The Phillips Family Issues Dire Warnings Imagine a Lodi without old vine Zinfandel. It’s not an impossibility. This issue always comes up in years when yields are down, as they were in 2017, 15%, 25%, or even more than 50%. This time around it comes in the middle of an economic clusterfudge: Sales of $10-and-under varietal Zinfandel continue…
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By by Sussie and Peter | www.susieandpeter.com Sadie Family Wines Treinspoor 2016, Swartland, South Africa (c. £35, Lay & Wheeler, Noel Young, Uncorked, Hedonism, Handford, Philglass & Swiggot & more via WineSearcher) First things first: this is a wildebeest of a wine. It’s wild – no domesticated decorum here. It has almost animalistic tendencies in…
By by Rupert Millar | www.thedrinksbusiness.com The aptly named Old Vine Project (OVP) has its origins back in 2002, when viticulturist Rosa Kruger began hunting down old blocks of vines. Word slowly spread and people came forward pointing out where they knew old plots to be and then some producers such as Eben Sadie began…
By by GREG SHERWOOD | www.gregsherwoodmw.com The 28th of June was a momentous day in the history of South African wine. The Old Vines Tasting at South Africa House in London presented by Andre Morgenthal and Jo Wehring of Wines of South Africa, profiled 77 of the most profound red and white wines produced in…
The Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business are delighted to announce Eben Sadie, of South Africa’s Sadie Family Wines, as the winner of the 2017 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award.
By by Lauren Eads | www.thedrinksbusiness.com
‘I’m not a consultant’, insists Rosa Kruger, who has played such an important part in launching a new wave of South African wine, ‘I’m a vineyard manager.’
By Jancis Robinson | www.jancisrobinson.com
This winemaker has been recognised internationally for pushing boundaries in the Western Cape’s harsh Swartland region.
By STAFFORD THOMAS | www.businesslive.co.za
The Old Vine Project in South Africa is an attempt to both discover vines and help make wines from vineyards that go back 35 years or more, but also convince growers and buyers that these vines need to be protected and nurtured. Su Birch talks to Andre Morgenthal and Jaco Engelbrecht who have got behind the initiative to ensure it achieves its ambitious goals.
By Su Birch | www.the-buyer.net
In Stellenbosch you’ll find two men with a mission – a mission to safeguard South Africa’s ’s heritage of old vines.
By Su Birch | www.winemag.co.za