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Attending the Old Vine Project's heritage seal launch

By Jamie Goode | 10 May 2018

Don't you just love coincidences? Well, how's this for one. During my last trip to South Africa in February, I took a break from vintage to head over to the Swartland, for a tasting of old wines from Piedmont – mostly Barolos and Barbarescos from the 1960s. This was on Friday night, and it was amazing. I stayed over with my friends Ryan Mostert and Samantha Suddons, who make wine under the Silwervis, Smiley and Terracura labels. The next day they took me for a drive to see some of the vineyards that they work with. We headed out along the backroads of the Swartland, travelling from one farm to another, on a gorgeously bright, sunny Saturday morning, riding in Samantha's Range Rover. Now a Range Rover is a four-wheel drive car for fancy people, and this one was a bit pimped up with low profile tyres on after-market alloy wheels. You can guess what happened next.

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Making white wine

By Jamie Goode | 23 March 2018

In the last WOSA newsletter I wrote about my experiences working vintage at Gabrielskloof, a winery in the Bot River region where three winemakers, Peter-Allan Finlayson, Marelise Niemann and John Seccombe share the same space. In that article, I talked about the red winemaking process; here I'll share a bit about some of the white winemaking choices and techniques.

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Making red wine at Gabrielskloof

By Jamie Goode | 5 March 2018

Last year I caught the winemaking bug. I was invited out to spend time in the cellars of four of the leading producers in Elgin, South Africa's coolest-climate wine region, which is currently a bit of a hotspot. In particular, Elgin is turning out some very fine Chardonnay. The brief experience of being in these cellars meant that when Peter-Allan Finlayson (of Crystallum and Gabrielskloof) invited me to spend some time at his place during vintage, I immediately cleared some time in my diary, and booked flights.

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Making money in the age of cheap wine   In an age of cheap wine, it's difficult to make money out of making the stuff. And this is one of the problems that many producers in South Africa are experiencing at the moment. Everyone is telling them that in order to be more profitable they should charge more for their wines. But they can only charge what their customers are willing to pay.    

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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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