, and enthusiastically applauded its promise “to build South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines and to […]

February 23, 2015
by Tim James
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Ashbourne Sandstone 2008

According to influential US magazine Wine Spectator, the 2008 vintage of white blend Sandstone under Anthony Hamilton Russell’s Ashbourne label is one of the top 100 wines of 2013 with a score of 93/100. At the launch of the Cape Vintner Classification association yesterday, a chance to taste this wine was afforded. A blend of […]

December 10, 2013
by Christian
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New wine estate association launched

Yesterday saw the launch of the Cape Vintner Classification, an independent association intent on building South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines. Not unlike Germany’s VDP (Verband Deutscher Qualitäts- und Prädikatsweingüter or Pradikat Wine Estates), the driving force behind CVC is Johann Rupert, businessman and owner of Anthonij Rupert Wines. “About eight years […]

December 10, 2013
by Christian
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