Production

Ageing gracefully

Ageing gracefully

Awareness needs to be created around the value of keeping old vines in the ground, but is this sustainable for producers Wine made from old vines has recently become a unique South African niche and hot topic among international pundits. Viticulturist Rosa Kruger is...
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...
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...
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...