Can South African wines age?

14 May sunset S Africa

14 August 2023 See Richard Kelley MW's interesting elucidation of a description of Eben Sadie's Sequillo added to the end of this article.

7 August 2023 South Africa was making reds that last as early as the 1970s, even earlier in some cases. Though reds from the 1980s are generally to be avoided.

It’s apparently a 20-year-old tradition of the Trophy Wine Show that the night before the three days of judging begins organiser Michael Fridjhon, South Africa’s most prominent wine writer, hosts a tasting of particularly mature wines for the judges. I was one of those this year. You...