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    Robertson Wine Valley wines excel at the 2017 Vitis Vinifera Awards By Alet du Toit     The Robertson Wine Valley have been showing off their Midas touch at this year’s Vitis Vinifera Awards, obtaining an impressive nineteen Gold Awards for their outstanding wines.   The annual Vitis Vinifera Awards, now running in its fifth year, ran over two days and comprised of a...
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      Robertson Wine Valley toasts to success at the 2017 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge By Alet du Toit   The recently released results of the prestigious Amorim Cap Classique Challenge, has got the Robertson Wine Valley bubbling with pride. The Robertson Wine Valley deservedly walked away with a class winner in the Museum Class, two Gold Awards and nine Silver Awards. The...
Graham Beck

Graham Beck

    Graham Beck’s Cuvée Clive selected by Tim Atkin as his Sparkling Wine of the Year By Graham Beck Wines   We are delighted to announce that the Cuvée Clive 2011 was selected as Overall Sparkling Wine of the Year (97 points) by Tim Atkin, award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine, in his South Africa 2017 Special Report.   This well respected comprehensive...
SA Olive Awards

SA Olive Awards

        Marbrin Olive Growers excelled at the SA Olive Awards - The 2017 Harvest Champions, obtaining the below results:   Gold Marbrin Farm Mabrin Olive Growers Directors Reserve EVOO Intense Silver Marbrin Farm Marbrin Olive Growers Delicate EVOO Delicate       Below is an official press release from the SA Olive Industry Association about this year's awards: SA Olive Awards -...
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      And the Pon van Zyl award goes to.... By Beatrix Galloway The Pon van Zyl trophy has a rich history and also handed over at this prestige awards ceremony. In 1941, Giepie Rossouw and Alwyn Bruwer convinced a number of other Robertson Valley growers to form a winery in which all families would own a share. Pon van Zyl served as Robertson Winery’s first winemaker and took...
ROSÉ ROCKS

ROSÉ ROCKS

            ROBERTSON WINE VALLEY RISES AT ROSÉ ROCKS   Three of Robertson Wine Valley producers had double the fun at this year’s Rosé Rocks competition, each scooping Double Golds for their respective entries.   By Alet du Toit   This annual, highly anticipated competition has become an icon in the South African wine industry and is South Africa’s first dedicated Rosé wine...
Gold Wine Awards

Gold Wine Awards

      Robertson Wine Valley strikes it rich with the Gold Awards   Seven  Wine Valley cellars amass a glittering array of awards By Myrna Robins   In this professionally organised competition excellent wines selling at less than R110 a 750ml bottle are identified, judged and those delivering fine quality within the price limit  are rewarded. Along with the prestige gained by...
Bonnievale Wines

Bonnievale Wines

Bonnievale Wines Welcomes Two New Winemakers By Bonnievale Wines    Bonnievale Wines have appointment two new, talented winemakers onto their team - Jean Slabber and Izak de Vries. Slabber obtained his BSC Agri - Degree at the university of Stellenbosch in 2012 and joined Arabella wines as an assistant winemaker. Slabber was previously employed at Montagu Winery until...
Rietvallei Estate

Rietvallei Estate

Rietvallei Releases Two New Signature Estate wines   By Rietvallei Estate   Rietvallei is thrilled to announce that two of its signature estate wines are now available in their respective new vintages.   The Rietvallei Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is excitingly fruity, the nose reveals passion fruit and grapefruit, freshly cut grass and a touch of capsicum. This wine pairs...
Mont Blois

Mont Blois

Langeberg Legend Updated with Inspiring Wines     By Myrna Robins   Just when I thought I was getting to know most corners of the fair Breede  River valley, I discover another vista as a mountainous green landscape unfolds before me, timeless, beautiful and secluded.   This makes the setting for a tasting of world-class wines on an historic Robertson farm. Created by a...
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RWV

SOMMELIERS’ SELECTION RESULTS IN SWEET SUCCESS   RWV winners target wine lovers in new and innovative ways By Myrna Robins on behalf of Robertson Wine Valley   The results of the third Sommeliers’ Selection competition have been announced and we raise our glasses to the Robertson Wine Valley cellars which notched up wins in this unique contest.   In this competition, judged...
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TERROIR TRIUMPHS: RECOGNITION FOR ROBERTSON WINE VALLEY CELLARS         Celebrating a national winner and eight district Top Wines By Myrna Robins on behalf of Robertson Wine Valley   The Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, now in their 12th year, have grown to become a competition that is keenly contested. More than 320 wines were entered this year to be judged on how well they...
Ashton Winery

Ashton Winery

Ashton Winery Launches First Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Ashton Winery launched their first ever sparkling Sauvignon Blanc in June this year. The Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is made from carefully selected grapes harvested in the early morning to preserve as much flavour and colour as possible. This elegant sparkling wine bursts with tropical fruit flavours and a...
Springfield Estate

Springfield Estate

2017 vintage of Life from Stone finally available       By Springfield Wines Estate   After being sold out for a a brief yet terrifying (if you ask us) month, we are finally ready to share this phenomenal vintage of our iconic Sauvignon Blanc with you. This vintage of Life from Stone is bursting with passion fruit and is a true teaser of the summer to come.   Many of you...
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A toast to a new chapter for Robertson Wine Valley By Alet du Toit.   Peter de Wet, Excelsior Estate, was elected as Chairman of the Robertson Wine Valley Board along with Johann de Wet, De Wetshof Estate, to serve as Vice-Chairman. These two industry giants in the Robertson Wine Valley are raring to help guide the valley to a fruitful future.   Peter is the owner of...

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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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