Monday, 19 October, 2020

Tasting in shapes

Burrowing down the rabbit hole with the Mullineux Single-Terroir Syrahs 2018, watch out for stalactites
Malu Lambert

Friday, 2 October, 2020

Some thoughts on some wines, Cape Winemakers Guild 2020

The wines of the annual Cape Winemakers Guild auction are something I always look forward to. Yes there’s a sense of rarity, exclusivity – but I also feel like the winemakers inject the full force of their personalities into the wine, like they’ve been given a canvas to play with. Removed for a moment from their house styles, their sacrosanct ranges; it’s the chance to bring that idea to life.
Malu Lambert

Tuesday, 16 June, 2020

20 Years of Cabernet Franc

Coming into its own - Some of South Africa’s most exciting red wines are single-varietal cabernet francs; the cultivar is finally getting the attention it deserves
Malu Lambert

Tuesday, 31 March, 2020

The case for cans

Tasting through 20 canned wines to find the best of the bunch
Malu Lambert

Wednesday, 18 December, 2019

Palomino, simply for the pleasure of it

If vineyards are but grape gardens, the deeply rooted old vines the trees, then we haven’t been gardening very well. Rarities have been lost in a bid to chase trends and commercial success; history is discarded in favour of the bottom line. One such variety, palomino is all but extinguished, even though it’s a plant that carries with it over a century of winemaking history.
Malu Lambert

Monday, 25 November, 2019

Bubbling over with innovation

The first ever MCC was made in 1971 at Simonsig, the now famous Kaapse Vonkel (Cape Sparkling). Though it was only in 1992 that the term Cap Classique was first used, and has since then defined the category, Méthode Cap Classique or MCC, is the term for sparkling wines made in the same traditional method as champagne, where the wine undergoes second fermentation in the bottle.
Malu Lambert

Friday, 4 October, 2019

South Africa’s secret tasting circles: The Celts

A group of friends gather under the awning of a country home in Stellenbosch. The location is Bein Wine, the smallest wine estate in the Cape, planted exclusively to merlot. The sky waxes pink above as the friends sip on glasses of rosé. It’s a civilised scene. But that’s what they want you to think. This is one of South Africa’s secret tasting—and most uncivilised—circles: The Celts.
Malu Lambert

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