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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...

Marthélize Tredoux: Breakfast with Distell

This week, I along with some other wine media and industry members cracked an invite to have a sit-down with the head honchos at...

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...

Malu Lambert: Interview with Koen Roose of Spioenkop

Koen Roose is sitting inside his Elgin cellar at a wooden bench, stirring a bentonite mixture with an oversize whisk. I ask him what...

David Clarke: How restaurants can improve their year-round wine offering

With more and more of the top wines in South Africa moving to annual releases of "take-it or leave-it" allocations it is very useful...

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...

Marthélize Tredoux: Some skepticism about “influencers”

Plunged into doing a bit of research on how digital marketing is being used in wine, I keep coming across a word that is...

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...