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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Darling Cellars Reserve Six Tonner Darling Merlot 2010 86 Points


Darling Cellars Reserve Six Tonner Darling Merlot 2010 86 Points

www.darlingcellars.co.za

Clear, bright, ruby red with slight brown rim.

Clean, high intensity, lifted aromatics, ripe plums, black cherries, blackcurrant, good purity of fruit, almond milk, earthy with hints of sandy / granite minerals, subtle oaking, lending light cedar note, graphite, layered and complex.

Dry, fresh, elegant structure, leaning towards a lean athletic profile, crunchy medium tannins, medium acidity, high alcohol though (14%), savory, dark red fruit follows through, medium length and medium complexity.

Now until 2017

Well made, honest style, 100% Darling Wine of Origin, very well price at less than R 40 trade.

This is dry land farming as bush vines occupies 95% of the total vineyard area.


Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 87+ Points


Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 87+ Points

www.neilellis.com

Clear, bright, cherry red with slight garnet hue, color showing evolution.

Clean, high intensity, blackcurrant, cassis, ripe blueberries, dark earthy note, spicy red peppers, generous oaking lending toast, vanilla and cedar wood.

Dry with moderate plus acidity, high alcohol (14% - chest warming) crunchy medium plus tannins, savory, fresh and elegant, ripe black red fruits concentration, svelte structure, medium plus complexity, medium plus length.

Now until 2018


New Simonsig Adelberg duo embraces the art of living


New Simonsig Adelberg duo embraces the art of living
www.simonsig.co.za
The Malan family of the legendary Simonsig Wine Estate has launched a new, easy drinking Adelberg duo in celebration of the art of living, tailor made for wine lovers who know how to enjoy life to the full.

The maiden Adelberg Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect foil for Simonsig’s ever popular Adelberg Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, and completes this accessible range of quality wines at an affordable price, perfect for sharing and creating memorable moments.

This new modish red and white duo, Simonsig Adelberg Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 and Simonsig Adelberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011, flaunts a classy, clean and striking pose with its colourful, funky art inspired label, offering wine lovers the choice of a refreshing white and accessible, uncomplicated red.

“Our Adelberg range is made with the same passion and dedication as all our wines at Simonsig but in a more easy drinking style to inspire people who prefer wines with delectable, upfront flavours that express the art of living and that will enliven social get togethers with friends,” says Simonsig cellarmaster Johan Malan.

Simonsig Adelberg Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 presents a youthful expression of red berry fruit which complements the vibrant notes of cherry tobacco, while the smooth integrated tannins gently polish the palate lending super quaffer status to this everyday wine. The perfect choice for favourites such as pizza, spaghetti bolognaise and gourmet beef burgers, this eminently drinkable wine also pairs well with decadent dark chocolate.

Simonsig Adelberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 teems with refreshing fruit and tropical aromas and spoils the palate with intense peach flavours and hints of kiwi. Its crisp acidity makes this wine well balanced and versatile enough to enjoy on any occasion. Adelberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 pairs very well with seafood such as sushi and mussels as well as salads and chicken dishes.

Both of these great value wines come with a pleasing price tag with the Simonsig Adelberg Sauvignon Blanc selling from R 37,99 and the Simonsig Adelberg Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot available from R 44,99 per bottle at leading wine outlets nationwide.

For more information contact the Simonsig Estate at Tel: (+27)21 888 4915.


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Contact person: Johlene Verwey                                                Contact person: Bessie Otto
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Singular food and wine experience at Holden Manz in Franschhoek

Singular food and wine experience at Holden Manz in Franschhoek
www.holdenmanz.com


Taste the wide range of Holden Manz wines and experience the magic of food and wine pairing at this magnificent boutique wine estate nestled between two rivers with majestic views of the Franschhoek mountains. With Karl Lambour and Schalk Opperman heading the winemaking team, there are great things happening on the Holden Manz wine front this year.

Visitors to the cellar looking for a more elaborate tasting experience can now indulge in a singular food and wine pairing of five Holden Manz wines with an array of tasty morsels carefully selected to bring out the subtle nuances of each wine.

The spicy and creamy elements of mozzarella and red pepper meld beautifully with the delicate floral tones and hints of cherry in the delightfully fleshy yet dry Rosé crafted of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in the French Anjou-style.

The 2010 Holden Manz Merlot has been partnered with rich orange and honey duck, a luxurious match for the sweet fruit character of this ultra-smooth, sensual wine.

Beetroot risotto and duck prosciutto are the perfect foil for the 2008 Holden Manz Shiraz.
The quietly sweet and savoury tones supported by the subtle saltiness of the cured duck work wonders with this hearty Shiraz.

For the Holden Manz award winning flagship, the 2009 Big G, a gold medal winner at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards, nothing but the finest sirloin will do. Served on a crouton with roasted tomatoes, this combination complements this rich Bordeaux-style blend perfectly.

The tasting culminates with the estate’s full-bodied Port-style wine, the 2009 Holden Manz Good Sport Cape Vintage crafted solely from Shiraz grapes. Paired with Chef Bjorn Dingemans’ decadent chocolate tart, this is a glorious end to a singular tasting experience.

These pairings are also offered as a five course meal with full portion sizes at the Franschhoek Kitchen situated above the cellar, where Chef Bjorn, who has cooked alongside some of the finest chefs in London before joining Holden Manz, plies his culinary craft.                                                                                                                      

The food and wine pairing experience in the tasting room for a flight of five Holden Manz wines costs R95 per head. Visitors with a larger appetite may prefer the full tasting menu on offer in the restaurant at R395 per person including a glass of wine per course.

The Holden Manz tasting room is open daily from 10h00 to 17h00. Booking is advised for the special food and wine pairings. Call 021-8762729, email wayne@holdenmanz.com or visit www.holdenmanz.com. To reach Holden Manz, turn right at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek and follow the signs for two kilometres.

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On behalf of:                            Holden Manz Wine Estate          Contact: Karl Lambour
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J.C. Le Roux and GoodLuck bring you “Le Good Life” J.C. Le Roux and GoodLuck bring you “Le Good Life”


 J.C. Le Roux and GoodLuck bring you “Le Good Life”

www.jcleroux.co.za


Get the latest unreleased track from South Africa’s No.1 hit sensation GoodLuck when you buy a bottle of J.C. Le Roux in selected stores during March and April.

