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South Africa: Day 3

Posted: March 10, 2007  By James Molesworth

Today was spent with Mike Ratcliffe, one of the Cape's young go-getters. He currently runs his family estate, Warwick , as well as Vilafonté , his joint venture with California winemaker Zelma Long. Warwick is on a nice saddle of land between the Kanonkop and Klapmutskop, two hills that stretch out from Stellenbosch.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

South Africa: Day 2

Posted: March 9, 2007  By James Molesworth

Today started off with a tour of L’Ormarins estate, where Johann Rupert has taken charge of his family’s wine business, following after his late father and brother. Nestled in the warm Franschhoek valley, L’Ormarins sits beneath the majestic Drakenstein mountains, with sprawling horse pastures at the bottom part of the estate and vineyards carved out of the hillsides further up.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

In the Cape: Day 1

Posted: March 8, 2007  By James Molesworth

Well, I finally made it. In transit for two days, and not a hitch—that’s got to be a modern-day record for commercial air travel. After landing in Cape Town, I spent my first hour crawling through traffic on the way to my hotel.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Heading Off on a Long Trip

Posted: March 6, 2007  By James Molesworth

Well, I’m off to South Africa. Marvin finally agreed to send me—probably because he got sick of me talking about it, and he just wanted me out of his hair for a few weeks! It’s been a while since a Wine Spectator editor made an official visit to the Cape—not since my colleague James Suckling was there shortly after apartheid ended in 1994.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: South African Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

Great values can be found in a range of styles

Posted: February 9, 2007  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  New Wines, New Faces

New Wines, New Faces: Capaia

The South African winery started with help from an Italian leader, but found its footing with the help of a Bordeaux icon

Posted: February 1, 2007  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: South African Chenin Blanc

South Africa's workhorse grape deserves more attention

Posted: January 29, 2007  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: South Africa, Part 2

Syrah and other Rhône varieties are among the Cape's most exciting new releases

Posted: January 19, 2007  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Winemaker Talk

Winemaker Talk: Marc Kent

South African winemaker makes outstanding Syrahs and Cabernets at Cape winery Boekenhoutskloof

Posted: January 19, 2007  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: South Africa, Part 1

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot increase their presence in the Cape

Posted: January 17, 2007  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Another Year, Another 360 South African Wines

Posted: December 28, 2006  By James Molesworth

I've just finished off the last of my South African tastings for my upcoming report (scheduled for the April 30 issue). Running the numbers, it turns out I've reviewed over 360 South African wines since my last report—the most I've ever reviewed in a single year since I began covering the region six years ago.

News & Features  :  Winemaker Talk

Winemaker Talk: Ken Forrester

South African vintner stays focused on Chenin Blanc--and the food to go with it

Posted: September 26, 2006  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down With Pinotage Champion Beyers Truter...

Posted: September 19, 2006  By James Molesworth

I sat down with South African vintner Beyers Truter last week, to talk a bit about Pinotage. I haven’t been kind to the Pinotage grape – at one time South Africa’s most important red varietal. I find the wines dominated by rustic, stemmy notes and an aggressive tannin structure.

News & Features  :  Winemaker Talk

Winemaker Talk: Mike Dobrovic

South Africa's Rumi-quoting vintner splits time between Mulderbosch and his own Sanctum

Posted: September 1, 2006  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Winemaker Talk

Winemaker Talk: Teddy Hall

Owner of South Africa's Rudera winery explains why he champions Chenin Blanc

Posted: August 14, 2006  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: South Africa

As the Cape wine industry matures, the varietal landscape is changing

Posted: July 25, 2006  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down With South African Vintner Bruce Jack...

Posted: July 21, 2006  By James Molesworth

I sat down with Bruce Jack the other day, to get caught up on things in South Africa. Jack, 36, is the owner and winemaker at Flagstone winery, and he’s what I consider a typical South African vintner: quality oriented, producing a moderate volume (about 70,000 cases a year) and focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc (the Cape’s best grapes, along with Chenin Blanc).

Video  :  Video Index

Coming Together Over Wine: Charles Back on South Africa

See why South Africa is one of the most exciting emerging wine regions. Cape vintner Charles Back of Fairview Wines talks about how South Africans are coming together over wine in this conversation with James Molesworth.

Posted: July 20, 2006  

News & Features  :  News

Harvest 2006: South African Vintners Happy With Both Reds and Whites

Warm, dry conditions made it a very good year for structured Cabernets and Syrahs

Posted: June 9, 2006  By James Molesworth

April 30, 2006 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

South Africa Still Surging

Syrah and Chenin Blanc star as Americans discover the Cape

Posted: April 30, 2006  By James Molesworth

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