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Bonnievale Wines

Bonnievale Wines

  BONNIEVALE WINES APPOINTS CARINA GOUS AS STRATEGIC ADVISOR  By Bonnievale Wines Bonnievale Wines has concluded a turn-key agreement with respected wine industry specialist Carina Gous who has taken up an advisory role as the company gears up for an exciting new phase of growth.   Until recently Gous was the global brand director for Distell’s portfolio of premium wine and...
Robertson Winery

Robertson Winery

  Introducing FAT bastard's new blushing member of the pod By Robertson WineryFAT bastard, the well - loved, delicious, full - bodied range of wines, has a new ‘blushing’ bastard: the gorgeous salmon pink FAT bastard Pinor Noir Rosé 2017, dry yet smooth and creamy and bursting with fruit - same wine with same large taste as before, but a brand - new look with a...
A New Cork and an Historical Day on De Wetshof Estate

A New Cork and an Historical Day on De Wetshof Estate

      A New Cork and an Historical Day on De Wetshof Estate By Amorim Cork South Africa None of those who were in the De Wetshof winery on Monday 12 March will forget it. Not one. The occasion was a session of re-corking of vintage wines, something Amorim has been doing since the end of last year and which has been extensively written about. De Wetshof, the pioneering...
Chardonnay du Monde

Chardonnay du Monde

      Robertson Wine Valley tastes success at Chardonnay Du Monde 2018 By Alet du Toit Wine producers from the Robertson Wine Valley route kicked off 2018 with astronomical success raking in four of the seven silver medals awarded to South African producers at the 25th annual Chardonnay Du Monde awards. Bon Courage Estate continues to impress on the international stage by...
De Wetshof Estate

De Wetshof Estate

De Wetshof Predicts Healthy Harvest Despite Relentless Drought Source: Drinksfeed.com   It is hot, it is dry, but the Chardonnay harvest of 2018 on De Wetshof Estate has delivered a grape crop in excellent health despite the yield being some 10% lower than average. “We expected a lower yield seeing as this is our fourth dry season in a row, and definitely the driest I...
Wacky Wine Weekend

Wacky Wine Weekend

SAVOUR 15 YEARS OF GREATNESS The famed Wacky Wine Weekend takes place from 31 May to 3 June 2018. This well–established event has become a wine institution in the social calendars of people across the country, attracting wine connoisseurs, novices and families & friends alike travelling far and wide to “taste the lifestyle”.   2018 marks Wacky Wine Weekend’s 15th...
Springfield Estate

Springfield Estate

      Springfield Estate - Vegan Friendly Wines In this day and age, we are all becoming increasingly aware of how our lifestyle and the consumption that goes with it affects the world around us.   Global warming, once just an abstract threat, is now a major concern, and as humans with the ability and privilege to make informed decisions, we should do everything in our...
Graham Beck

Graham Beck

Turning Water Into Wine By Graham Howe   Thirsty conversation at recent tastings is as much about water as wine.   At a benchmark tasting of the proprietor’s collection wines in the Graham Beck stable at the Silo Hotel at the V&A Waterfront like the ancient mariner we could see water, water everywhere out in Table Bay but not a drop to drink. (A surfeit of fine wine...
Zandvliet

Zandvliet

    Zandvliet Estate presents "A Pocketful of Inspiration" By Zandvliet Estate   From 17 March, Zandvliet Estate will showcase the works of artist Marina Blight in their underground Muscat Tanks. Come and view this exciting exhibition, titled, "A Pocketful of Inspiration" at their Kalkveld Lounge between the hours of 10:00 and 17:00 (Mon – Fri as well as Public Holidays).     ABOUT MARINA...
Thunderchild

Thunderchild

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Graham Beck

Graham Beck

  All systems go for Harvest 2018 at Graham Beck By Graham Beck    Our team is already knee deep and up to their elbows in Harvest 2018. This is not only the most frenetic time of the year, but also the most thrilling, and, at times, hair-raising!   As is Graham Beck tradition, the annual start of harvest is celebrated at our Robertson cellar with much fanfare, jollity and...
Vinpro

