This is my seventh report about South African wine. It is by far the longest I have published, based on a lot of tasting, travelling and hard work. Why do I put in the long hours, including a three-week trip in the depths of the Cape winter?
The answer is because the wines, the places and especially the people inspire me. There’s something happening in South Africa that is unique in the wine world. Call it energy, call it creativity, call it optimism, call it all three. But it’s apparent to anyone who visits the Cape.