The History of South African Wine

When the Cape’s first winegrower, Jan van Riebeeck, departed for VOC headquarters in Batavia in April 1662, his successor as commander was Zacharias Wagenaar of Dresden, Saxony (Germany).


Tim James: On Varietal Labelling

The large majority of South African wine is labelled varietally – that is, the identifying name of a wine is, or at least includes, the name of the variety or varieties from which it's made. This is


Beyond Volume: What Sa Wine Really Needs Is Scalable Brands

It's interesting to note that the Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2017, a wine reported to be made in volumes of up to 170 000 litres per year, was among the top performers, scoring 92 on the 100-p


Tim James: On The Alheit Vineyards Labels

There would be little point, I think, in my setting forth a series of notes and comments on the latest range of Alheit wines, as Christian has already greeted them with the adulation and enthusiasm th


Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018: Results

Results of Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018 were announced recently. 116 gold medals and 128 silver medals were awarded and the following


Da Hanekom Familie Witteberg Chenin Blanc 2017

Off to a flying start. Andri Hanekom, the new winemaker at Bloemendal, also has very smart Chenin Blanc called Witteberg under his own DA Hanekom Familie Wyne label.


Malu Lambert: Interview With Rianie Strydom Of Strydom Family Wines

Rianie Strydom has this way of focusing her attention on you that makes you feel that what you're saying is important. A conversation with her is empowering. I imagine this is one of the qualities tha


Porseleinberg Syrah 2016

Handcrafted. Porseleinberg, the Swartland property owned by Boekenhoutskloof, has just released the 2016 vintage of its Syrah and it's probably the least esoteric v

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Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2018

The fourth annual Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report is now out. 81 entries were received from 64 producers for this year's competition and these were tasted blind (


Reyneke Chenin Blanc 2016 Vs Reyneke Natural Chenin Blanc 2016

Natural and more natural. The Chenin Blanc from biodynamci producer Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch has always been top notch but In 2016, Stellenbosch grower Johan

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