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A Word From Peter The Lagoon at the end of Hermanus has been open to the ocean for the past six months resulting in a rush of water so great that it exposed the rubble from the old Birkenhead Hotel, which had been buried some 25 years ago. The significance of this is a gross illustration of the wet season experienced by our Walker Bay appellation. Our local drinking water storage dam has been running over the spillway and two spells of monsoon rain events left their mark with necessary repairs on our north west facing slopes. Despite this wet harvest we...

Harvest is coming to a close, and at this stage things are looking good overall. Pinotage - an early ripener - started veraison in early January, approximately ten days later than the 2013 vintage. The growing conditions have been great thus far.  We were graced with 47mm of rain in week two, which is unusually high for this time of year and fantastic for our unirrigated vineyards. The vines resisted the 40 degree heat wave that came late in January thanks to the rain and some hard work...

  Rustenberg, Roussanne, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2012  17.5/20pts (91/100pts) Rustenberg is a producer from whom you can buy with confidence, and its take on this classic Rhône grape is delicious. Fresh, creamy and complex, giving you notes of peach, green apple and pineapple, all driven on by a fine kick of acidity. DECANTER MAGAZINE, 50 Great Wines under £20, March 2012
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Bouchard Finlayson are without hesitation one of South Africa’s most respected wine producers.  Established in 1989 as collaboration between South African Peter Finlayson and Burgundy’s Paul Bouchard, it is an internationally renowned and respected estate. Situated in Walker Bay, mid-way between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas (the most southerly tip of Africa), it enjoys a climate which is heavily influenced by the nearby cold Atlantic Ocean. Indeed, it is one of the coolest wine growing areas of The Cape. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth), home to Bouchard-Finlayson therefore concentrates its production around cooler climate varietals such as Sauvignon...
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Ntsiki Biyela, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal, loves her job as winemaker at Stellekaya Winery. She has embraced the culture of wine and enjoyed every step of her journey.
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"The Democracy Series gives expression at a very intimate, human level to the impact of the many transformation initiatives occurring throughout the wine industry. These range from black economic empowerment ventures to bursary and training programmes, as well as to various eco and social sustainability projects. "As winemaker Ntsiki Biyela says, wine is for people to enjoy the journey!"
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The Fairhills project has brought positive change to this Breedekloof farm, where Cynthia Pieterson is the third generation of her family to live and work. When she started a small daycare centre, she never dreamed that one day she would be the principal of three.
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As harvest 2014 draws closer, a cool, calm and collected Charl du Plessis – Spice Route Wines Winemaker – shares his thoughts and predictions on this year’s harvest. “Overall our dryland vineyards are in great condition – even better in comparison to last year. The unusual heavy rainfall we experienced in the second week of January 2014 was of no detriment to our vineyards, but rather of much benefit, allowing the grapes to develop at an optimal level. The Swartland vineyards are tremendously dependent on the region’s winter rainfall, which allows water reserve build-up to occur. A continuous supply of water...
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By Andrew Pike - taken from Pikes Spring News Pikes is making progress on sustainable management with the installation of a new 72KW solar generation system on the roof of our Polish Hill River winery. It is the latest step in our continued progress on reducing the carbon footprint of our operations at Pikes. The project is co funded by the Federal Government’s Clean Energy program and will result in an estimated 43% reduction in our annual power costs. This equates to a reduction of approximately 72 tonnes of CO2 production annually from our operations….which is the equivalent of the...