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Tim James: Different readings of the modern history of SA Chenin...

On Saturday, Christa von la Chevallerie’s Nuwedam Chenin Blanc 2017 became the first wine to be launched bearing the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal of...

Tim James: A visit to Reyneke Wines

I’m a touch worried about getting excessively lyrical around Reyneke wines. It’s not any lack of objectivity, but it might perhaps seem a bit...

Tim James: Listing fee or “reciprocal gesture”?

You’d surely have thought this good enough business, even for the most sharkishly-minded: a bistro owner buys a modest, but well reputed wine from...

Tim James: Tasting SA’s priciest Chardonnay

It was only when checking my notes about the maiden release of Capensis Chardonnay (2014 vintage) that I realised its launch party was almost...

Tim James: Update on the drought

In this drought year of 2018, with the wine-grape harvest now well under way in warmer regions and for earlier-ripening varieties, there are some...

Tim James: Wine’s two dominant styles and where to place Stellenbosch

As we experience in South African wine no less than elsewhere (and perhaps a bit more) there’s a “duopoly” in wine these days: two...

Tim James: Alcohol on labels and other regulations

There are, sadly and obviously, a vast number of things which I know I don’t know. But in a few paltry areas I feel...

Tim James: On “light reds”

There’s much to be said in favour of light wines. In fact, for a whole school of hipsters, both winemakers and wine drinkers, it...