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New World Wine Maker

Fermenting Sauvignon blanc on full lees…

There is always a major lesson (or many) to be learnt in each harvest. A few years ago after planning space, bottling etc., I was convinced we had enough space at a cellar where I consult to take in t…

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Winemaking in the Rheinland-Pfalz

“Don’t make a big monkey dance about choosing a yeast, just decide if you want esters or thiols!” This is one of the more memorable sentences that was uttered by Christoph Hammel during my recen…

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Sauvignon blanc production – Flagstone winery

Gerhard Swart, Flagstone’s winemaker, is no stranger to awards. His Free Run Sauvignon blanc has consistently received high accolades over the past years and this comes as no surprise considering th…

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Novel Nouvelle

Nouvelle is a South African grape variety developed through hybridisation in the seventies sometime, by the late Professor Chris Orffer. The process was not conducted very scientifically and for years…

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Yeasts to blame for wines tasting the same

This is a favourite claim of the so-called “natural” or “non-interventionist” winemaking movement. One of the reasons why they claim it is better to do natural fermentation instead of using co…

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And now for something completely different – S. blanc part 4

This blog entry concludes my feature on what yeasts are used for Sauvignon blanc fermentations. For the “grande finalé” I decided to move abroad and focus on the German Sauvign…

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