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March 31, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day The international Prosecco boom was only easy to predict in retrospect: while it was happening it appeared to be something of a five-minute wonder, with most commentators expecting it to run out of fizz as suddenly as it appeared on the scene.…
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March 24, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day It's not a secret that South Africa's white wines enjoy a better reputation abroad than our reds. Some of this international appeal no doubt lies in their restraint, a feature which offers a better “fit” in terms of old world styles. The…
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March 17, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day Wine fashions change over the years: once acceptable flavour profiles no longer appeal in some markets – or at least in some price categories. Chief among these is the “dusty,” “green” or “herbal” notes typical of Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc), but also…
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March 10, 2017 The Constantia wine producers hit town recently, hoping no doubt to galvanise some sales interest from a retail trade shell-shocked by tanking sales and rising excise. They brought the best of their current releases, ready (presumably) to address concerns that the appellation is not living up to its potential. I was keen to attend, having…
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March 03, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day You may not have heard of a wine called Bayede! - every bottle comes with an elasticised bead bracelet fitted around the neck. You would, if you were a traditional wine buyer, either not notice it or find yourself thinking that this…
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February 24, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day It was hardly an ordinary day in the winelands. It began with an hour-long tasting and discussion with Pierre Lurton, who heads up Chateaux Cheval Blanc and d'Yquem, and has been an advisor to Morgenster for most of the estate's modern era.…
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February 17, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day Part of what constitutes brand value in the world of wine is the expectation  raised in a reasonably well-informed wine drinker by the mere mention of the name of the wine. “Tassenberg,” for example, conjures up the idea of a good value…
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February 03, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day Pinot Noir has become the gout du jour almost everywhere that fine wine is appreciated. This was not always the case, and its sudden rise in popularity is not something that could easily have been predicted 30 years ago, when Cabernet enjoyed…
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