Cape Town based production duo Juliet Harding and Ben Peters have been captivating crowds around the world with their distinctive brand of electro swing, which combines jazz and dance influences into one exciting and energetic package.

GoodLuck’s new single, appropriately entitled “Le Good Life”, has been produced in collaboration with J.C. Le Roux, and is a swinging celebration of joy, leisure and luxury; in short, all the things that make life good.

J.C. Le Roux is giving you the chance to get this exclusive, as yet, unreleased single by SMSing the unique code printed on J.C. Le Roux neck tags in participating stores or liking J.C. Le Roux’s Le Good Life page on Facebook. Selected bottles will also have a stylish limited edition flash drive attached, containing a link to the download page.

So get downloading, SMSing and enjoy the latest GoodLuck track while sipping on a glass of J.C. Le Roux, because there is no better way to enjoy Le Good Life.

Please see press release attached and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpwSnr4wBks&feature=youtu.be

For more information, visit www.jcleroux.co.za  or www.facebook.com/HouseofJCLeRoux.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

FAIRTRADE CELEBRATION WITH ARNO CARSTENS AT BOSMAN LONG LUNCH FAIRTRADE CELEBRATION WITH ARNO CARSTENS AT BOSMAN LONG LUNCH


FAIRTRADE CELEBRATION WITH ARNO CARSTENS AT BOSMAN LONG LUNCH

www.bosmanwines.com


Bosman Family Vineyards promises a Celebration in Fairtrade set to the mellow acoustic performances by leading SA performer Arno Carstens at their Long Lunch during the annual Wellington Harvest Festival on 17 & 18 March 2012.

Kick off your working shoes and enjoy a leisurely, festive summer lunch set against the backdrop of elegant Cape Dutch buildings, spreading oaks and soaring mountains.

This 8th generation family winery is partnering with Fairtrade Label South Africa (www.FairtradeSA.org.za) and significant South African Fairtrade producers during this year's Wellington Harvest Festival in order to give South Africans a glimpse into the world of Fairtrade.

Fairtrade is a trading partnership, based on a progressive set of social and environmental criteria and seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by allocating part of the price for this cause.

Enjoy live performances by Arno Carstens daily between 12h00 and 15h00.  Other entertainment includes the beautiful harmonies of the Bosman Farming Choir, a chance to play the ancient game of boules, guided cellar tours and an antique tractor display.  A supervised kiddies area is also available.

The Bosman family invites you to a feast of country food to be enjoyed with their boutique-style wines in the captivating Bovlei Valley of Wellington.  Enjoy delicious food to order from a menu prepared by Marc’s Restaurant and wines available per bottle or glass from Bosman Family Vineyards.

Sip away on ice cold rosé made from 33 grape varieties, the Mont Bay Sauvignon Blanc from our De Bos vineyards near Hermanus and the Sur Lie Chenin Blanc ‒ a gem made from our Lelienfontein Chenin Blanc grapes.

Bosman Family Vineyards will be joining hands with Pebbles, an NGO actively involved in the communities of the wine growing regions within the South African Wine industry. A percentage of the Long Lunch proceeds will go towards supporting this Cape winelands charity.

LONG LUNCH DETAILS
Starts:                  17 March 2012 from 10h00 - 17h00
Ends:                   18 March 2012 from 10h00 - 17h00
Cost:                   R80 (includes entrance pass to the Wellington Harvest Festival and                                    tasting glass only)
Space:                400 people per day
Location:             Lelienfontein, Wellington
Reservations:      None - first come first serve basis

NOTE:  An R80pp Wellington Harvest Festival entry pass allows you entrance to the venue, access to all entertainment, cellar tours and a complementary tasting glass.  The Long Lunch and wine costs are separate and will be determined by the menu available on the day of the event.

Buy your ticket at the gate or Computicket website or outlet.        

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact:          Antonia Bosman
Phone:            +27 21 873-3170
E-mail:             antonia@bosmanwines.com
Website:          www.bosmanwines.com

‒ end of press release ‒

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Neil Büchner  |  Bosman Family Vineyards   |  Tel: (021) 873 3170  |  Mobile: (0)84 602 8066 |
E-mail: neil@bosmanwines.com | Website: www.bosmanwines.com
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Chefs of Distinction Dinner 1st March 2012 at Punchinello's Restaurant, Southern Sun Montecasino with Chef Stacey Chan



Chefs of Distinction Dinner 1st March 2012 at Punchinello's Restaurant, Southern Sun Montecasino with Chef Stacey Chan



An evening with
Chef Gerard Vingerling

“An Award-Winning Occasion”

With Internationally Acclaimed Chef Stacey Chan and
Renowned Wine Sommelier Miguel Chan

Featuring a Four Course Gourmet Evening accompanied by
Double Gold and Gold Medal Winning Veritas Wines

Presented by Bennie Howard Vice-Chairman of Veritas

Stacey and Miguel Chan

Stacey and Miguel Chan are quite a unique couple, between them they have the perfect talents to enjoy the best of food and wine, Stacey holds a Cordon Bleu Grande Diploma from Silwood kitchens and Miguel is the distinguished group wine sommelier for Southern Sun hotels. 

They are both renowned for their wonderful talents and commitment to the industry and have between them received many awards and accolades.

Stacey is currently regarded as the best junior chef in the world having won the prestigious worldwide Chaine des Rotisseurs competition held in Helsinki last year. 

Miguel is a renowned wine judge and has developed many training programs to encourage and develop young sommelier’s within South Africa.

Veritas, the ‘Oscars’ of wine competitions, celebrates two decades as South Africa’s leading and most respected competition for quality market ready wines this year. Twenty one years has seen the Veritas emblem become a mark of approval to be coveted by wine makers and for wine enthusiasts it is a seal of quality to trust.

The revered double gold, gold, silver and bronze symbol on the winning wines and brandies not only gives cellar masters, wine makers, brandy masters and viticulturists a much appreciated pat on the back, it also smoothes the decision making process for the consumer but seeing a Veritas emblem on a bottle is a sure indication of the quality. 

