Tim James: In praise of Grenache

Grenache – which if the wine world were fair we’d call garnacha, as it is a Spanish variety, though best known for its voluminous occupation of southern France – has been in the Cape for a century or so in  small way. Only in the past dozen or so years, however, has the variety become […]

April 4, 2016
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Tim James: On the past and future of SA fine wine

The latest Grape poll on South Africa’s Top 20 wine producers (see here) has had me thinking forwards as well as back. A backward glance first, and a statistic that testifies to the dynamism of the top end of Cape wine: only five of the wineries in the latest list were there on the very […]

March 28, 2016
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

CE’s top 20 SA wineries 2016

Wine writer Tim James recently conducted a poll to establish a top 20 list of wine producers in South Africa as he has done on an occasional basis since 2001. 27 local and international wine professionals were consulted and the results are available here. My nominations were as follows: Top five 1. Mullineux & Leeu […]

March 23, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Tim James: On Eenzaamheid and dryland vines

Janno Briers Louw is a hopeful young man – as farmers go. He talks of the problems of this dry vintage and regrets the loss of some old vineyards on the family farm Eenzaamheid, but sniffs the onset of seasonal rain (winter is in the air, he says!), and is excited “about what these soils […]

March 21, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Lammershoek looking good under new management

When I first found out, a few years back, that the famous footballer of the 1960s and 70s, Franz Beckenbauer, had joined the German consortium owning Lammershoek, I was asked to keep quiet about it. Well, that discretion is one of many things that have changed at Lammershoek in the past year or two, as […]

February 29, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: On the potential of Ceres

“These are potentially some of the best winelands in the Cape”, says winemaker Chris Alheit about Ceres, that high-lying inland plateau better known for deciduous fruit, especially apples and pears. He says it both hopefully (because he has some infant vines there and further planting plans) and ruefully – because he knows that wine-grapes are […]

February 22, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Fears for harvest 2017

Harvest 2016 proceeds. That is, for some it is happening right now, for others it is yet to come and for many all the grapes are in, and the wine – pitifully little of it in some cases – is in barrel or tank. And occasionally even in bottle: believe it or not, while some […]

February 15, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On the state of wine festivals

I could easily become a wine festival junkie, given the chance – and if I could afford it, though I suppose that a signal point of junkiedom is always managing to fund your fix. Anyway, I can say with pleasure as well as pride – not many can make the claim! – that I’ve attended […]

February 1, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments
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