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Marthélize Tredoux: What’s really wrong with SA wine exports

Since Michael Fridjhon asked why South African market share isn’t increasing internationally (specifically UK and USA) when our wines are receiving such high scores...

Have we got our calibrations for Pinot Noir right?

  Just how good is SA Pinot Noir? It’s a privilege to embed myself at the Wine Judging Academy organised by Michael Fridjhon every year...

On scores and tasting notes

I was unfortunately unable to attend the recent SA vs Rest of World Chardonnay tasting which took place at Lismore in Greyton recently (see...

Tim James: In praise of Grenache

Grenache – which if the wine world were fair we’d call garnacha, as it is a Spanish variety, though best known for its voluminous...

Michael Fridjhon: If SA wine rates so high, why is our...

Cape wine – or to be more accurate – the rarefied end of the country's fine wine spectrum has been getting a great press...

Malu Lambert: Interview with Trizanne Barnard of Trizanne Signature Wines

The din of the cellar mutes winemaker Trizanne Barnard’s voice as she draws the thief from the barrel. She fills my glass with its...

Tim James: On the past and future of SA fine wine

The latest Grape poll on South Africa’s Top 20 wine producers (see here) has had me thinking forwards as well as back. A backward...

James Pietersen: SA vs Rest of World Chardonnay tasting

Last year saw the “Great Syrah Challenge” take place at Lismore Estate Vineyards in Greyton, an exercise which saw some of South Africa’s top...