For South African Vineyards, it’s in with the Old

The wine industry tends to change trends and fashions about as regularly as a teenager revamps its Instagram profile, but this one isn’t going anywhere. It’s the one about the South African winelands’ old vine project, conserving decades-old vineyards sunk into the country’s ancient soils, often in far-flung places up on the West Coast and the Citrusdal Mountains. The story is of the vines and their evocative regional identity complemented by the intriguing profiles of the wines made from them; wines bottled and crafted by red-blooded South Africans wanting to express the land, its old vineyards and the provenance of the country’s vinous legacy in a bottle. And to pour it for the world with a straight backbone, rigid with pride.

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You’re Toast, and not Complaining

South African masterpiece.

What do Marvin Shanken and Johann Rupert have in common? Besides having – as publisher of Wine Spectator and owner of L’Ormarins respectively – a bit of influence on the wine world, that is.

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