The Veritas Awards takes pride in the strict and unbiased judging process which is based on international principles. Five well known judging experts complimented the team of local tasters.

Out of 1 739 entries for VERITAS in 2011 only 42 supreme wines and brandies can now wear the coveted double gold symbol of top quality and 158 wines and brandies have been awarded gold status. 

The KWV excelled at the 21st Veritas Awards to be the top achiever with five double gold and nine gold medals.

Chenin on the rise!


Chenin on the rise!


Chenin Blanc from South Africa is approaching a “tipping point”, according to one of the variety’s biggest pioneers, Ken Forrester.

Paul Cluver Estate Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2010 90 Points

Paul Cluver Estate Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2010 90 Points

http://www.cluver.com/

Clear, day bright, pale gold with green reflections.

Clean, medium plus intensity, unshowy aromatics, subtle, notes of fleshy, delicately ripe white nectarines, yellow lemon, hints of Golden Delicious apples, brush of ripe pears, flinty/quartz mineral, no oak, complex and layered.

Dry, medium plus integrated acidity, medium plus alcohol, broad and full texture, oily with mid palate stuffing, mineral complexity, so fresh, spicy white pepper, punchy white grapefruit note on back palate, forceful style, yet retained elegance overall.

Now until 2020, especially considering the longevity of past vintages.

Lemberg Tulbagh Sauvignon Blanc 2011 77+ Points

Lemberg Tulbagh Sauvignon Blanc 2011 77+ Points


Clear, day bright, watery white with slight green and yellow reflections.

Clean, medium plus intensity, tropical fruit, guava, green unripe apples, lime, green banana, grassy, herbaceous, green pepper and greengage, some minerality, no oak.

Dry, light bodied, low alcohol (12% abv), low acidity, no wood, crunchy, green note, fresh, elegant, uncomplicated, fruit, simple, low plus complexity.

A good example of a hot climate Sauvignon Blanc.

Total production of 850 cases

Lemberg Tulbagh Pinotage 2010 83 Points

Lemberg Tulbagh Pinotage 2010 83 Points


Clear, bright, ruby red with puirple rim.

Clean, initially very reductive, with aeration reveals a medium plus intensity with leesy complexity, properly brun off after 90 minutes in decanter.

Ripe plums, dark cherries, cranberry, earthy note, hints of varnish, delicately oaked, probably older oak, spicy cinnamon, cloves, camphor and incense stick.

Dry, the very high alcohol ( 14.5%) lends some sweetness, full bodied, fresh, medium acidity, savoury black olives, saturated ripe plums, raisin note, hints of dark chocolate, medium tannin, medium lenght.
Now until 2018.

3000 bottles produced - 12 months in French barrels (225 & 300 L)

Paul Cluver Estate Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2000 92+ Points

Paul Cluver Estate Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2000 92+ Points
http://www.cluver.com/

Clear, bright, still pale straw with green reflections


Clean, medium plus intensity, shows maturity with notes of baked lemon, dried lime leaf, light honey, baked green apples, captivating, flinty mineral, though unwooded, the wine have developed a "pierre a fusil" and burned matches character akin to warm stone off a fire pit, complex and layered, could easily be mistaken for a quality aged Pouilly Fume of 12+ years.

Dry, broad texture, have developed a certain "fatness", structured with pin point acidity, so fresh and still very alive, the flinty / toasty / stony mineral follows through with moderate alcohol, full and lingering depth, still so pure and lively, impressive wow.

This is another confirmation that shows Elgin Sauvignon Blanc from the right site, can and do age, yet slow in their development.

Yes top level South African Sauvignon Blanc do age and improve in bottle! Consumer must seek those examples whenever they can from reputable producers, it's another repertoire of Sauvignon Blanc enjoyment, often misunderstood.

Tasted at Winterhlater Constantia Fresh. 25th February 2012 at Buitenverwachting.

Muratie Estate George Paul Canitz Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Pinot Noir 2009 79+ Points

Muratie Estate George Paul Canitz Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Pinot Noir 2009 79+ Points
http://www.muratie.co.za/

Clear, bright, garnet with slight brown rim, cherry red centre core.

Clean, medium plus acidity, very ripe strawberries, dried plum verging on prunes, cranberry and dark cherries, earthy with notes of decomposed autumn leaf, wild mushroom, delicately oak.

It must be mentioned the very high alcohol of 14.5% is not fully integrated and shows on the aromatic, though the wine was tasted at 16 degrees Celsius

Dry, high acidity, not fully integrated, possibly acidified with the texture of medium plus tannins!, tad herbaceous, high alcohol follows through, crunchy, sour cherry note, full bodied, perhaps need time for all component to come together.

The million dollar question is how long, does one need to wait?

The color is changing fast, will the fruit hold on? and will the acid fully integrate? only time will tell.
For now until 2018

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lemberg Blanc de Noir Tulbagh Syrah 2011 78 Points

Lemberg Blanc de Noir Tulbagh Syrah 2011   78 Points


Clear, pale onion skin, with slight bronze reflections.

Clean, subtle note of cranberry, green lime, just ripe plums and cherries, candy floss, some mineral.

Bone dry, light bodied, medium plus acidity, low alcohol (11.5%), brush of tannin, fair complexity, tad unripe.

Uncomplicated style, great as an aperitif or with a ceviche of thinly slices smoked trout.
1000 cases of 6 produced.

Now until 2014

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Amistad Coastal Region Syrah 2008 93+ Points

 
 
Amistad Coastal Region Syrah 2008 93+ Points


Medium clear, ruby red with slight evolution towards the rim, medium plus concentration, high viscosity.

Clean, medium plus to high intensity, ripe dark plums, blackberries, currants, cassis, earthy pebbly / stony minerals, spicy cloves, nutmeg and black pepper, hints of lavender, Provencal herbs complexity such as marjoram, sage and dried rosemary, there is a meaty / beef salami element, delicately oaked.( 30% new French oak, balance 2nd and 3rd fill, with 5% American oak, medium toast, total of 18 months upbringing in barrels)
Intriguing aromatics (the wine was tasted over 6 days) remisnescent of a cross between a Chateauneuf du Pape and Hermitage, excellent purity of fruit, no dead fruit or raisin, considering the very high alcohol of 14.5%, which is noticeable, but smartly integrated.

