Collector’s wine encompasses a spirit of tenacity and sense of humour

 One of South Africa’s most loved and quirkiest fine wines celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with the latest release by Delheim in Stellenbosch. What some first derided as a failure, the late Spatz Sperling resurrected to become a beloved choice of South African new wine lovers. He called it Spatzendreck.

The Cap Classique Producers Association has recently re-positioned its marketing objectives to highlight the importance of time in the making of fine South African bubbly. The change occurs simultaneously to a drive for changes in local legislation governing the production of Cap Classique, and for which the CCPA are lobbying. All very positive indeed.

Youth academy partnership to learn wine process from start to finish

Renowned Stellenbosch winery Delheim is partnering to create a milestone for graduates – some from previously under resourced areas - creating their own wine product, start to finish. Commencing with this year’s harvest, the group from the Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA) will get a basic introduction from business plans to harvest, vinification, maturation and eventual own-brand wine release.

Kunye, meaning “together” in Xhosa, is a nonprofit wine brand that celebrates the diversity of the South African landscape. All profits generated from the Kunye wine sales will be put into a scholarship fund to help people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa to further their knowledge in any aspect of wine education.

“Think of chocolate coated espresso coffee beans with candied cherries and butterscotch. Does this sound delicious? It is indeed. There’s so much to love about the Barista Pinotage. Have a taste and see for yourself.” These are the words of winemaker legend, Bertus Fourie, who earned himself a place in SA’s wine hall of fame and the nickname ‘Starbucks’ for his creation of the now iconic Coffee Style Pinotage in South Africa.

TIM ATKIN MW RELEASES HIS 2020 SOUTH AFRICA REPORT, SAYING “THE CAPE IS FACING ITS BIGGEST CHALLENGE SINCE PHYLLOXERA”

 

  • Atkin says South Africa “making the best wines in its history”
  • “What we have now is a constellation shining bright above us in the firmament, made up of more than 100 winemaking stars.”
  • 1,381 wines tasted and 62 Zoom calls with winemakers replace usual month-long tour of the Cape to prepare the report
  • Two wines awarded 100-point scores, 32 Chenin Blancs scored 95+ points
  • Available on timatkin.com