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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...
De Wetshof Estate

De Wetshof Estate

        Five Dewetshof Wines obtain CVC Status Adapted from information obtained from De Wetshof Estate   De Wetshof's Wines’ Bateleur, The Site, Finesse, Limestone Hill Chardonnay, Bon Vallon Chardonnay and Riesling, have achieved Cape Vintner Classification (CVC) status. The CVC is a body aimed at elevating the image of South Africa's premier wines, and CVC status is...
De Wetshof Estate

De Wetshof Estate

Danie de Wet Signature Wine for Woolworths  Adapted from information obtained from Dewetshof Estate   Woolworths has partnered with six of the country's best wine makers to bring to life their exclusive Signature Series, with De Wetshof selected as the only Signature Series Chardonnay. This latest collaboration, Signature Series Chardonnay 2016 by Danie De Wet, spent 12...
Bon Courage Estate

Bon Courage Estate

    Inkará Range has a new look Adapted from information receievd from Bon Courage Wine Estate   Bon Courage Wine Estate’s popular Inkará Range, including the much sought-after Pinot Noir, has a new look and is now available from the Bon Courage cellar. Inkará is a limited release “terroir” driven wine exclusively produced from hand-picked grapes in specific vineyards.  ...
Zandvliet

Zandvliet

        Zandvliet Wine Estate offers consumers the opportunity to cellar purchased wine in the rediscovered Muscat tanks   Cellar your most recent investment in our rediscovered muscat tanks.   Cellaring includes Receiving, handling and documentation. Cataloguing and barcoding of full cases. All wines stored require cataloguing for precise administration and tracking. A...
RWV

RWV

              VERITAS VICTORS IMPRESS AT THE ANNUAL GALA AWARDS Robertson Wine Valley cellars score well with Double gold and Gold By Myrna Robins on behalf of Robertson Wine Valley   As the competition season for 2017 draws to a close, the formal gala dinner at the Cape Town Convention Centre saw the Veritas Awards being presented for market-ready wines and brandies.    Robertson Wine...
Rooiberg Winery

Rooiberg Winery

        Rooiberg Winery receives Award of Excellence at the Inaugural Pinotage Rosé Competition Rooiberg Winery has received an Award of Excellence from the Pinotage​ Association at the Inaugural Pinotage Rosé Competition, which forms part of the ABSA Perold Cape Blend Competition. In doing so, Rooiberg has been named one of the top three producers of Pinotage Rosé in South...
Marbrin Olives

Marbrin Olives

        Marbrin Olive Growers recognized as one of South Africa's top ten olive oil producers   Absa has recognised ten exceptional extra virgin olive oils in the Absa Top 10 Olive Oil competition and Marbrin Olive Growers were amongst the top 10.    Below is an official press release from the SA Olive Industry Association about the 2017 Absa Top 10 Olive Oil competition:   A...
RWV

RWV

          ROBERTSON VALLEY RECORDS STELLAR SUCCESS Making its mark with Michelangelo’s International awards   By Myrna Robins   The results of the 21st Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards for 2017 were announced at a glamorous function at the Tsogo Sun hotel in Cape Town on Friday September 29.     Members of Robertson Wine Valley scored substantially, amassing an...
RWV

RWV

  Wines from the Robertson Wine Valley scores highly in Tim Atkin’s 2017 South Africa Special Report By Alet du Toit   Tim Atkin, known globally as a Master of Wine (accredited by The Institute of Masters of Wine, UK) and one of the most highly esteemed wine journalists and critics in the world, released his much anticipated 2017 South Africa Special Report, now in its...
RWV

RWV

    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...
RWV

RWV

      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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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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