Dry with medium acidity, intense, full bodied, muscular style, yet at the same time plush and svelte in texture, a precision driven by a graphite mineral core, linear freshness, it is sappy with medium crunchy tannins, juicy fruit concentration, round and creamy, savory black olives complexity, very long length, impressive debut, will develop more complexity in bottle, for now until 2025, but may last up to 2035 if cellared properly.

95% single vineyard Franschhoek Syrah and 5% Wellington Mourvedre, hence the Coastal Region Wine of Origin, fermented in a combination of open ferment and stainless steel, portion wild yeast ferment.

This is testament of new wave South African Syrah, pushing the boundaries, and sitting firmly amongst some of the world’s finest, and if that standard is maintained for the next 5 to 10 years, Amistad Syrah might develop a cult followings for Rhone style enthusiasts and at less than R 200 p/b, the price is a bargain for that quality
Amistad is owned and vinified by Jacques Wentzel and Ossie Sauermann the 2009 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year. http://www.amistadwine.co.za/

Christina Van Loveren Robertson Chardonnay 2009 83+ Points

Christina Van Loveren Robertson Chardonnay 2009 83+ Points

Clear, bright, gold, showing advanced color evolution for a 2009!

Clean, medium plus intensity, ripe, yellow stone fruits, cling peaches, apricots pips, baked citrus, honey and maple, toasty, oaky, corn syrup, gravelly mineral though!

Dry, medium plus acidity possibly acidified as it’s not fully integrated, high alcohol (14%), full style, creamy, broad and rich, complex stone fruits and citrus, nutty, hazelnut, butterscotch and marzipan, medium plus length and medium plus complexity.

For fans of old style oaky Chardonnay, if one remembers what Australia, California and South Africa was producing in the mid and late 90’s, quite surprising to see such a style still being made in 2009! It is nevertheless balanced and fresh with multilayered complexity, if you love oak, I mean lots of them, then you have found your wine.

The Christina Van Loveren range is a limited edition made by Van Loveren Private Cellar in Roberson, each bottle is individually numbered, this particular tasted bottle was No 00907

Now until 2017.

Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés make their own wines

Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés make their own wines


All aspirant winemakers participating in the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme have been given the rare opportunity of making their own wines in their own dedicated Quintessence French oak barrels donated by the Cape Cooperage Group.


This Paarl based company has extended its support of the Guild’s Protégé Programme by donating a barrel to every Protégé in his or her second year until 2014, ensuring that current and future Protégés will have the opportunity to experiment with their own wines.

Elmarie Botes, who completed her first year of internship at Steenberg during 2011 has moved on to Kanonkop where she will be learning her craft from winemaker Abrie Beeslaar and make her very first wine.


Tamsyn Jeftha and Sacha Claassen, who are both entering their third year of internship, were the first to make their own wines which are still in barrels donated by Cape Cooperage in 2011. Tamsyn who spent last year working closely with Jeff Grier at Villiera will continue her internship with Carl Schultz at Hartenberg, while Sacha Claassen who worked in the Nitida cellar with Bernhard Veller, is now working under the mentorship of Charles Hopkins at De Grendel Wines.


“We are proud to be a partner in the Guild’s Protégé Programme by helping these young winemakers fulfill their potential. We’d like to believe that this initiative will help to transform the wine industry one barrel at a time,” said André Kotze, Managing Director of Cape Cooperage Group.


The production of their own wine forms part of the Protégés’ three-year internship. Protégés are required to prepare budgets, production plans and marketing proposals for the wines they produce, in order to experience the entire process from the making to selling of a wine.


Once they have been bottled, the wines will be offered during some of the Guild’s charity auctions and the funds raised will be ploughed back into the Protégé Programme.

The CWG protégés have the rare opportunity of learning the art of winemaking from true masters of their craft who are all members of the Cape Winemakers Guild. Guild members are responsible for mentoring their protégés for a minimum of six months and providing them with essential hands-on skills and experience.


The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme was launched in 2006 under the auspices of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Trust with the goal of bringing about transformation in the wine industry by cultivating, nurturing and empowering promising individuals to become winemakers of excellence.

For more information on the Guild, contact Tel: 021 852 0408 or send an email to info@capewinemakersguild.com. Students interested in applying for the Protégé Programme can visit the Guild’s website at www.capewinemakersguild.com.

Protea Coastal Region Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 86+ Points

Protea Coastal Region Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 86+ Points Clear, bright, garnet with slight brown rim. Clean, high intensity, still primary, contrary to what color may suggest (high Ph?), blackcurrant, cassis, red plums, earthy, stony minerals, delicately oaked with hints of cedar and tobacco, complex and layered, fine Cabernet fruit definition. Dry with some residual sugar, plump, full bodied, juicy with eucalyptus and minty spices, toasty, moderate plus alcohol (13.5%), finishes on a mocha note. Fruit driven, honest Cabernet, over delivers on price point at less than R 40 p/b trade price! Protea Cabernet Sauvignon is made on L’ormarins in Franschhoek, from fruits source within the Coastal Region!

Sugar Club at Beverly Hills Wine lists

Wine List.cdr Miguel de Sousa. Food and Beverage Manager. Miguel Chan ... 27. Bin 204. 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Splattered Toad, Cape Point Vineyards. 37. Bin 205 ... 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Slowine, Overberg. 44. Bin 301 ... 2008 Merlot Protea. 49 ... bookaguesthouse.co.za/.../bh%20Wine%20List%20Sugar%20Club%20j11.pdf

Monday, February 20, 2012

Christina Van Loveren Western Cape Sauvignon Blanc 2011 88+ Points

Christina Van Loveren Western Cape Sauvignon Blanc 2011 88+ Points


Clear, water white with green/yellow reflections on the rim.

Clean, medium plus intensity, subtle green kiwi, gooseberry, lychee, greengage, grassy, spicy white pepper, flinty/stony white pebbles.

Dry with high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), full mid palate, honeyed texture, medium length and complexity.

Now until 2018.

