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Tim James: Yet another observation on sighted/blind tasting

Talking of Tim Atkin and his high scores (we were, weren’t we?) ... I had the privilege of attending his tasting of 158 (of...

Michael Fridjhon: 100-point scores, cultural cringe and imperial condescension

The pricing crisis of the South African wine industry worked its way towards a climax at Cape Wine 2018 earlier this month. DGB released...

Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2018

The sixth annual Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report is now out, the British journalist and Master of Wine awarding his first ever 100-point...

Sound and thunder – what to make of the proliferation of...

Another measure of SA wine’s coming of age is the vast number of personalities and ventures seeking to deliver commentary and criticism. Inevitably, it’s only...

Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017

The fifth annual Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017 is now out. Special acknowledgements as follows: Winemakers of the year: Chris and Andrea Mullineux Young...

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...

KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2014

“Do you agree with Tim Atkin’s scores?” was the question posed by the media release issued on behalf of KWV, many of the wines...

Marthélize Tredoux: Yet more on wine scoring

Forgive me for raising the old chestnut of wines scores but there’s been a lot of chatter around the subject just recently. Some in...