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Purity in wine reconsidered

During the judges’ feedback session after formalities had been concluded at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the remark was made by Philip...

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 1978

To mark the start of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show , convener Michael Fridjhon typically presents a tasting of old South African wines...

Is there a more crucial positioning statement than price?

Those who have been following the South African wine scene for a while will remember that the winner of the 2007 Chenin Blanc Challenge...

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2016 results

Results of the fifteenth annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced earlier today. Total wines judged were 1067 (2015: 1082) and there were...

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2016: Basic medal count

Judging for the 15th annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was concluded today. There were 211 participating producers and 1 067 entries. Shiraz was the...

Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel 2013

Muscadel from Northern Cape producer Orange River Cellars has been there or there abouts for a while now – near-desert-like conditions offset by irrigation...

Leeuwenkuil Cinsault 2014

I’m firmly in the pro-Cinsau(l)t camp but after tasting the Cinsault 2014 from Swartland producer Leeuwenkuil which won the trophy for best niche red...

Interview: British wine expert Steven Spurrier

From the June issue of Business Day WANTED: “Living legend” is one of those terms often applied too loosely but in the world of...