Unspecified provenance of grapes, possibly from moderate climate.
A limited release, made by Van Loveren Family Cellar in Robertson, bottle numbered individually. Integrity and sustainability certified

Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvee Brut Western Cape 2008 86+ Points

Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvee Brut Western Cape 2008 86+ Points


Clear, pale straw, intriguing fine mix of consistent tiny bubbles and somewhat coarse ones.

Clean, medium intensity, shows maturity and possibly bottle variation, as I have tasted a few 2008 that was much paler, more austere and youthful! Notes of baked citrus, apples, honeyed, light toast, expressive with ripe Pinot fruit, buttery.

Brut, plump rich style, possibly higher dosage +/- 9 g/l?, medium bodied, baked apples follows through, earthy and mineral.

Now until 2017, I have tasted previous vintages that were over 10 years old, perhaps this particular bottling is different, hence the conservative suggested drinking window, but from experience, they do last well in good years!

Cono Sur Valle Central Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 88 Points

Cono Sur Valle Central Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 88 Points


Medium clear, ruby red with electric purple rim.


Clean, medium plus intensity, delicately ripe, cassis, blackcurrant, blackberries, blueberries and red fruits of the forest medley, touch of earthiness and graphite note, excellent purity of fruit, lightly oaked lending smoky, dark chocolate and light toast.


Dry with bright acidity, medium alcohol (13%), medium tannin, polished texture, broad, juicy, packed with cassis and blackcurrant , the palate is drier and more restraint than nose may have suggested, clean, purity of fruit follows through, full style, fresh and elegant.

Now until 2018


Bottle purchase at Checkers Hyper Fourways Mall at R 44.99, and excellent bargain and certainly over delivers on price, one thing is for sure there is not many South African Cabernet Sauvignon at this price point in retail, that delivers that much, so perhaps considering the distance it has travelled and still be retail at an amazing price with the delivery certified Carbon Neutral, there is one thing or two here SA wineries can learned.

Bravo to Checkers Hyper to bring Cono Sur in South Africa, keep it up and why not other interesting wines from around the world at such a good price.
This is a must buy

Dombeya Stellenbosch Samara 2006 79 Points

Dombeya Stellenbosch Samara 2006 79 Points


Medium clear, garnet red with slight brown rim, color showing evolution.

Clean, high intensity, jammy dark red fruits, blackcurrants, cassis, very ripe blue berries, earthy, loamy, stony, oaky but integrated, lending tobacco ash, cedar and cigar , black olives, graphite, however it must be noted the very high alcohol is noticeable (14.5%), not fully integrated here, though the wine was tasted over 4 days at 16 degrees Celsius.

Dry with slight residual sugar (could it be between 2 and 3.5 g?), savory, medium plus acidity, possibly acidified, medium plus tannins, starting to dry out, but still a lot of fruit to support, very high alcohol follows though (chest warming), full bodied, extracted style, tad heavy handed.

Some tertiary character with leather and dried meat note.
Now until 2014

Blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 7 % Malbec, 100% Stellenbosch grown.

ALLESVERLOREN’S PORT NOW CALLED FINE OLD VINTAGE



ALLESVERLOREN’S PORT NOW CALLED FINE OLD VINTAGE

Danie Malan of Allesverloren, whose port has for years been a dominant feature of the local market, is if anything, delighted by the renaming of this special style of fortified wine in accordance with EU labelling regulations.

Since the beginning of 2012, no port-style wine may be called as such in the domestic market.

“I have always considered what we make here a unique product and could see no reason why it should have, through the name, an association with a product from another country.

“At Allesverloren we have made this wine for more than 60 years and I believe we can be justly proud of it. It’s not only rated highly in South Africa, where it is regularly awarded four and a half stars in the Platter’s South African Wine Guide, but its popularity overseas continues to climb.”

Allesverloren Port is now sold in South Africa under the name Allesverloren Fine Old Vintage. “We introduced the new name in the local market back in December when we ran out of the old labels. To date we have seen no negative response by consumers to the change – sales have continued to soar.

“The name change means we are actually bringing the local name in line with the one we have been using in overseas markets since the late 1970s. There the name Allesverloren Fine Old Vintage has become well established over the years and we are sure it will also find wide acceptance, and quite quickly, in the local market. We will not be using any of the approved descriptives Cape Ruby, Cape Tawny and Cape Vintage on the label as we have found consumers look for the name Allesverloren and the distinctive bottle in which it is sold.”

Danie said having a single label for the export and the local market also had practical benefits as stock could be moved around much more easily.

His main export markets are historically the Scandinavian countries but he is also very excited about the potential of new markets in Africa where he believes there are dynamic growth prospects.

DATE FEBRUARY 13, 2012
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR CAPE LEGENDS
QUERIES DANIE MALAN, ALLESVERLOREN, (022) 461 2320 or 082 573 9220
LIZE-MARIE GRADWELL/TANYA JORDAAN, CAPE LEGENDS (021) 809 7000
MARLISE POTGIETER/SONJA BEZUIDENHOUT, DKC (021) 422 2690


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MASTERCHEF SA SERIES SHOT AT FAMOUS NEDERBURG WINERY




MASTERCHEF SA SERIES SHOT AT FAMOUS NEDERBURG WINERY

MasterChef South Africa is promising one of the most beautiful settings for its debut series, beginning on M-Net on Tuesday, 20 March, with the high-profile Nederburg winery the star venue of the reality cooking show.

“This could well be the loveliest venue ever chosen for a MasterChef series anywhere in the world,” says Anne Davis, M-Net’s senior commissioning editor of the series. “We wanted to shoot in the Winelands because Cape vineyards are immediately recognisable to local and international viewers as distinctly South African. The Western Cape is also the culinary capital of South Africa and has great access to fresh produce. We obviously also wanted good weather and the Cape summer offers a very favourable climate. Nederburg was able to provide everything we were looking for.”

The Paarl winery, set against the dramatic Drakenstein Mountains, has revamped its world-renowned Johann Graue Auction Hall, the annual venue for its famous Nederburg Auction, equipping it as the kitchen for the show that will be broadcast weekly over 18 weeks.
The 1 000 m² venue will be where most of the show’s action will take place but it is also close enough to any off-site challenges in which the contestants will be involved, according to the organisers.

