Posted on September 18 2009 by
Your braai, and the wine served with it, should be worthy of the custodians of the oldest surviving human tradition. As a South African winemaker, your wine better stand up to that inheritance.
Posted on April 21 2006 by
Vintage is a battle, or more accurately, a very rough game; the best result of which can only be a draw. Nature will never let your ego triumph.
Early yesterday morning I drove up the N1 from my home in Cape Town turning northwards on the R44 at Wellington, a small town sheltering from the promise of heat in a depression at the foot of the Groenberg mountains.
Veraison Road Trip
Posted on February 17 2006 by
The quality is great. We have just unloaded our first batch of gorgeous Shannon Vineyard Pinot Noir from cool climate Elgin. The grower of these magnificent globes, James Downes, is a perfectionist. His vines look like they have been trimmed with nail clippers and the cover-crop between the vines looks like it was cut and combed by Bianca, my wife’s hairdresser.
Pinotage is a South African variety of grape. In 1925 Professor Perold of the University of Stellenbosch “invented” Pinotage by crossing Pinot Noir and a relatively obscure Rhone variety, Cinsault. While there is Pinotage grown elsewhere in the world the vast majority of vines are planted in South Africa.
Making Pinotage and Learning Humility
Headlines the world over lament the desperate state of the French wine industry on a daily basis. Consider for a moment the drought our winelands are grappling with, unprecedented oversupply and consequent wine dumping, a strong currency and the recent onset of utterly unprofitable viticulture. What emerges is a rather bleak picture of our own industry. If ever there was a time to get behind Brand South Africa, it is now.
Wild Ferment - The business of wine, here and now
The numbers 082 162 rule his life. A self-confessed slave to the winemaking tribe, he finds the sultry temptations of the Weathergirl at the other end of the line frustratingly irresistible.
Wild Ferment - The Weathergirl