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South Africa’s top six “iconic wine farms”

During a conversation over lunch yesterday, a winelands property agent asked me which South African wine farms I considered to be “iconic”. In 2011,...

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2014

There are a few South African wines which, regardless of vintage or particular rating, have become crucial reference points – Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh,...

Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 2015 winners

Results of the 19th annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced today. There were 154 entries in total and the winners are as...

Kanonkop Pinotage 2003

As winter in Cape Town starts to really bite, a mild lamb and spinach curry for supper was called for. What to pair with...

Beeslaar Pinotage 2013

The maiden 2012 vintage of the Pinotage made by Abrie Beeslaar of Kanonkop under his own “Beeslaar” label was rated 94/100 and was one...

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996 vs Kanonkop CWG 1997

Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, as the saying goes, and so when I suggested to Keith Prothero, former investor in Mullineux...

Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2011

Local Shiraz might be getting all the plaudits at the moment but I think it would be premature to write-off Bordeaux-style red blends just...

Tim James: Not one industry but two

Writing a blog on Grape about hard times for some southern hemisphere wine producers (including a South Africa which has maybe more elements of...