Davis says the overhaul of the Nederburg auction hall has been an extensive process. There are over 20 cooking stations equipped with state-of-the-art appliances and utensils. To create the floor and the walls, over 15 tonnes of wood was sourced locally, while 5 kilometers of under floor cabling have been used and the garden around the area has been beautifully landscaped. The final result is really impressive!”

When the MasterChef SA team approached Nederburg to consider making the winery facilities available for the series, the winery was ready to oblige. “Nederburg is surrounded by gorgeous gardens, vineyards and sweeping views of the mountains. The historic and contemporary buildings create an exciting blend of classical and modern, and altogether this is a very appealing and attractive location,” says Suné van der Merwe, Distell’s category manager for wines in South Africa and whose portfolio includes Nederburg. “We are very proud of its starring role.”

Nederburg, established in 1791, is South Africa’s most awarded winery and the official wine sponsor of MasterChef South Africa. Its prize to South Africa’s first MasterChef will include a customised sommelier course, one-on-one master classes in wine presented by Nederburg’s internationally acclaimed cellar master Razvan Macici, and a year’s supply of Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Wines.

In 2011 Nederburg was chosen as the Platter’s South African Wine Guide Winery of the Year for having the highest number of five-star wines. This year, it shares the honours with two other wineries.

One of South Africa’s best-selling brands, Nederburg is available across the world. In 2010, the winery made and marketed a range of South African wines for the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™ in South Africa.

Davis said the MasterChef set would be closed to the public until production of the series was concluded in March.

DATE FEBRUARY 6, 2012
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR NEDERBURG WINES
QUERIES SUNÉ VAN DER MERWE, DISTELL CATEGORY MANAGER: WINES (021) 809 7000 0R 072 224 2888
WENCKE GROBLER, NEDERBURG SA BRAND MANAGER (021) 809 7000 or 078 3143439
INGRID ENGELBRECHT, MASTERCHEF SA (011) 686 6020 or 083 651 9742
TESSA DE KOCK/MARLISE POTGIETER, DKC (021) 422 2690

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Sonja Bezuidenhout
DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS
1st floor, Rozenhof Office Court
20 Kloof Street, Gardens
8001
Tel: (021) 422 2690 - Fax: (021) 422 2558 - Cell: 083 700 3078

CELEBRATE ST PADDIES DAY WITH DURBANVILLE HILLS


CELEBRATE ST PADDIES DAY WITH DURBANVILLE HILLS

Not Irish? Don’t let that stop you from sharing in a day filled with all things green, leprechauns and four-leaf clovers. Find something green to wear and join Durbanville Hills Wines on Saturday, 17 March, in celebrating St Patrick’s Day.

Originally a religious holiday established in the 17th century to recognise Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is now celebrated across the world on 17 March bringing to life Irish food, culture and myths.

Get into the spirit of the day with Irish folk and contemporary music, while enjoying a tasting of Durbanville Hills’ award-winning wines. The Eatery will be serving fresh fish and chips as well as local tapas under the olive trees. Those best dressed in green stand a chance of winning amazing prizes.

There will also be fantastic special offers on wines available.

Date: Saturday, 17 March
Time: 10.00 – 14.30
Cost: Fish and Chips at R45per person, a selection of tapas from R25 per bowl

For more information or to book a tasting contact Simone Brown at 021 558 1300 or send an email to SIBrown@durbanvillehills.co.za

ISSUED BY De Kock Communications (DKC)
ON BEHALF OF Durbanville Hills Wines
DATE ISSUED 30 January 2012
MEDIA ENQUIRIES Danelle Kietzmann, brand manager, Durbanville Hills (021) 809 8179
Linda Christensen, DKC (021) 873 2199



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NEETHLINGSHOF TEAMS UP WITH POPULAR MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA CONTESTANT



NEETHLINGSHOF TEAMS UP WITH POPULAR MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA CONTESTANT

The award-winning Stellenbosch wine estate Neethlingshof recently showed the versatility of its wines by matching some with delicious food dishes created by well-liked MasterChef Australia contestant Alvin Quah. The fun and insightful workshop took place at the state-of-the-art Pick ‘n Pay Good Food Studio in Johannesburg and were attended by both food lovers and wine enthusiasts. Charismatic winemaker De Wet Viljoen narrated humorous and informative stories about the estate and its wines, while Alvin shared his own history, experience of contending with the best in MasterChef Australia and his love for cooking.

Guests were treated to a variety of wines and scrumptious tasting portions of each dish, giving them the opportunity to discover wine and food pairing and how satisfying it can be. Neethlingshof Gewürztraminer 2011 was paired with to-die-for Asian-style king fish tartare while melt-in-the-mouth rib eye steak with Chimichurri sauce was complemented by Neethlingshof Malbec 2010.

Scallops with lime and lemongrass salt was served with Neethlingshof Unwooded Chardonnay 2011 and Greek-style lamb with Neethlingshof Short Story Collection The Owl Post Pinotage 2009. Chicken arrabiata harmonised perfectly with Neethlingshof Short Story Collection The Caracal 2007, a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend. The estate’s gorgeous noble late harvest nectar, Neethlinghof Short Story Collection The Maria 2010 and steamed fig and coconut dessert provided an elegantly graceful and sweet ending to a perfect evening.

DATE DECEMBER 2, 2011
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR CAPE LEGENDS
QUERIES DE WET VILJOEN, NEETHLINGSHOF WINEMAKER, 021 883 8988 OR 082 929 4469
GWEN JOB, NEETHLINGSHOF BRAND MANAGER, 021 809 8481 OR 079 897 7444
MARLISE POTGIETER/SONJA BEZUIDENHOUT, DKC 021 422 2690 OR 072 562 5307

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Sonja Bezuidenhout
DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS
1st floor, Rozenhof Office Court
20 Kloof Street, Gardens
8001
Tel: (021) 422 2690 - Fax: (021) 422 2558 - Cell: 083 700 3078

NEDERBURG SHARES ITS MOST AWARDED WINES OF 2011



NEDERBURG SHARES ITS MOST AWARDED WINES OF 2011

A group of Johannesburg wine enthusiasts recently attended a showcase of Nederburg’s best rewarded wines of 2011 at the sensational Southern Sun Hyde Park. While mingling with cellarmaster Razvan Macici and red winemaker Wilhelm Pienaar, they enjoyed delicious canapés and tasted 10 Nederburg wines that earned trophies, best-in-class ratings and gold medals at prominent local and international competitions during 2011.

