Synopses & Reviews
Sought after by European aristocrats and a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte, the sweet wines of Constantia in the Cape Colony were considered to be among the worldand#8217;s best during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During the first democratic elections in 1994, South Africa began to re-emerge onto the international wine scene. Tim James, an expert on South African wines, takes the reader on an information-packed tour of the region, showing us how and why the unique combination of terroir and climate, together with dramatic improvements in winemaking techniques, result in wines that are once again winning accolades. James describes important grape varieties and wine stylesand#151;from delicate sparkling, to rich fortified, and everything in betweenand#151;including the varietal blends that produce some of the finest Cape wines. Anchoring his narrative in a rich historical context, James discusses all the major wine regions, from Cederberg to Walker Bay, complete with profiles of more than 150 of the countryand#8217;s finest producers.
"A hopeful and interesting read."
"South African wine has needed a book like 'Wines of the New South Africa' for some time. . . . [James] brings a fresh perspective and a critical eye to a wine region about which he clearly cares deeply. The result is that 'Wines of the New South Africa' is as complete a reference on the South African wine scene as you're likely to find, and those with an interest in learning more about South African wine will be able to spend many hours with the book."
"James writes passionately and intelligently about the wines of his homeland. . . . Wine lovers of every stripe should find 'New South Africa' interesting reading. . . . An informative reference."
"A knowledgeable discussion of South African wine for the serious connoisseur." Gerald Boyd - Wine Review Online
"We have a profound appreciation for James contribution in this detailed, comprehensive account of South African wine. Anyone planning a trip to South Africa or simply wanting to know a lot more about its wine industry is strongly encouraged to read this book." Chicago Tribune
"It was once said that Wagners music is better than it sounds. The same is true of Jamess Wines of the New South Africa." International Wine Review Blog
"This is an important book, penned with knowledge and insight at an important point in the development of the South African wine industry." Michael Fridjhon - Business Day
"[An] honest, clearly written and intense study of what has happened and is happening in the Cape. . . . One of the best reads of the year." The World of Fine Wine
"With academic precision and the enthusiasm of a true wine lover, James discusses the science, culture, and history of South Africa's most celebrated grape varietals and wine styles. Readers will come away with a clear understanding of the country's wine terroir and climate, as well as a new appreciation for South Africa's burgeoning wine industry." JancisRobinson.com
and#147;Tim James combines the necessary cool eye and warm heart as successfully as any wine writer, making him the ideal guide to the new South Africa. Critical, knowledgable, and passionate, erudite, eloquent, and lucid, he finds the gold at both ends of the rainbow, explaining the past and illuminating the present with a light but very sure touch. This is the book on South Africa for which wine lovers have been waiting.and#8221;--Neil Beckett, editor of The World of Fine Wine
"Tim James knows the Cape wine scene as well as anyone and far better than most local journalists. He brings an academic's rigour to his research, but he's a hedonist, too, reveling in the best wines. South Africa is lucky to have such a well informed advocate."--Tim Atkin MW
About the Author
Tim James is a certified Cape Wine Master and freelance wine journalist. He is the regional consultant on South Africa for The World Atlas of Wine and a taster and associate editor on the annual Platter Guide to South African Wine. In addition to his weekly column for the Mail and Guardian, his work also appears regularly in The World of Fine Wine and online at www.grape.co.za.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Wine and the New South Africa
2. A Brief History of South African Wine to 1994
3. Grape Varieties and Wine Styles
4. Wine of Origin: Legislation, Labels, and Terroir
5. Constantia and the Cape Peninsula
7. Paarl and Wellington
9. Durbanville to Darling
10. The Swartland
11. Breede River Valley
12. Walker Bay and Cape Agulhas
13. Elgin and Overberg
14. Tulbagh and Ceres
15. Olifants River, West Coast, and Cederberg
16. Klein Karoo and Adjacent Wards
Index of Wineries