Never one to mince words, W. Blake Gray visited South Africa this year and in this and a companion piece on his own site, explored the effect of wind on terroir and wondered how much progress has been made in South African wine post-apartheid.
Best of 2015: Old Vines: In the Rhône Valley, it’s Not a Marketing Slogan, it’s Saving the 2015 Vintage
Evan Dawson's always insightful wine writing for Palate Press often covers the Rhône and here he revisits the "old vines make better wines" marketing trope.
Like all the best fine-wine regions, South Africa can give you some things you can't get anywhere else.
“The vines are old. They are deep, and they can find water.”
If a Bonny Doon label says, "A Proper Claret," one thing you can be sure of is that it is not quite proper after all.