Image captions:

Images by Quintin Mills Photography www.millsphotography.co.za


High-resolution images are available on request.

1. Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2010
2. Nederburg II Centuries Sauvignon Blanc 2009
3. Delectable canapés.
4. Len Maseko of The Sowetan and Wencke Grobler, Nederburg’s SA brand manager.
5. Jackie Potgieter and Patti Garlick of Your Family.
6. Liz Webb, Distell’s Gauteng regional sales manager, and Natalie Hilleli of Live Out Loud.
7. Thabiso Thantsha of Destiny in conversation with Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici.
8. Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright of Winestyle and Kim Hoepfl of Woman & Home.
9. Gustavo Galleguilos of The Taverner and Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici.
10. Nederburg red winemaker Wilhelm Pienaar and Candice Ramlugan of Convenience Store Retailer and FMCG Retailer.
11. More mouthwatering canapés.
12. Candice Ramlugan of Convenience Store Retailer and FMCG Retailer, Noza Nchabeleng of Soweto and Amanda Ngudle of Sunday World.
13. Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright of Winestyle chatting to Wilhelm Pienaar, Nederburg’s red winemaker.

DATE NOVEMBER 30, 2011
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR NEDERBURG WINES
QUERIES WENCKE GROBLER, SA BRAND MANAGER, 021 809 7000 OR 078 314 3439
RAZVAN MACICI (021) 877 5151 or 082 785 4577
MARLISE POTGIETER/SONJA BEZUIDENHOUT, DKC (021) 422 2690


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Sonja Bezuidenhout
DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS
1st floor, Rozenhof Office Court
20 Kloof Street, Gardens
8001
Tel: (021) 422 2690 - Fax: (021) 422 2558 - Cell: 083 700 3078

TWO OCEANS ON A ROLL IN THE US



TWO OCEANS ON A ROLL IN THE US

Popular South African wine brand Two Oceans is not only currently trending ahead of its competitors in the US imported wine sector, but it has just been given another boost thanks to a listing by the leading Four Seasons hospitality group. Two Oceans Chardonnay, sold to patrons by the glass, and on the menu for all catered events, will be offered across 25 establishments in the US and Caribbean for the next 24 months.

Already the top-selling South African wine range in Canada and a major player in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, in the US, AC Nielsen data shows the brand recording year-on-year sales volume growth of 29% for the 13 weeks to September 17, 2011, compared with the 1,4% decline of the imported dry table wine sector as a whole for the same period.
Globally, the brand continues to hold its own, despite the recession, says international marketing manager Jackie Olivier.

“Two Oceans has managed to defy the downturn in many major markets thanks to its compelling value offering. It is also backed by strong eco-credentials. All the grapes sourced for the range are accredited by South Africa’s Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) for sustainable wine-growing and winemaking practices. The wine will soon be sold exclusively in light-weight, fully recyclable 350-gram bottles in line with our commitment to lightening our impact on the planet. By reducing bottle weight from the original 460 grams, we shall be saving the equivalent of 120 kgs of carbon equivalent emissions for every 1 000 bottles produced. These light-weight bottles will also feature biodegradable labels, inks and adhesives and they will be packed in biodegradable cartons.”

All Two Oceans wines from the 2010 vintage carry the Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) seal, backed by a sophisticated tracking system in which bottle contents can be traced back to source at every stage of the supply chain to confirm the integrity of their production.

Olivier said the Two Oceans relationship with Four Seasons was particularly apposite, given the hospitality group’s involvement with the environment.

“In South Africa, we support the WWF Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WWF SASSI) that helps to improve the conservation status of overexploited seafood in local oceans, while Four Seasons supports the sea turtle conservancy in the area near Nevis, their breeding ground in the Eastern Caribbean. Our switch to light-weight bottles is reducing our carbon emissions, while Four Seasons has embarked on a campaign to plant 10 million trees in 34 countries to offset its carbon emissions.”

The internationally marketed wine brand is not only well supported in Canada and much of Scandinavia but is coasting on a wave of popularity in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and New Zealand. In India, for example, it is listed by some of the country’s highest profile hotels, restaurants and clubs, as well as a range of prominent retail chains and is available in most of the major and second-tier cities across the country.

In the US, the brand is represented by Aveníu Brands. Amongst Two Oceans retail stockists are Publix, Beverages & More, Walgreens, Whole Foods and Costco, while other hospitality chains offering the brand include Marriott, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Ramada and Radisson.

DATE NOVEMBER 8, 2011
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR TWO OCEANS WINES
QUERIES JACKIE OLIVIER, GLOBAL TWO OCEANS MARKETING MANAGER, + 27 21 809 7000
TESSA DE KOCK/MARLISE POTGIETER, DKC + 27 21 422 2690

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Cell/Sel: +27 72 562 5307
E-mail/E-pos: marlise@dkc.co.za

LA MOTTE SA’S GREAT WINE CAPITALS WINNER FOR 2012



LA MOTTE SA’S GREAT WINE CAPITALS WINNER FOR 2012

La Motte of Franschhoek has been voted the South African winner of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best Of Wine Tourism Awards for 2012. The announcement was made today (October 27) in Mainz, Germany at a gala dinner attended by leading wine tourism practitioners from around the world.

The event was hosted by the GWC, a network of the world’s leading wine-producing countries that shares international best practice in the name of advancing standards in wine tourism across the world.

La Motte, with a history dating back over three centuries, was declared the winner in the Arts and Culture category for its impressive art museum that houses the Rupert family’s extensive collection of artworks by 20th century South African master Pierneef and other artists. However, what clinched the overall win for the winery was its consistently high performance across other categories it had also entered.

