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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit-Down with South Africa's Kevin Grant

The winemaker’s Ataraxia label makes its return to the U.S. market

Posted: August 1, 2011  By James Molesworth

Apologies for the rather quiet blog recently. I've had my nose to the grindstone, or at least to the Riedel glass, as I'm in the midst of an intensive tasting period working my way through the bulk of Rhône wines for my annual report, slated to appear near the end of the year as usual. While I've still got a ways to go, it's clear that 2009 provides the best buying opportunity for ageworthy Northern Rhône reds since the superb 2005 vintage. Stay tuned for more on those ….

I did manage to take a short break from the tasting room to catch up with Kevin Grant, winemaker and owner of South Africa's Ataraxia winery, which is now back in the U.S. market after a short hiatus. Ataraxia is one of the small, top-quality producers that's been head-scratchingly absent from the U.S. market, along with the likes of Kevin Arnold's Waterford Estate and Beyers Truter's Beyerskloof.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 Value Reds from South Africa

New reviews of Cabernets, Syrahs and more, all priced at $25 or less

Posted: July 1, 2011  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

24 Value Whites from South Africa

New reviews of diverse and delicious wines from the Cape region

Posted: June 24, 2011  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

2011 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Part 3

A first look at vintage quality in South Africa, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 3, 2011  

May 31, 2011 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

South Africa Alphabetical Listing

Posted: May 31, 2011  

May 31, 2011 Issue  :  Features

Wineries to Watch

Eight small producers offering variety and value

Posted: May 31, 2011  By James Molesworth

May 31, 2011 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Quietly Climbing

Quality and diversity are on the rise, but South African wines still struggle for recognition

Posted: May 31, 2011  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

South Africa's Klein Constantia Sold

Investment bankers buy historic Cape peninsula property

Posted: May 27, 2011  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with May-Eliane de Lencquesaing

The octogenarian former owner of Château Pichon Longueveille Lalande moves full speed ahead on her new South African project

Posted: May 24, 2011  By James Molesworth

Though she doesn’t come to the U.S. as often as she did during her heyday running Pauillac’s famed Château Pichon Longueville Lalande, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, who twice lived in Kansas when her husband, a French military officer, was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, still loves it when she does visit. "We were in the middle of the country, but far from everything," said de Lencquesaing, who stopped by the Wine Spectator office today. "So we traveled when we could, often to Napa to visit wineries." Her love of wine paid dividends when de Lencquesaing was eventually asked by her family to return to France and run the Bordeaux property, starting in 1978.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Pair of Southern Hemisphere Sit-Downs

Catching up with Chilean winemaker Adolfo Hurtado and South Africa's Neil Patterson

Posted: May 19, 2011  By James Molesworth

I had a few winemakers come through the office the week before last, on their way to pour their wines at Wine Spectator's 2011 Grand Tour, which stopped in Chicago, Las Vegas and Boston this year. I sat down separately with both Chile's Adolfo Hurtado, winemaker at Viña Cono Sur, and South Africa's Neil Patterson of L'Ormarins.

News & Features  :  News

South Africa's Anthonij Rupert Wine Group Buys Graham Beck Properties

Johann Rupert will acquire the vineyards, cellar and winery of its longtime neighbor in Franschoek

Posted: March 1, 2011  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News

Mulderbosch Vineyards Sold to U.S. Investment Group

Former Screaming Eagle co-owner's Terroir Capital buys leading South Africa producer

Posted: December 14, 2010  By Augustus Weed

Nov. 30, 2010 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

Eclectic Bargains, Riesling Redux, Good Hope and the West Coast

Posted: November 30, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Features

2010 New World Wine Experience: Old Terroir and New Ideas in South Africa

Leading producers explain the evolution of their country’s wines

Posted: November 2, 2010  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

19 South African Standouts

New reviews of a diverse collection of Cape wines, from high-end Cabernet- and Syrah-based blends to five wines priced at $11 or less

Posted: October 1, 2010  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit-Down with South Africa’s Peter de Wet

De Wetshof Estate, a Cape Chardonnay specialist, returns to the U.S. market

Posted: September 30, 2010  By James Molesworth

It’s been two years since the wines of South Africa’s De Wetshof Estate were in the U.S. market. Following an importer change, the winery is back; I sat down with the winery's current generation, Peter de Wet, here at my office last week to get caught up. De Wet, 26, is working alongside his father, the well-respected Dannie, who helped turn the winery into one synonymous with crystal clear, Chablis-like Chardonnay.

News & Features  :  Wine Talk

A Frost in the Vineyard

Golfer David Frost gets back to his roots, making South African wine

Posted: September 28, 2010  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

32 South African Rarities

Reviews of the 2010 Cape Winemakers Guild auction of small-production showcase wines from some of South Africa’s top winemakers

Posted: September 17, 2010  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Hog Island Oysters Meet a South African White

Shannon Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Elgin Valley 2009

Posted: September 7, 2010  By James Laube

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Since Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, which grape is it more like?

Posted: August 30, 2010  

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