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Shaking off the shackles

Shaking off the shackles

South Africa’s bigger wine companies have access to the best vineyards and should therefore be making the best wines in the country. Jeanri-Tine van Zyl and fellow wine writers argued the point with a tasting of two local trump cards. Few wine varieties are exempt...
Team Porex SA stronger than ever

Team Porex SA stronger than ever

Since going at it alone, Porex SA has gone from strength to strength and now offers three distinct services. Porex SA recently parted ways with the RX Group and now operates from its new premises at Bernheim Wines on the R45 near Paarl. Despite the change the...
What is the SmartAgri project?

What is the SmartAgri project?

The Western Cape government’s SmartAgri project recently reached a milestone with the completion of the Climate Change framework for the Western Cape agricultural sector.   The province has noticed an increasing demand for support to farmers and agri-business to...

Cellar equipment:Grape mash cooler

After grapes have been destemmed and crushed, the juice is not protected by the skin anymore and is exposed to air and everything which occurs on the grape skin. Air consists amongst other of oxygen, which can cause the browning of the juice. Different microorganisms...
The future of pruning

The future of pruning

Pellenc’s aim is to make mechanical pruning affordable, profitable and reliable. Four decades after the launch of its first mechanical pruning shears and the sale of more than 300 000 units worldwide, Pellenc has introduced its sixth-generation mechanical shears. The...
Sensory evaluation of wine (Part 3)

Sensory evaluation of wine (Part 3)

Projective mapping and Napping This article is the third in a series of four that deals with useful wine sensory evaluation methods for the industry. The articles are based on current sensory research at the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, Department of Viticulture...
The Sauvignon success story

The Sauvignon success story

Sauvignon 2016, The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, was held in February. Kiwi confidence and Sauvignon success go hand in hand. South Africa can learn from New Zealand’s rapid rise in the world of wine, driven mainly by its conquering cultivar,...
Increasing vineyards’ lifespan

Increasing vineyards’ lifespan

There are compelling reasons for using inboetstokkies to increase the lifespan of a vineyard and to avoid underutilising soil capacity. Sandile Mkhwanazi investigates. The planting of replacement vines, commonly known as inboetstokkies, has been neglected,...
Guidelines to reduce smoke taint in grapes and wine

Guidelines to reduce smoke taint in grapes and wine

Harvesting grapes from vines that have been exposed to bushfire smoke can result in wines containing smoke taint, commonly described as having “smoky, burnt and ash” aromas and “cigarette, ashtray, acrid and metallic” flavours. It is believed that smoke particles and...
Going Bos

Going Bos

There has been a decline in new plantings of bush vines in the past decade. But a new wave of winemakers are seeking to bring back this distinctively South African grape-growing method. There will only be an increase in the planting of new bush vines if they are...

The unexpected twist

An unexpected twist has hit the South African wine industry in the form of a new packaging solution called Helix. Helix, a pioneering ‘twist to open’ cork closure aimed at the still wine segment, and the first of its kind to be developed globally, has just...
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