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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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RWV

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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RWV

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...

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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