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.
Posted: September 28, 2010 By Robert Taylor
Posted: September 17, 2010 By James Molesworth
Posted: September 7, 2010 By James Laube
Posted: August 30, 2010
Posted: July 27, 2010 By James Molesworth
There are plenty of rock-star winemakers—cool guys and girls with cultivated hipster images making cool wines. And then there’s Adi Badenhorst, of South Africa's A.A. Badenhorst family, who sat down with me here in my office today.
There’s nothing cultivated about his image: He’s a wooly bear, with a pony tail that looks like it’s been wrestled into submission, pork-chop sideburns and a former rugby player’s body. Talkative, loud, engaging and fully immersed in making wine, Badenhorst is currently carving out his own little corner of the Swartland in South Africa, working on the northern side of the Voor-Paardeberg ward, neighboring his good friend and fellow winemaker, Eben Sadie.
Posted: June 10, 2010 By James Molesworth
It was a busy week for winemakers stopping by my office this week. I had sit-downs with Miles Mossop of South Africa's Tokara as well as Chile's Marcelo Retamal (De Martino) and Sven Bruchfeld (Polkura). Mossop is the winemaker at South Africa’s ambitious Tokara winery. Owned by former banker G.T. Ferriera, Tokara is a well-financed project, replete with all the bells and whistles in the winery, though its initial set of releases from the 2003 and 2004 vintages failed to take off here in the U.S.
Posted: June 4, 2010 By Robert Taylor
Posted: June 4, 2010 By James Molesworth
Posted: May 25, 2010 By James Molesworth
Since I began covering South Africa in 2000, I haven’t exactly been the biggest fan of Pinotage, the country’s former signature grape. There are, however, exceptions. And though the grape has receded from the top lineup of varieties now pacing the South African category here in the U.S. market, there are still a few wineries that manage to make very good to outstanding versions, and Kanonkop's is a cellar-worthy treasure for its price. Here are my notes on a nine-vintage vertical tasting.
Posted: May 19, 2010
Posted: April 30, 2010
Posted: April 30, 2010
Posted: April 30, 2010 By James Molesworth
Posted: April 12, 2010 By James Molesworth
When Adam Mason took over the winemaking at South Africa’s Klein Constantia, it was his first full-time winemaking job. “I was filling big shoes at the time,” says Mason 36. Mason has filled those shoes admirably while cutting his own path along the way. In particular, he’s taken the winery’s flagship dessert wine, Vin de Constance, to new levels in the ’04 and ’05 vintages. A recent vertical tasting showed that Mason has made changes and improved a wine that is arguably the country’s top sweet wine.
Posted: February 26, 2010 By James Molesworth
Posted: December 18, 2009 By Laurie Woolever
Posted: December 10, 2009 By James Molesworth
Back in 2004, former Château Pichon-Longueville-Lalande owner May de Lencquesaing purchased a 310-hectare estate in South Africa’s Stellenbosch district, just around the corner from the famed Rustenberg estate. Now, with 60 hectares under vine (two-thirds of them in production) de Lencquesaing’s Glenelly estate has its first few wines in release.
Posted: November 11, 2009 By James Molesworth
Posted: October 20, 2009 By James Molesworth
James Molesworth sat down with Mason here at my office yesterday to get caught up on his recent efforts at South Africa's Klein Constantia winery. Klein Constantia is best known for its Vin de Constance bottling, a dessert wine made from naturally shriveled Muscat de Frontignan grapes. The 2004 vintage was the best yet for this wine, earning a stellar 94-point review.
Passionate about wine? Wine Spectator magazine is looking for an enthusiastic copy editor in the New York office.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash