Well-crafted examples deliver relatively instant gratification and sell for R100 a bottle or less, writes Michael Fridjhon THERE are countless good wines produced in the Cape. I’m not talking about show-stoppers made to justify extortionate pricing and to collect awards as part of their marketing strategy — though there’s no shortage of these either. I’m speaking about well-crafted "handmade" examples delivering relatively instant gratification and selling for R100 a bottle or less. These are a step up on commercial wines produced on an industrial scale and which deliver perfectly acceptable drinking, but are otherwise unremarkable except for their place on the price-quality nexus.They are not the so-called "second labels" which come to market from the overstocked wineries producing high-profile trophy wines, and which need to "massage" supplies to balance robust price expectations with less than robust demand. They are simply the sensibly priced and honestly made artefacts of an in...

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