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Vineyard age vs Technique

Vineyard age vs Technique

Wines made from older vineyards showed delicacy and finesse at this month’s Which Wine tasting of Grenache Noir. Winemaking technique impressed on the day with not much talk on the grape itself. CHRISTIAN EEDES There’s plenty of hype around the variety but are we...
Sand vs Brand

Sand vs Brand

  Will Swartland sand also gain the same cult following and premium price its wine has enjoyed over the past decade In the famous article How to Brand Sand authors Sam I Hill, Jack McGrath and Sandeep Dayal say that with the right branding even commodities such...
Sandile’s wine of the month: July

Sandile’s wine of the month: July

Pool sipping fire-water A personal appreciation for brandy was quite obvious in the wines that stood out for me this week – even though the two wines are worlds apart! Having tasted on a monthly basis with Higgo Jacobs, former chairman of Which Wine, a bi-monthly...
Edo’s wine of the month: July

Edo’s wine of the month: July

Wines for clear but cold days Sandile and I have taken on the difficult but gratifying task of blogging about our favourite wines tasted each month – as well as the journey that led to these choices. With July being the month that I was born in, the first attempt at...
Where have you set your horizon?

Where have you set your horizon?

“There’s always a sucker in South Africa,” an international bulk wine buyer told me recently, illustrating why we still hold the title as the world’s cheapest wine supplier. Short-term decision making is hurting South Africa. While this applies to political squabbles...
Growing young minds

Growing young minds

Youth development and training holds the key to a sustainable future for the wine industry. Developing young wine minds was the theme of the latest Rootstock session presented at L’Avenir’s new venue, Pinotage. The panel comprised individuals that run different...
Advancing authenticity

Advancing authenticity

What would’ve happened if Chenin Blanc was still called Steen Or if Méthode Cap Classique was labelled Vonkel or even Uvubelo (ferment in Xhosa) Being authentically, proudly South African has its merits. Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judge and acclaimed French...
Branding – Key to Asia

Branding – Key to Asia

Asia offers significant opportunities for South Africa, but we need to get our branding and price points right. A frequent Rootstocker and runner-up at the young wine-writers competition, Danielle Jacobs, shares some of the highlights of the Simon Tam Rootstock...
Elegant fruit

Elegant fruit

Consumers are demanding fruity wines, resulting in a shift to fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon in South Africa. Higgo Jacobs: The old school cabs- heavy on wood and structure with some fruit definition- have a specific niche of customers that appreciate them....
Shaking off the cheap and cheerful image

Shaking off the cheap and cheerful image

“Chenin Blanc can be great and yet is largely forgotten by the world’s fine-wine lovers. Who cellars it Do you Is its time finally arriving Good question. It may take South Africa, which no one previously could have imagined upstaging the likes of France, to remind us...
The balancing act

The balancing act

The quality of South African Sauvignon Blanc is peaking. At the recent Which Wine tasting the category’s price point versus the quality was a point of debate. HIGGO JACOBS, WHICH WINE CHAIRPERSON The quality of the wine is fairly good with a clear-cut difference...
Thoughts from Chapman’s Peak

Thoughts from Chapman’s Peak

My approach at this year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour, or “Argus” as most people still call it, was to do it like a tourist who’s visiting Cape Town for the first time. Although looking at incredible scenery (instead of the wheel in front of me) and stopping for every...
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