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Old vineyards

By Jamie Goode | 8 September 2015

It was a beautiful early Autumn day when I visited Basil Landau's La Brie farm in the Franschhoek Valley. Basil is an interesting person. He was a prominent businessman and friend of presidents in a previous era in South Africa. In 1986, at the age of 56, he decided on a change of pace, and bought a beautifully situated farm in scenic Franschhoek where he moved with his considerably younger wife, Jane. The farm was originally given to a Hugenot (Jacques de Villiers) in 1689, and was built up from nothing. Basil's home was built in 1787, so it is properly old.

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Some tips on who to look out for next...

By Jamie Goode | 11 August 2015

Last month I was back in South Africa again, for the third time this year. Slightly excessive, I know, but there is just so much going on here that it's hard to keep up. Besides, I was here for a specific reason: to take part as a judge in the second Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge, a competition that I also judged last year.

 

I arrived in Stellenbosch at lunchtime. I was staying at the accommodation next to Ken Forester's 96 Winery Road restaurant, so after dropping my bags, I headed across to the restaurant. It was a glorious sunny winter's day, so I sat outside, had an amazing burger, a craft beer and a glass of Carsten Migliarina's excellent Shiraz. A good start to the trip. I'd just finished when the Breedekloof guys - Pieter Cronje, De Wet Lategan and Attie Loew - rocked up to show me their Chenin Blancs.  

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Chardonnay in South Africa

By Jamie Goode | 9 July 2015

Chardonnay is the great global traveller of white grape varieties. In this sense, it is a bit like its red equivalent, Cabernet Sauvignon. Both grapes seem pretty flexible in their requirements, and tend to do pretty well wherever they are planted. And Chardonnay trumps Cabernet in that it seems to adapt itself to lots of different terroirs without overpowering them, rendering some of the specific local character rather than tasting just of Chardonnay. In contrast, Cabernet has a tendency to taste more of Cabernet than the place, although this is, of course, a bit of a generalization.

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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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