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A toast to fine oak

A toast to fine oak

The use of wood is an integral part of winemaking, but the implications of using this natural material extend beyond the cellar. By Bernard Mocke   The commercialisation of oak barrels started when the Roman armies and traders of old replaced clay amphorae with oak...
Flash Détente technology

Flash Détente technology

The use of thermovinification to prevent the negative results of rotten or unripe red grapes has also been applied in South Africa since the seventies. The primary aim was to shorten the period of skin maceration and prevent potential browning as result of rotten...
The art of wine blends

The art of wine blends

The perception of the ordinary wine consumer and winemakers differs considerably with regard to blends. While the consumer often sees it as wines that are made from different varietal wines and a specific cultivar designation cannot be attributed to it, practical wine...
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