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Judging wine

By Jamie Goode | 5 July 2016

As I write, I’m about to embark on another South African venture. I’m catching a plane today to Cape Town, to judge the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition. While I’m there, I’ll also have a chance to nip down to the beautiful Franschhoek region, to focus on MCC (Methode Cap Classique, South Africa’s traditional method sparkling wine category). I’m looking forward to both immensely, and although it’s winter in the Cape, you never know – if you are lucky with the weather, you can get some pleasant winter sunshine. But you have to be prepared to be rained on. Mind you, I don’t begrudge the rain. Winegrowers here rely on decent rainfall in the winter to replenish ground reserves and fill up dams. If you want decent wine in reasonable quantities, then don’t complain about getting rained on in winter.

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The natural balance of biodynamic farming

By Jamie Goode | 12 May 2016

If you’ve ever tried growing your own vegetables and fruits, you can understand why chemical solutions to pests, weeds and diseases are an attractive option. For five years, I had an allotment near my home in Twickenham. I was busy, and the kids were young, and so any time I spent there tended to be spent fighting a losing battle with weeds, whose growth was relentless. And then, when I finally got things to grow, there was always an insect or fungus that seemed to fancy a bit of my crop. It was frustrating. Now imagine you have 40 hectares of vines to look after, and your financial future depends on getting good yields of healthy grapes. It’s not hard to understand the allure of agrochemicals.

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Top 20 South African wines

By Jamie Goode | 4 April 2016

It’s that time again. The time when South African wine journalist Tim James sends out a questionnaire to key wine journalists, sommeliers and retailers in South Africa and abroad who have a special interest in the country’s wines. 27 people in all were polled. We were asked to give him a list of our top 20 producers, identifying our top five out of this list. And from the responses, he compiles an overall list of the 20 best producers, according to opinion formers. Because this is South Africa and the journalists there don’t trust each other all that much, the whole process is of course audited, to take away any grounds for accusations of fiddling. And, when the results are released, we all go back to our notes to see how well our own personal lists tallies with the final group list.

 

I’ve done this exercise a few times now (it was first done in 2001, and has been repeated several times since), and I always find it very interesting. Some of us (me included) are very enthusiastic about new producers and the latest developments. Others take a more measured approach where they like to select producers with a longer track record, and pay homage to some of the industry greats. Overall, there’s a natural balance to the final ranking, and each time the list is compiled, it gives a snapshot of how the wine scene here is evolving.

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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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