Keeping the lights on

Keeping the lights on

August 2014 /

Energy cost was ranked as the top concern of wine cellar CEO’s in the 2014 Price Waterhouse Coopers wine industry insights survey. Energy management guidelines, commissioned by Winetech, are, however, being established to support the wine industry in improving energy performance and efficiency. EDO HEYNS spoke to Nadia Sanetra, one of the researchers involved in this project, to get a practical perspective of energy management.

Wood and wine update: Choosing the best barrel

Wood and wine update: Choosing the best barrel

August 2014 /

Except for the purchasing of grapes, the cost for the acquiring of barrels is the second highest production expenditure of wine cellars. Because of the physical nature of barrels it is however easy to specify your requirements. Yet, it is astonishing how many barrels are bought by wine cellars without applying a comprehensive scientific evaluation prior to the purchase of the barrels.

Classy cool climate Syrah

Classy cool climate Syrah

04 August 2014 /

Complex, elegant and fresh – these are some of the terms commonly used to describe South African cool climate Shiraz, or rather Syrah. The full potential of this style is perhaps still largely undiscovered, but these wines are already reaping the rewards. This was highlighted during the August Which Wine tasting, with the Sijnn Syrah 2011 chosen as the Pick of the Bunch.