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Tim James: On the Sadie New Releases (Part 2 – Ouwingerdreeks)

“2017 comes with much turmoil”, Eben Sadie announced at his latest trade tasting release. (I wrote here about the 2016 Columella and Palladius simultaneously...

Tim James: How seriously to take very light reds?

There’s a bit of debate around cinsaut these days, with the proliferation of bottlings alluded to by Christian in his recent article. Can one...

Institute of Masters of Wine gives Eben Sadie major award

The Institute of Masters of Wine in conjunction with trade publication The Drinks Business recently announced Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines as the...

Tim James: Lammershoek looking good under new management

When I first found out, a few years back, that the famous footballer of the 1960s and 70s, Franz Beckenbauer, had joined the German...

Tim James: The effect of the drought in the Swartland

“It’s been a battle!” says Eben Sadie, just a third of the way through his 2016 harvest. In his voice is the hyping up,...

Tim James: An experimental vineyard

It doesn’t look impressive at first glance, to the ignorant eye at least: if this is a vineyard which might influence some significant aspects...

Tim James: A review of the Swartland Revolution 2015

This last weekend saw perhaps the best Swartland Revolution yet – but I suppose that’s excitedly claimed each year by at least a few...

Tim James: A new grenache vineyard on Skurfberg

It’s a long drive from Cape Town to get to Basie van Lill’s Skurfberg farm, Arbeidseind – but not a tedious one when Eben...