The Ex Animo Series

David and Jeanette Clarke of wine agents Ex Animo have a series of small batch wines which they bring to market, always striving to give credit where it?s


Musgrave Copper Brandy

According to Cape Town-based Musgrave Spirits, South Africa has seen over 400 new craft gins hit the market since the movement took off in 2016 (although

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Plaisir De Merle Sold

Plaisir de Merle, Paarl. After 45 years of corporate ownership by producer-wholesaler Distell, the Simonsberg-Paarl property Plaisir de Merle has been


Delheim Grand Reserve 2015 Vs 2017

By now, everybody should know that 2015 and 2017 are the two great vintages of recent times, at least when it comes to Stellenbosch reds and therefore a


Nederburg Private Bin Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

In an effort to simplify brand architecture, Nederburg?s top two offerings, Two Centuries and Private Bin have been consolidated into a single tier. In


Sa Wine History: Not-so-humdrum Paarl

Despite being the source of many excellent wines, observed my colleague Tim James a few weeks ago, Paarl has a rather lacklustre image. ?Perhaps the


Tim James: Karibib Vineyards And Wine Craft In The Polkadraai Hills

Early this year (remember then ? before things unrolled so weirdly?), I wrote suggesting that for South African wine this was to be the decade of


Tim James: Getting Festive With Brandy

I have it on good authority (the urgings of every supermarket I enter, for instance) that a Festive Season is nigh. A modest suggestion, then, for


Muratie Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve 2016

Wines from the 2016 vintage generally do not have the greatest reputation ? growing conditions were exceptionally hot and dry and of course, it was


Strandveld Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Yesterday, a vertical tasting from 2010 to 2020 of the Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc from Strandveld in Elim (no 2014 as not a single bottle remains).

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