Wednesday, 28 August, 2019

Chris Albrecht, winemaker at Bouchard Finlayson continues the legacy of bottling vinous wonders in the Hemel-en-Aarde

Magic is a difficult thing to define. It’s a feeling that runs up your spine and all your senses light up; scents become keener, your eyes open wider. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is a place drenched in the stuff, from the bowl of sky above, cut at night with crystal stars, to the silent and stoic sandstone rock formations of the surrounding Cederberg.
Malu Lambert

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Sauvignon of the sea

South African Sauvignon Blanc is made in a diverse range of styles, from the zingy, herbaceous to the more tropical as well as the wooded styles. There’s another category emerging; wines grown and vinified by the sea display a distinct salinity.
Malu Lambert

Thursday, 7 March, 2019

Listening to the landscape

Greek, Italian, Spanish? No, not what’s for dinner—but rather what’s happening in our national vineyard. Already this year I’ve been to the launch of Springfield’s Albariño as well as an exploration of the assyrtiko grape at Jordan, which they will be planting in 2020. South Africa will then join Australia as the only other country outside of Greece to produce it.
Malu Lambert

Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

South Africa’s secret tasting circles: The Stellenbosch Circle

The South African wine industry is rich with secret wine tasting societies. There are a number of tasting circles that have been around for decades and they meet out of the public eye, for no other purpose than for the enjoyment of wine and to keep palates and minds sharp. The only way you can join these circles is by invitation, or as Miles Mossop put it the other day, if someone dies.
Malu Lambert

Friday, 3 August, 2018

South Africa’s secret tasting circles: The Wine Swines

The South African wine industry is rich with secret wine tasting societies. There are a number of tasting circles that have been around for decades and they meet out of the public eye, for no other purpose than for the enjoyment of wine and to keep palates and minds sharp. The only way you can join these circles is by invitation, or as Miles Mossop put it the other day, if someone dies.
Malu Lambert

Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

The Rise of Bordeaux Style White Blends in South Africa

The South African white blend is a chameleon. Shifting its techniques and components it can be an elusive thing to pin down. There's the blanket term 'Cape White Blend', which is generally used to describe Chenin Blanc led blends made famous in the Swartland. Rounding off these wines are usually varieties such as Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay.
Malu Lambert