Opinion

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,...
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...

To compete or not

If entered strategically, wine competitions can be a tool to promote quality wines. The pro’s and cons of competitions were scrutinised at a Rootstock session last night.  Rootstock has become an influential platform for wine industry discussions,...

Smart fruit

The diversity of South African Chenin Blanc was a colourful affair at this month’s Which Wine tasting, with purity of fruit and smart winemaking as the golden thread. Here are some of the key take home messages from the judges. HIGGO JACOBS, CHAIRMAN OF WHICH WINE...
Asking the tough questions

Asking the tough questions

This revelation came from a supplier to the industry, who would probably lose some business if he does not remain anonymous. But the outsider’s view is often most revealing and I certainly think he has a point. The past year or two have seen a significant increase...

Organically made – Quality driven

Biodynamic and Organic wine producers have “upped the ante” when it comes to quality wine production. At the recent Which Wine tasting, the panel confirmed the vast improvement over the past couple of years. Differentiation of organic and biodynamic, was a...
Not for the faint-hearted

Not for the faint-hearted

Never a dull moment! The year got off to a bumpy start, with Agoa negotiations continuing to balance on a knife’s edge. Judging by its first few days, this won’t be a year in which to be chicken. Besides the looming threat of additional duties of...
VinPro Infoday – the highs and lows

VinPro Infoday – the highs and lows

Straight shooting, honest introspection and the promise of game-changing opportunities characterised this year’s Nedbank VinPro Information Day.  After kicking the day off with seriously depressing economic realities, it was hard not to be concerned about...

Shelf life – a breaking point

Filling dates and shelf life seem to be a challenge for the hugely popular bag in box segment. While simple but consistent wines were expected in this tasting, some did not meet the minimum requirements. Here are some of the key messages from the judges: Higgo Jacobs,...