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The South African wine industry is known for its dynamic and innovative approach as well as its top notch wines and young, creative winemakers.

The industry is progressing and changing at speed, as South Africa is increasingly recognised for premium wines and world-class wine tourism. Read all the latest news from Wines of South Africa...

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MCC, Methode Cap Classique

An epic tasting of MCC

By Jamie Goode | 20 July 2017

On a recent trip to South Africa, I was treated to a remarkable, one-off tasting. It was of Mèthode Cap Classique (MCC), which is the South African name for bottle-fermented sparkling wines. Canadian wine journalist Treve Ring, who I was travelling with, has a keen interest in sparkling wine, as do I, and so we were thrilled when WOSA managed to get word out that we wanted to do a serious, in-depth deep-dive into MCC, to see how things are going with sparkling wines here.

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Old Vine Project

Saving Old Vines

By Jamie Goode | 6 July 2017

There's a lot of buzz around the subject of old vines in South Africa at the moment. To the outsider, this may seem very strange, but one of the keys to making fine wine is working with older vines, which, for one reason or another, seem to produce grapes that make more interesting wines. South Africa is very lucky because it has a treasure trove of old vineyards, many of which are currently unrecognized because their grapes are being sold cheaply, only to disappear into large blends. Now there is a concerted effort underway to identify all the old vineyards, and ensure their survival by making sure they are financially viable, lest they be pulled out.

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Tasting History

By Jamie Goode | 13 June 2017

One of the compelling things about wine is that fine wines have the ability to age, which means that you can, if you are lucky, taste a bottle that even pre-dates you, or which was produced from the harvest of a significant year. Some of these wines are remarkable merely because they have survived and are still drinkable; for others, this age has imparted extra dimensions and complexity. This is why we cellar wine: in the hope that it will be transformed during its gently slumber into something special.

But there are three South African bottles that I've been lucky enough to drink, which really have involved tasting a bit of history.

 

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Jamie Goode

On a recent trip to South Africa, I was treated to a remarkable, one-off tasting. It was of Mèthode Cap Classique (MCC), which is the South African name for bottle-fermented sparkling wines. Canadian wine journalist Treve Ring, who I was travelling with, has a keen interest in sparkling wine, as do I, and so we were thrilled when WOSA managed to get word out that we wanted to do a serious, in-depth deep-dive into MCC, to see how things are going with sparkling wines here.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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