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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: 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...

Tim James: A Visit to Shannon Vineyards

The longest row of vines at Shannon Vineyards is just over 100 metres. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that the detail I remember...

Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2014

Is there anybody to touch Chris and Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards when it comes to wine quality right now? Admittedly, they benefit from...

Tim James: The Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou 2015...

The Swartland Independent Producers were strutting their stuff in Riebeek-Kasteel last Saturday – and a great show it was. They drifted into Afrikaans and...

David Cope: How long until SA’s first Poulsard?

South African wines' favourite viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, recently launched a site that lists all known vines in South Africa older than 35 years of...

Capensis Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday the launch of a new ultra-premium Chardonnay, the product of a joint venture between Barbara Banke of US wine company Jackson Family Wines...

Tim James: On the magic mountain that is Skurfberg

There are many wine-growing mountains in the Cape winelands, with the best-known names from Stellenbosch: Helderberg, Simonsberg and, perhaps, Schapenberg. All have something distinctive...