The Signs of an Age-worthy Wine

Wine has the incredible ability to transform over time, evolving into a complex and nuanced beverage.  Age-worthy wines are those that improve in flavour, aroma, and texture as they mature in the bottle.  While not every wine is destined for long-term aging, certain characteristics can indicate whether a bottle has the potential to stand the […]

South African Wine

A Snapshot of Wine Grape Harvest 2024

Wine Grape Harvest is an exciting time in the winelands.  A typical day usually features an early start, earlier than the crack of dawn, and long hours of hard work between the vineyards and the cellar.  This is coupled with high stress levels coordinating teams of labourers and making important decisions on when to pick […]

De-Alcoholised Wines: Introducing Lautus Wines

The global beverage industry has witnessed a significant shift in consumer preferences towards ‘low alcohol or non-alcoholic’ drinks.  We have seen this trend take-off and the demand be successfully met in the beer and spirit categories.  It has more recently been moving into wine, with the biggest initial wins in the sparkling category.  Consumers are […]

The Sulphur Situation

Sulphur is a naturally occurring element that has been used for centuries in winemaking and grape growing. Its presence in these fields is as essential as it is controversial.  Sulphur treatments play a pivotal role in maintaining the quality and stability of wines, however they are also a subject of concern for those sensitive to […]

Bark to Bottle: The Journey of a Wine Cork

The wine cork is either overlooked or completely overthought about in a wine drinking experience.  Many people are, validly, consumed with fear that the cork may be tainted so most do not stop for a moment to consider the wonder that is a wine cork.  These days there are many different closure alternatives to natural […]

Fizzing over the Basics of Cap Classique

Cap Classique, previously known as Methodé Cap Classique, is South Africa’s term for sparkling wine,  It is made using the Traditional Method.  Most people have heard of Cap Classique, but few know the details around just how tricky, and time consuming, the winemaking process is to use this prestigious title.  To see the full picture, […]

What are Organic and Biodynamic Wines?

There is endless chatter in the market about organic and biodynamic wines.  We have all heard many a sweeping statement advocating for or against these wines (usually the arguments get louder the more vino has been consumed) but there is generally a fair amount of confusion on what exactly makes a wine organic or biodynamic. […]

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How To Taste Wine

You regularly treat yourself to some of the finest wines from South Africa, so you owe it to yourself to savour every drop.  In this article, RAKQ thought a few tips on how to taste a wine would go down well.   While all that swirling and sniffing might look flashy, snobby even, it’s all […]