Wednesday, 4 April, 2018

Annandale Wines: Twelve years in oak and sixty year old cobwebs

Imagine a red wine left to mature in barrel for twelve years before bottling. Imagine that when opened the fruit is elegant, supple but still profound. There must be a magic formula, right?
Dave March CWM

Monday, 5 March, 2018

Genie In The Bottle

What is behind the thousands of wine bottles on our shelves?
Dave March CWM

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018

Pinot Noir in Heaven and Earth

The 2018 Pinot Noir Celebration was held deep in the rolling hills of Heaven and Earth, the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and presented wines from the three wards carrying its name.
Dave March CWM

Friday, 12 January, 2018

Selecting and Blending Wines: A Winemaker’s Perspective

Every wine is a blend. Even Single Varietal wines, such as Chardonnay, are blends – of both the farm and the cellar.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 18 December, 2017

Some Famous International Wine Regions – and why you should go next door

Many wine regions around the world have become bucket-list destinations. Nearly every wine producing country has at least one region where the wines are very special, or the area is very beautiful, or the culture is unique or all three. They are usually the ones most visited. They are not always the best to visit, however, if you are a true wine lover. Consider the following vinous pilgrimages.
Dave March CWM

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Cape Wine Masters taste Quality by Design (and Eight Five Star Wines) at the Winery of the Year

Cape Wine Masters and guests were privileged to be able to join Bruwer Raats at his Raats Family Wines tasting room in November; the estate named by Platter’s as the 2018 Winery of the Year to enjoy some very special wines.
Dave March CWM / The Institute of Cape Wine Master

Monday, 27 November, 2017

South African Shiraz; could it be Sparkling?

South Africa makes world-class sparkling wines. Often from the original Champagne grapes, in the Champagne Method and in a similar range of styles. White sparklers and the increasingly popular rosés fill the shelves, but only a few producers seem brave enough to include an MCC style that has found more favour ‘Down Under’.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 9 March, 2017

Tasting wine in a 50 year old mountain cellar

Few passing by would suspect that within a few metres of the busy Adam Tas part of the R44 through Stellenbosch there lies the resting place of some half a million bottles of wine.
Dave March CWM

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

Bad Riesling and unleaded petrol

Aged Riesling has long been associated with the smell of petrol. Some might call it kerosene or diesel, whatever, it sounds scary to new wine drinkers and heaven to many devotees.
Dave March CWM

Tuesday, 20 December, 2016

Rutherglen Muscats and Ned Kelly

Approaching the corrugated tin sheds of Morris winery outside Rutherglen in Victoria, Australia, you could easily imagine Ned Kelly skulking through the gum trees. It is an area of unspoiled natural beauty and Ned would find much to cover his escape.
Dave March CWM

Wednesday, 2 November, 2016

Selling South African wine in the German wine market

German based wine expert and owner of outlet ‘Wines of the New World’ in Bonn, Peter Gebler CWM has an in-depth knowledge of the German wine market, and shares his thoughts for South African producers.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 19 September, 2016

Wine education in SA; enriching and de-bunking

A while ago there was a most remarkable survey conducted in France. The question was based on what makes a national identity, what makes someone ‘French’? The top responses were, ‘being born in France’, ‘speaking French’, and ‘being educated in France’. Not so surprising, perhaps, but what followed very soon was.
Dave March

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016

What are the most difficult winemaking decisions?

Arguably, the most difficult decision a winemaker has to make is when to pick the grapes. Certainly in Europe this is a crucial decision, with the weather being so unpredictable and cruel. Maybe less so in South Africa. And maybe not the most difficult decision.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 7 March, 2016

Chateau Libertas: achieving change and consistency for 84 years

Biltong, braais, Mrs Balls, fynbos and Chateau Libertas. Are there any better words to make an ex-pat South African drop to their knees?
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

The 1855 Bordeaux Classification; complete nonsense, sorry Jancis.

So much has been written about the 1855 Classification of the wines of Bordeaux that it seems almost in bad faith to state that most of what is written is wrong.
Dave March CWM