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Why I’m making South African Shiraz this year

2 years ago threadsandvino 0
South African Shiraz is an under rated wine in the US. It is deep ruby in color with vibrant red fruit, baking spice notes, rounding out with notes of anise and black pepper. It is a complex wine with many layers of flavor. Unfortunately, there are not many distributed in the United States, so it’s Read More

Winemaker Interview: Grettchen van der Merwe of South Africa

2 years ago threadsandvino 0
This week I was lucky enough to meet Grettchen van der Merwe. Grettchen is a winemaker and viticulturist from South African who exports wine grapes to the US for home winemakers and wineries. She studied at the University of Stellenbosch to become an oenologist and has worked in the wine industry for over 10 years. Read More

Newest Article for WinemakerMag: Making Wine from Pinotage Grapes

3 years ago threadsandvino 0
Feeling so humbled that Winemaker Mag featured another article of mine in their magazine. Winemaker Mag has been my bible when it comes to home winemaking. Make sure to subscribe to their list for great home winemaking tips. Also, click HERE to read the full article about how make wine with Pinotage grapes! Cheers! Read More

Pinotage Update

4 years ago threadsandvino 0
We pressed the South African Pinotage and are very happy with the results. The starting numbers were: Brix = 25  (no adjustment required) Starting pH = 3.91 Starting TA = .62 Added 1.5gm tartaric acid per liter ​Final numbers were pH = 3.50 and TA = 0.75 The skins were very chewy and thick. We cold soaked Read More

The Pinotage Grapes Have Arrived!

4 years ago threadsandvino 0
  The ‪Pinotage‬ has arrived!! The berries taste very sweet with good seed and pulp development. We got Brix readings of 23-24.5, .48 TA, and 3.86pH We will need to do a few adjustments but the berries look great and we are looking forward to the crush! I am still deciding which yeast to use Read More

2016 HARVEST OUTLOOK FOR SOUTH AFRICA

4 years ago threadsandvino 0
2016 HARVEST OUTLOOK FOR SOUTH AFRICA The Breede River Valley is surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and is nestled between the Simonsberg and Drakenstien mountains.  Because of this unique topography, cool air from the oceans flows through the valley creating small, cooler micro-climates.  Farmers are able to use the Breede River to irrigate Read More