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Tim James: Parow brandy reviewed

South African brandy is excellent stuff, but it’s suffering, with steadily declining sales. By 2012, whisky (rising in popularity, like rum at a lower...

Tim James: SA’s best Syrah – not limited to the Swartland

I started pondering the state of syrah across the Cape regions when I read Christian Eedes’s recent remark that “the Swartland has pretty much...

Tim James: On the Mullineux single terroir wines

The currently available Mullineux 2015 Syrah is surely – and I’m not the only one of this opinion – the best ever of this...

Tim James: Where to for the SA wine industry?

In the context of so much excitement about South African wine – here on Winemag as much as anywhere – it’s sobering, and even...

Tim James: On wax capsules

At this time of year (my tasting-for-Platter time, with desk, floorspace and life littered with bottles of wine) I often think about bottle closures...

Tim James: On Afrikaans wine labels

If one chose to characterise it linguistic-culturally (and why not?), the South African wine industry is overwhelmingly an Afrikaans one, with its roots emphatically...

Tim James: The great cork-screwcap debate revisited

I don’t think I’ve ever written about the great cork-screwcap debate without dithering somewhat. Probably I could sum up my attitude by saying that...

Tim James: The wines of Arcangeli Vineyards

You couldn’t call Krige Visser a Young Gun – not with that splendid full grey beard (acquired fairly recently - since I last met...
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