Taming the Pinotage Animal

The animal is there, the question being what are you going to do about it? At a monumental Pinotage tasting held in the Braemar domain of Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell, a gathering of wine-makers, insightful marketers and lonely scribes assessed a line-up of wines drawn from a broad spectrum. Some familiar Pinotages were allowed in among a collection dominated by offerings from cooler and far-flung regions, signed-off by wine-makers who might be termed as being non-traditionally associated with South Africa’s home-grown red grape.

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Lights….. Camera…. Nescaf?+¦???+¦?+¦?-½?+½!

Winemakers are set to become the next commercial celebrities. While Tokara cellarmaster Miles Mossop has been creating a stir ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ and a few swoons ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ with his heartfelt endorsement of Nescaf+¬ coffee in a current television commercial, local and international brands are clambering over each other for the acting talents and brooding physical presence so characteristic of South African winemakers.

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On the Blacklands’ Tracks of Nature

I have been not unwilling, but reluctant, to add my penny to the fortune of riches amassed by the Swartland region over the past few years. The area holds a dear place in my weary heart, as the family farm called Swartboskraal is situated in the Swartland’s sandveld soul. To me the Swartland is a desolate and mysterious place, filled with tales of hardship told by people to whom the term “salt of the earth” does not do justice.