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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

        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...

 

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RED, WHITE, SPARKLING AND STILL – ROBERTSON SHINES ACROSS THE BOARD

By Myrna Robins

Top100

Cellars in the Robertson Wine region produced a total of 15 winners in the 2017 National Wine Challenge. 
 
The results of the National Wine Challenge and the Top 100 SA wines were released recently, with a motor showroom in Cape Town  as the chosen venue. More than 500 wines were entered, with chardonnay being the most prominent varietal in the white Top 100 winners and shiraz taking the lead in the red wines. 
 
Four Robertson Wine Valley cellars scooped  awards both in the Top 100, which are the Double Platinum winners, as well as being receiving recognition in the shiraz, cinsaut and cabernet sauvignon categories, and attracting double silver in shiraz, cab franc and sauvignon blanc classes. 
 
De Wetshof estate’s The Site Chardonnay 2015, not only made it to the Top 100 but is the winner of the Grand Cru award for Best in Class. The estate’s two unwooded Chardonnays, Bon Vallon and Limestone Hill both won Double Gold for the 2016 vintage. 
 
De Wetshof CEO Johann de Wet remarked: “With its stringent judging process the SA Top 100 list affords recognition of which any successful producer can feel justifiably proud... As its name implies, The Site is a wine with an address, showing a fingerprint of site-specificity which is a non-negotiable aspect of all De Wetshof’s chardonnays. The Top 100 Award also underscores the Robertson Wine Region’s ability to make world-class chardonnay.” 
 
Two of Graham Beck Wines’ illustrious MCC’s reached Double Platinum scores, and are therefore in the Top 100 wines . The Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2012 and their Brut Rosé 2011 are the winners, while their Cuvée Clive Cap Classique 2011 attracted Double Gold.
 
Graham Beck winemaker Pierre de Klerk summed up their achievement as follows: “We are immensely proud of this achievement – receiving two Double Platinum/Top 100 wines as well as Double Gold means we’re undoubtedly on the right track in our pursuit of the perfect bubble. Graham Beck has shown that it truly is a leader in the field when it comes to producing bubblies that raise the bar in terms of quality, consistency, elegance and versatility”.
 
First time entrant Lord’s Wines has every reason to celebrate its hat trick of awards, with their MCC Brut Rosé making it into the Double Platinum/Top 100 status and their Three Barrel shiraz 2012 attracting Double Gold. Lord’s shiraz 2015 was recognised with Double Sliver.
 
Owner Jacie Oosthuizen praised the team’s commitment, loyalty and hard work, while winemaker Alwyn Liebenberg summed up the wines as “an absolute fantastic result for us”. Partner Melané Oosthuizen added: As a young winery in the McGregor valley, high up on the northern slopes, we strive to create elegant wines and this recognition is both humbling and exciting for our team.” 
 
Rietvallei Estate, one of the region’s oldest wine estates has seen the Burger family celebrate success for no less than six of their wines.   The Rietvallei cinsaut 2015, JMB chardonnay and Rietvallei cabernet sauvignon, all 2015 vintage, were awarded Double Gold, while the JMB Cabernet Franc 2014, the Rietvallei Estanna Red 2013 and the Rietvallei Sauvignon Blanc 2016 all attracted Double Silver awards. 
 
Said cellarmaster Kobus Burger: "It’s fantastic when recognition is given to one’s hard work. Our team has put huge effort into making world class wines over many years and to have so many of our wines represented in the 2017 NWC is a great compliment to the fact."
 

 

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