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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

        TWIN TRIBUTES THAT CALL FOR A TOAST Written by Myrna Robins    A decade of vinous generosity and a centenary of caring.    One hundred years on we look back at 1918 with compassion. Europe, Britain and Commonwealth countries were still reeling from the aftermath of World War One as the Great ‘Flu pandemic swept across the globe, arriving in South Africa in September, and...
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...
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...

 

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Rooiberg’s Red Jewel

 
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The well-awarded Rooiberg Red Muscadel 2014 has clinched another award by garnering a gold medal at the 15th Muscadel SA Awards.
 
This wine excelled at the annual awards function held in Paarl, where the winners were named from 23 entries in this exclusive competition. Four platinum and four gold medals were awarded.
 
The Rooiberg Red Muscadel 2014 also boasts gold medals at the 2016 Veritas Awards, 2015 and 2016 Vitis Vinifera Awards and 2015 and 2016 Gold Wine Awards, as well as double gold at the 2016 National Wine Challenge (Top 100) and a coveted 4½ star rating (out of 5) in die 2017 Platter’s SA Wine Guide.
 
Various vintages have over the years contributed to the impressive reputation of these deep red dessert wines with their characteristic raisiny flavours and rich complexity.
 
Senior winemaker André Scriven who creates this liquid gold says, “It is important to harvest the grapes at the right moment to capture as much flavour as possible, but at the same time ensuring that they are not over-ripe.”
 
“The Red Muscadel grapes are pressed at a high sugar level to ensure full sweetness and capture the delightful raisiny flavours in the end-product. The grapes are brought to the cellar in one batch and are kept chilled in a rototank for optimum colour extraction and flavour.”
 
“No fermentation takes place in the production of red muscadel and the juice is separated from the skins after two days. The juice is then fortified by the addition of 96% A/V wine spirit to reach an alcohol level of 6 -16.5%.  Continuous stirring of the juice then takes place in order to integrate the juice and alcohol as soon as possible. The wine is then stabilised and filtered and kept in a stainless steel tank until bottling.”
 
Scriven emphasises that no fermentation whatsoever should be allowed. “The grapes are carefully monitored for two days after harvest. Yes, this could give a winemaker sleepless nights. But recognition like this makes it all worthwhile.”
 
“We are proud to help promote the image of this often neglected category by means of the Muscadel SA Awards,” said Scriven.
 
For more information, call André Scriven, Rooiberg Winery (023) 6261663 or visit www.rooiberg.co.za.
 
 

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