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That Pinot Noir, and Time Stood Still

Wine Machinery Group

It was a real bitch of day, all windy and grey and with the morning light as dull and listless as a monk’s hand-shake in Lent. This is when the Hemel-en-Aarde shows itself as the rugged, agriculturally poor and harsh farming land it is, features far removed from the post-card pretty vinelands and vinous splendour…

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Grande Provence’s clay pot triumph

There’s no denying the seductive charms of sitting in spring warmth in the pleasant courtyard garden outside the Grande Provence tasting room, Franschhoek’s mountains in the distance. But I don’t think the circumstances were the reason for my enthusiasm for the winery’s maiden Amphora 2015. It’s a marvellous wine. Amphora is mostly from old-vine Franschhoek…

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