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Shiraz and Pinotage 14 September 2018

The 1980 Meerlust Rubicon gave South African wine drinkers their first high profile red Bordeaux blend, effectively launching a category which, over time, has come to dominate the premium end of the red wine business. Sure, there are the exceptions – Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage, La Motte’s Hanneli R, Waterford’s The Jem – which trade […]

Ex Animo 7 September 2018

Stability is a defining feature of Old World wine-producing countries: the established order of a long-established region (like Bordeaux) is unlikely to change dramatically. The New World, on the other hand, thrives on flux. Wine drinkers are more fashion-oriented, which means that they are always ready to abandon last year’s favourites for next season’s “must-haves.” […]

Auction Season 31 August 2018

Lord Tennyson held that in Spring “a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” In South Africa, however, Spring is auction season. On 7th and 8th September Nederburg hosts the opening salvo; three weeks later the Cape Winemakers’ Guild (CWG) wraps up proceedings. It would take a very distant relationship with the truth […]

Good value in a recession 24 August 2018

It is a constant and not unjustified lament of the country’s winemakers that they sell their wines too cheaply. Sometimes winery owners highlight the point by illustrating that the wine steward in a restaurant earns more from the 10% tip on the wine list price of a bottle than their own business banks on the […]

Springfield 17 August 2018

Surprising at this may seem, most of the more vocal members of the local wine scene prefer innovation to tradition. Unsurprisingly wine writers focus on “discovering” new talent and neglect the reliable and long-established wineries which form the heart of our quality wine trade. The volume of editorial dedicated to Meerlust, Rustenberg, Kanonkop, Vergelegen, Thelema, […]

Champagne and fizz 10 August 2018

When it comes to intellectual property in the world of wine, the prize for the ultimate brand must go to Champagne. The area, which lies a few hundred kilometres to the east of Paris and which used to battle in most years to ripen its grapes sufficiently to make decent wine, enjoys the rights to […]

Plaisir de Merle 3 August 2018

Lord Tennyson held that in Spring “a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” In South Africa, however, Spring is auction season. On 7th and 8th September Nederburg hosts the opening salvo; three weeks later the Cape Winemakers’ Guild (CWG) wraps up proceedings. It would take a very distant relationship with the truth […]

Plaisir de Merle 3 August 2018

There’s a curious bit of geography (and geology) around the Simonsberg. If you drive from Stellenbosch towards Paarl you travel in an easterly direction tracking the north side of the mountain. Along the way you pass number of prestigious properties: Kanonkop. Uitkyk, Delheim. As you carry along the road it curves slightly and at a […]

Van Loveren and Rarity 27 July 2018

Wine industries the world over love the boutique or garagiste producers. Wine writers gravitate towards them because there’s always a story in the tribulations or triumphs of those who appear to live on the edge of extinction. Distributors need them because their wines are always in short supply, which means that they’re not hard to […]

Alheit 20 July 2018

There are not many wines I buy when the new vintage is released: I’m not a collector, I don’t need to assemble an unbroken vertical for the mere sake of having the wines. Those who make collections become the victims of them: they cannot open a bottle without destroying the completeness of the line-up. I […]

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