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André Morgenthal: A visit to Sadie Family Wines

“We’re 10 years in and only vaguely understanding the vineyards,” says Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines  as he welcomes guests to the latest...

The rise of Breedekloof Makers

“Anderkantdieberg” (The Other Side of the Mountain) used to be a pejorative term for the producers of Breedekloof River Valley, wrapped up in the...

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...

Marthélize Tredoux: Less talk and more action required to move SA...

“South Africa has been the next big thing for a frustratingly long time, without ever reaching its full potential.” This sentence is part of the...

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...

What does the future hold for SA Cinsaut?

The biggest insight to arise out of a recent Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting on Cinsaut presented by Etienne le Riche of Le Riche...

Darling: Are we in a serious relationship or just a fling?

If terroir is everything, then how to understand the district of Darling? Named after the West Coast town of the same name, most wine...

Malu Lambert: Interview with Rikus Neethling of Bizoe Wines

“I couldn’t get a job I really cared about,” says Rikus Neethling. So in 2008, when it was still not very much the norm...