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Tim James: In praise of Chenin Blanc

Oh, not another praise poem about chenin blanc, I hear you mutter. And bashfully acknowledge the unoriginality, and admit: oh, yes. Sometimes these things...

Tim James: Platter’s and the need for an organ of record

For some people, Platter’s South African Wine Guide is mostly a useful set of addresses and maps. For others (more, I trust) it’s a...

Chardonnay: The chameleon of viticulture

Jay McInerney, the keynote speaker at this year’s Celebration of Chardonnay hosted as always by De Wetshof, is a US writer who made his...

Marthélize Tredoux: Is rosé really worth taking seriously?

I have previously written about my loathing-turned-loving relationship with rosé wines. And for the past few years I have genuinely loved drinking pink. I...

Tim James: A visit to Stark-Condé

Jonkershoek Valley is the quietest and most remote-feeling and rural of the Stellenbosch wards. It’s a beautiful, mountainous place, largely left to nature (the...

Tim James: The Elim Wine Festival reviewed

The Elim Wine Festival is lively, noisy and cheerfully crowded, with plenty of good wine (and beer) available - mostly for downing rather than...

Su Birch: The Old Vine Project goes to the next level

In Stellenbosch you’ll find two men with a mission - a mission to safeguard South Africa’s ’s heritage of old vines. Armed only with...

Is Cab still King?

South African Cabernet Sauvignon urgently needs some custodianship. Many think of it as a mainstay of the industry with wines like GS 1966 and...