CAPE WINE BLOGS


 

Breaths of fresh air
Highlights of Cape Wine 2015 included the 30-minute talks in the Amorim Speakers’ Corner, where each speaker presented a number of wines to illustrate the point that he or she was making about a particular subject.

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Shaping the future of South Africa
At CapeWine 2015’s Apprentice seminar, four talented South Africans offered their take on being empowered and mentored to make a positive difference to the wine industry.

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South African Blends – Making their Mark
Winemakers are redefining South African blends, both red and white, making them among the country’s most exciting and sought-after wines. This seminar, led by sommelier-at-large Higgo Jacobs, explored why these wines are proving so successful.

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Surfing the crest of a (wine-making) wave…
From the windswept vineyards of the Elim ward on the Agulhas Plain, to the cooling breezes wafting up the hills of Stellenbosch, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans have an enormous impact on the wines produced in the Western Cape.

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LISTENING TO THE LANDSCAPE
The Typicity of Our Terroir Rosa Kruger – Viticulturist and chair                                                                                                                                           

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CAPE WINE 2015: OPENING DAY FULL OF OPTIMISM AND INTEREST
Tastemaker talk is contagious. It's part of the reason why international interest in South Africa's wine industry is currently trending at such a high.  And producers, propelled by all the excitement in their wines, have been on an innovation roll. That's fuelling still further interest from the global wine fraternity. But by all accounts, this is just the beginning.

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Red and white blends with restaurant trends
South Africa, especially the Cape Winelands and surrounds, has seen a proliferation of restaurants and an increased focus on cuisine. Similarly, the qualities of our wines and the various styles being developed have been exploding over the last 10 years.

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Poster boys and girls for a brave green world
It’s always inspiring for a trade show’s delegates to see tangible evidence of the organiser’s buy-in to the ethos and principles it espouses. WOSA (Wines of South Africa) has long represented a country’s wine growers that are acknowledged as world leaders in ethical and sustainable production. So it’s all about integrity when WOSA continues to not only spread its ‘go green’ message, but actually walks the walk.

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Cape Innovation
‘There is nothing new under the sun’ or so the saying goes but in South Africa many winemakers are exploring, and succeeding, in producing the best in innovation of blends, showcasing terroir, winemaking techniques and their personalities. Boundaries are being pushed, much to the delight of the consumer who is looking for something different, to experience never tried before blends.

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Riding the winemaking wave
“The more you surf during the harvest season the better the wines. You’re just in such a better frame of mind after being at sea,” says Jeremy Walker of Grangehurst.

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Raising a glass to interconnectedness
Studies on the dwindling population of bees, the decline of wildflowers and the altered migration patterns of birds, are rive.  Many factors contribute to these changes, not least of which are agricultural practices that encroach on environments, where natural habitat has to make way for cultivated crops. With 95% of South Africa’s wine-growing taking place in a global biodiversity hotspot, the responsibility of wine producers to limit this ‘encroachment’ is huge.

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Uncovering South Africas potential
Grabbing an opportunity from a zero base and escalating yourself into self-sustained success and happiness not only grows the individual but also those around them.  Making a real difference are mentorship programmes on offer in South Africa.

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Tangible transformation in South Africa
A few years ago, I had the privilege of researching and writing Ithemba, which involved photographer Anna Lusty and I travelling around the winelands to visit and photograph a wide array of projects, from education initiatives to workers’ trusts, as well as black-owned brands and winemakers of colour

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Beyond the noble bloodline
In the mid 90s I attended what was most likely my very first launch event.  It was a very rainy, overcast day and I took the GM of the then Dorpshuis in Stellenbosch, Richard Chaimberlain,  along to attend what would be one of my most memorable launches ever – the launch of De Trafford’s first commercial vintage.  Only reds at the time, the classics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a blend.  David’s charming wife Rita prepared leg of lamb – the rosemary, wine-infused, reduced, slightly charred a fall- off-the-bone kind of dish.

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Listening to the Landscape
Listening to the Landscape seminar at Cape Wine will explore the typicity of our terroir, what defines it, what it means for different wines, and how different soil types influence the vines and the wines. The panel will discuss five unique terroirs and present wines for tasting that will reflect a unique and different expression each time.

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