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Pinotage: SA’s willing and versatile Wild Child

Pinotage: SA’s willing and versatile Wild Child

“Pinotage has a chip on a shoulder and is very often misunderstood,” says KWV chief viticulturist Marco Ventrella. This stems from a South African legacy of Pinotage that often showed unfavourable characteristics. I mean, who is really fond of smoky, leathery and...
As good as gold

As good as gold

The phrase “as good as gold” is an adage for something exceptional – a medal, a trophy or tiny bubbles in a golden glass of champagne. Recent gold wins for Boschendal’s MCCs: International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC): Gold for the Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut...
SA wine legend Spatz Sperling passes away

SA wine legend Spatz Sperling passes away

Michael Hans ‘Spatz’ Sperling has passed away, but this local legend leaves those close to him and the wine industry with a legacy spanning more than six decades. This legacy kicked-off when he arrived in South Africa in 1951 at a spry 20 years of age. Over the course...
Seven questions for seven Young Guns

Seven questions for seven Young Guns

Wine Cellar has done it again. And that is identifying SA’s hottest young winemaking talent. This year’s Young Guns theme is “Back to Basics” and the final in a series of seven blogs features Lukas van Loggerenberg of Van Loggerenberg Wines. Here are his answers to...
A steep hill to climb

A steep hill to climb

At the recent Simei@drinktec trade fare in Munich the state of heroic viticulture in Europe was given exposure during two presentations. The first focused on ‘heroic viticulture’, with particular focus on sites and examples of spectacular vineyards nestled on terraces...
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