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Smaller harvest, bigger quality

Smaller harvest, bigger quality

Distell’s head winemaker, Niël Groenewald said the 2018 wine grape harvest, some two weeks later than in previous years, had delivered healthy, good quality grapes, with the crop about 30% down on last year’s intake, although yields had differed across regions. “The...
Slippery slope  or one-off opportunity?

Slippery slope or one-off opportunity?

Heroic viticulture is being increasingly recognised in countries such as Spain, Portugal and Argentina and effectively used to sell good wines from extreme vineyards at higher price points. Planting and managing vineyards on extreme sites is nothing new, but the...
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...
The quest to become whole again

The quest to become whole again

Winemakers are increasingly looking to oft-forgotten techniques to improve the quality and elegance of their wine, enhance specific styles and facilitate processing in the cellar. Whole-bunch pressing, whole-bunch fermentation and carbonic maceration all have one...
In high spirits

In high spirits

South Africa is internationally renowned for its excellent brandy. Despite a recent slump in sales, producers are fighting back and changing the image of brandy locally and abroad.  The South African brandy story, as one might have surmised by now, does not have a...
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