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Oude Wellington has stood the test of time

well-t Watching a justifiably chuffed Jo Lazarus conducting a tasting tour of his organic vineyards, and then, along with 40 other animated visitors, enjoying the sublime provenance of their lovely little farm on the outskirts of Wellington (a delectable organic alfresco lunch prepared by wife Candice, paired with award-winning wines),

By Maggie Follett 04 May 2012 Read Article

 

Organic bliss at Lazano

lanz22-t Watching a justifiably chuffed Jo Lazarus conducting a tasting tour of his organic vineyards, and then, along with 40 other animated visitors, enjoying the sublime provenance of their lovely little farm on the outskirts of Wellington (a delectable organic alfresco lunch prepared by wife Candice, paired with award-winning wines),

By Orielle Berry 04 May 2012 Read Article

Winter showcase celebrates chenin

chenin-t It’s not the first time on these pages that I’ve extolled the virtues of chenin blanc, nor its amazing diversity or, that these days, it’s a given that it has firmly established itself as a varietal that is being taken very seriously indeed in this country. Last year I attended a symposium The diversity of chenin blanc  in Stellenbosch...

By Orielle Berry 13 April 2012 Read Article

Staking a green claim in trellises

jamii-T For most of us who think of vineyards,  it’s the issues of terroir or whether the vines are dryland bush vines or irrigated vineyards that spring to mind. But trellising is an important part of wine farming, and with the focus on biodiversity in the wine industry and sustainable practices, the type of trellising that farmers use is becoming more and more of a talking point.

By Orielle Berry 06 April 2012 Read Article

Ambassador of ‘mystery’ grape

Blaauwklippen-T An interesting tasting took place a couple of weeks ago led by Rolf Zeitvogel, cellarmaster at Blaauwklippen, of Californian zinfandels along with the release of Blaauwklippen’s latest vintage of this varietal. In South Africa there are minuscule plantings of zinfandel, with only four producers listed in the 2012 Platter’s guide: Blaauwklippen, Idiom, Glen Carlou and Zevenwacht.

By Orielle Berry 09 March 2012 Read Article

Wines of finesse

Veenwouden-t Marcel van der Walt, Veenwouden’s cellarmaster and owner, has been honing his skills in refining his wines for almost 10 years now, where the use of tempered oaking is de rigeur, resulting in great ageing possibility and softer tannins. For those who have decried the location of the private cellar, situated between Wellington and Paarl, as somewhat unlikely for growing prime grapes, Marcel – along with viticulturist Sias Louw – has proved them wrong.

By Orielle Berry 09 March 2012 Read Article

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