Category: South Africa

Harvest in South Africa 2018: of excellent quality despite the drought

Harvest in South Africa 2018: of excellent quality despite the drought

During our visit to South Africa at the beginning of March, the harvest was in full swing. The very difficult, and prolonged, drought in the wine regions of the Western Cape affects the grapes of course. But most of the producers we met told us …

The wines of Lismore, Greyton, South Africa

The wines of Lismore, Greyton, South Africa

Samantha O’Keefe, Lismore

Samantha O’Keefe must be pretty tough. She has a spectacular wine farm in the middle of nowhere, and she’s been running it pretty much single-handedly since the beginning, as well as being a single mum to two boys. And financially, this has not been the easiest of rides, either, with fluctuating yields […]

New releases from Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

New releases from Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

Gordy Newton Johnson

It was great to catch up with Gordon and Nadia Newton-Johnson to try through the latest releases from this well regarded Hemel-en-Aarde producer (for more details on them, see my extensive write up here).

‘The vineyards are now 15 years old and they are starting to make more sense on their own,’ says […]

Video: harvest at Gabrielskloof 3, making whites

Video: harvest at Gabrielskloof 3, making whites

In the third and final video from the 2018 harvest at Gabrielskloof, in South Africa’s Bot River wine region, I look at how white wines are made:
Part 2, red winemaking:
 
Part 1: in the vineyard:
Harvest at Gabrielskloof:

Managing red wine…

Video: harvest at Gabrielskloof 3, making whites

Video: harvest at Gabrielskloof 3, making whites

In the third and final video from the 2018 harvest at Gabrielskloof, in South Africa’s Bot River wine region, I look at how white wines are made:
Part 2, red winemaking:
 
Part 1: in the vineyard:
Harvest at Gabrielskloof:

Managing red wine…

Video: an epic tasting of 93 of South Africa’s top sparkling wines

Video: an epic tasting of 93 of South Africa’s top sparkling wines

To most Brits, MCC refers to the Marylebone Cricket Club and it’s an abbreviation synonymous with this most complex and beguiling of sports (one of the many that we Brits invented – we have a talent for this!). But to wine nuts who’ve taken more than a passing interest in what’s taking place in South […]

Thorne & Daughters, one of South Africa’s most exciting producers

Thorne & Daughters, one of South Africa’s most exciting producers

John Seccombe

John Seccombe is the man behind Thorne and Daughters. John has a calm, reassuring presence, and a voice made for radio, and the locals – who can’t pronounce his name (it should be ‘secc-comm’) – know him as Seccom-bee.

John met his wife Tasha while they were both studying at Stellenbosch, and after they […]

Video: harvest at Gabrielskloof part 2, making reds

Video: harvest at Gabrielskloof part 2, making reds

Here’s part 2 of the three short films I shot during my 10 days at Gabrielskloof. Here I’m showing red winemaking.
 
In case you missed it, here’s part 1: in the vineyard:

Harvest at Gabrielskloof:

Managing red wine ferments
Vi…

Video: vintage at Gabrielskloof part 1

Video: vintage at Gabrielskloof part 1

While I was taking part in vintage at Gabrielskloof a couple of weeks ago, I did quite a bit of filming. So I’ll be making three films, and this is the first, focusing on the vineyards. Picking decisions, picking grapes, then picking up the picked grapes.

Harvest at Gabrielskloof:

Managing red wine ferments
Vineyard sampling
Collecting grapes
Pressing Chenin Blanc […]

Marelise Niemann’s Momento wines, Bot River, South Africa

Marelise Niemann’s Momento wines, Bot River, South Africa

Marelise Niemann

Marelise Niemann is a champion of Grenache. Her label, Momento, began officially in 2013, when she was still working at Beaumont in the Bot River region of South Africa. Beaumont was her first proper job as a winemaker, although after university she did 8 months in California in 2007. She began at Beaumont […]