Vinpro

Nuwe momentum vir wyntoerisme Uitgereik deur VinPro     ’n Memorandum van Verstandhouding tussen Vinpro en Wesgro sal nuwe momentum aan wyntoerisme in Suid-Afrika verleen met ’n nuwe en opwindende vennootskap.   Saam met die aanstelling van ’n nuwe Vinpro wyntoerismebestuurder, Marisah Nieuwoudt, in Januarie, maak die Memorandum van Verstandhouding tussen die SA...
Melozhori

Melozhori

Memorable experiences in the wildlife and the veldt with Melozhori Private Game Reserve By Melozhori Private Game Reserve   At Melozhori Private Game Reserve we offer day visitors Game drives at their leisure under the expert guidance of our guides who'll share their vast knowledge of the wildlife and environment with you. If you're experienced on horse back,...
Weltevrede

Weltevrede

  The Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurial School opens its doors Adapted from information obtained from Weltevrede Wine Estate   A vision was dropped in the hearts of the people from Bonnievale.  Philip Jonker, owner at Weltevrede Wine Estate subsequently formed the JGE Funding Trust to pursue the vision to heal their community by creating the Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurial...
Springfield Estate

Springfield Estate

        Springfield Estate’s use of natural yeast By Springfield Estate   We are often told that life is about the journey, not the destination. We are told that we grow from the challenges we face along the way, and come out wiser and more complex at the other end. A winemaker faces this truth in the cellar every day. Here at Springfield, we take the hard road with nearly...

 

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De Wetshof Estate introduces its first premium blended red wine

De Wetshof Estate, South Africa’s renowned and pioneering Chardonnay producer, recently introduced its first premium blended red wine. In so doing the estate has also paid tribute to one of the most influential architects in the history of the Cape, whose classical style has left an enduring legacy on local architecture.
 
The wine – Thibault 2009 – consists mainly of Merlot with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon and is named after Louis Michel Thibault, the famous French architect who designed many of the magnificent Cape buildings during the 18th and 19th century. The De Wetshof Estate’s main building is based on Thibault’s famous Koopmans-De Wet House in Cape Town, while the winery’s design is also modelled on one of the architect’s drawings.
 
According to De Wetshof winemaker Peter de Wet, the inspiration for this Bordeaux-style wine was combining two of the world’s great classical red cultivars in order to create a truly elegant, yet powerful wine with individuality.
 
“The soil, sunshine, and aspect of De Wetshof allow the wine to exhibit a freshness, bright red fruit and a delicate plushness,” says de Wet, who has accumulated extensive experience from winemaking stints in Bordeaux and the US Napa Valley.
 
“Typical Merlot and Cabernet characteristics lie at the core of this wine. Intense dark berries, bittersweet chocolate en pencil shavings abound, while palate weight, depth of presence and a lingering finish further enhance the drinking experience.”
 
The grapes are picked early, in the cool morning hours, with the emphasis on capturing powerful fruit at a full-ripe stage when developed flavours of pure dark berry fruit prevail alongside soft and juicy tannins. These are the characteristics needed to create a wine with structure, elegance and depth.
 
After destemming, the grapes are cooled down and moved to a tank for a few days of cold soaking on the skins before fermentation starts. The wine ferments dry on the skins, after which the young wines are racked and pressed. It is then moved into French oak barrels which have been personally selected by the French cooper Christian Radoux. The fine French oak enhances the fresh fruity aromas and flavours as the wines go through malolactic fermentation.
 
After malolactic fermentation the wines are racked off the lees into fresh barrels for further maturation and complexity. Finally, about 18 months after harvest, the different wine components are blended together and prepared for bottling.
 
Marketing manager Johann de Wet explains that the Thibault was an inevitable addition to the De Wetshof wine portfolio. “De Wetshof’s heritage and reputation have been built on Chardonnay, and we will always remain a foremost producer of this cultivar. However, this does not mean that we can neglect the other gems on our farm, and the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard blocks have yielded fruit of outstanding quality in the last few years.
 
Such quality truly warrants the special treatment and care reserved for the production of a premium red blend. We are confident that the Thibault will prove a welcome addition to South Africa’s spectrum of quality Bordeaux-style blends.”
 
The Thibault 2009 retails for R250.

Source: http://www.raats.co.za

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