Fridjhon gets taken to task for referring to the Zoo Biscuits collective (incorporating Alheit Vineyards, Thorne & Daughte et al.) as the “lunatic fringe” whereas James “can’t see them as bizarre in any way” and celebrates their eschewal of inoculated yeast and new oak as well as their devotion to terroir and old vines.
Molesworth, meanwhile, cops it for referring to the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines as “a result of the experimental and behind-the-scenes efforts of a cadre of South Africa’s best winemakers” and his contention that the Guild itself “represent(s) the vibrant South African wine scene.” According to James, neither is the case.
Winemag.co.za is inclined to think that Fridjhon was being his sardonic self and is probably more admiring of The Zoo Biscuits than he’s inclined to let on publicly but Molesworth is indeed guilty of sweeping statement – not enough “innovation and diversity” among the Auction wines as we have previously argued here.
James also tackles Molesworth on his scores being “in the dull, non-committal band that the Americans favour for serious Cape wines” which is to say all between 89 and 94 but here we are more sympathetic to Molesworth – SA simply is not producing that many wines worthy of 95 and above just yet.
Read the full Grape.co.za post here.
Read Fridjhon’s assessment of Cape Wine 2015 which included reference to The Zoo Biscuits here.
Read Molesworth’s review of this year’s CWG Auction wines here.