As the Best of Wine Tourism title holder for 2012, La Motte joins such iconic names in wine, such as Spain’s Bodegas Campo Viejo of Rioja, acclaimed for its wine and architecture; the famous 13th century Château d´Agassac of Bordeaux in France; the 900 year-old Dievole of Florence, Italy; Vinothek Bingen am Rhein in Germany that serves as a special visitor centre at the gateway to the Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Quinta do Portal, representing four estates in the Douro, Portugal; the lofty Bodega Atamisque, 1 300 metres above sea level at the entrance to the Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina; luxury resort, Meadowood of California’s Napa Valley, which boasts a three-star Michelin restaurant; and specialty boutique guides, Appellation Central Wine Tours of Christchurch, New Zealand.

GWC’s members, in addition to Cape Town-Cape Winelands, include Mainz-Rheinhessen (Germany), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Florence (Italy), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco-Napa (United States) and New Zealand’s Christchurch.

Coming a very close second in South Africa was Biodiversity & Wine (BWI) champion Waterkloof of Stellenbosch that won in the Architecture and Landscapes category but also scored highly across a number of other categories.

Other regional winners were Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa, situated on Helshoogte Pass near Stellenbosch, for offering the best accommodation for the second consecutive year; Waverley Hills, between Tulbagh and Wolseley (Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices, also for the second consecutive year); Tokara of Stellenbosch (Wine Tourism Restaurant) Solms-Delta of Franschhoek (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) and Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch (Wine Tourism Services). Waterford is a previous Wine Tourism Services winner.

Last year’s South African winner was Steenberg Vineyards. Steenberg chose former cleaner, Zelda Petrus, who is now responsible for front-of house cellar door sales, to fly to California to learn more about wine sales and marketing in the famous Napa Valley. She was hosted by Trinchero Family Vineyards and the San Francisco/Napa Valley chapter.

Speaking on behalf of the Cape Town and Cape Winelands chapter of GWC, André Morgenthal, who is also communications manager for Wines of South Africa (WOSA) confirmed that both the number and quality of this year’s entries had been higher than last year’s. This was despite the protracted downturn, which could have left producers feeling apathetic. “We are heartened by the growing support for the competition and the confidence and optimism this reflects amongst local wineries about what they have to offer visitors and wine lovers.

“There is an increasing recognition that wine tourism is a powerful tool in deepening the relationships established with consumers and not only on a face-to-face basis. It adds value, greater meaning and continuity to their engagement with wine lovers, particularly via social media channels.

“Wine lovers thirst for information that tells them what makes each winery unique. It helps them plan their visits and share their experiences with others. They want to understand what sets one producer apart from the next, not only in terms of their wines but also the ethos and lifestyle that lies behind each winery.”

Morgenthal said a recent online analysis conducted by Acceleration Media, showed that South Africa enjoyed a positive online reputation among international internet users. Many of the conversations focused on the country as a tourist destination.

This year’s judges included wine tourism specialist Margi Biggs; lifestyle and wine journalist Joanne Gibson; Joan Isham, the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) extension officer; Marilyn Martin, former head of the SA National Art Gallery; architect Alex Robertson; food, wine and lifestyle journalist Myrna Robins; JP Rossouw, food critic and author of the annual Rossouw’s Restaurants guide, and landscaper Johan van Papendorp.

Note to the editor:

Winners and first and second runners-up in each category were:

ACCOMMODATION
1 Delaire
2 Grande Provence
3 Steenberg Hotel

ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPES
1 Waterkloof
2 La Motte
3 Tokara

ART & CULTURE
1 La Motte
2 Delaire
3 Solms Delta

INNOVATIVE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCES
1 Solms Delta
2 Spier
3 La Motte

SUSTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTICES
1 Waverley Hills
2 La Motte
3 Waterkloof

WINE TOURISM RESTAURANTS
1 Tokara Restaurant
2 Rust en Vrede
3 Waterkloof

WINE TOURISM SERVICES
1 Waterford
2 Steenberg Vineyards
3 Grande Provence

Please go to www.greatwinecapitals.com for more or visit the following websites for more information on the Best of Wine Tourism title holders for 2012:

La Motte: www.la-motte.com
Bodegas Campo Viejo: www.campoviejo.com
Château d´Agassac: www.agassac.com
Dievole: www.dievole.it
Vinothek Bingen am Rhein: www.rheinhessen.de
Quinta do Portal: www.quintadoportal.com
Bodega Atamisque: www.atamisque.com
Meadowood: www.meadowood.com
Appellation Central Wine Tours: www.appellationcentral.co.nz

DATE ISSUED OCTOBER 27, 2011
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
ON BEHALF OF WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA (WOSA) ACTING FOR GREAT WINE CAPITALS GLOBAL NETWORK
QUERIES ANDRÉ MORGENTHAL, WOSA, 021 883 3860
TESSA DE KOCK/MARLISE POTGIETER, DKC, 021 422 2690

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Cell/Sel: +27 72 562 5307
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ZONNEBLOEM 50-YEAR-OLD WINE ATTRACTS LIVELY BIDDING



ZONNEBLOEM 50-YEAR-OLD WINE ATTRACTS LIVELY BIDDING

Amongst the very oldest reds sold at the 2011 Nederburg Auction was a selection from Zonnebloem, known amongst cognoscenti and collectors for its ability to produce wines so well-structured, they can endure for decades to beat the odds against time.

The longest-matured Zonnebloem to come up for sale was a half-century old, with a case of six half-bottles of 1961 Cabernet Sauvignon fetching R5 500, equal to R2 444 per litre. “What makes the longevity of this particular case even more remarkable is the fact that wines in small, 375-ml bottles, don’t always age as successfully as those in bigger bottles,” said cellarmaster of Zonnebloem Deon Boshoff.

Other venerable Zonnebloem wines on auction were from the 1966, 1971, 1974 and 1981 vintages, and more recently from those of 1998 and 2001. Both the 1971 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 1974 Shiraz fetched R10 000 for a case of six bottles of 750 ml each, the equivalent of R2 222 a litre.

“The prices achieved provide clear evidence that the 50 year-old Zonnebloem is not an exception but that these wines all share the rare capacity to age over extended periods. At Zonnebloem we work to the principle that quality takes time but that excellence takes a little longer. Knowing that wines produced by our predecessors are held in such high esteem is an inspiration for today’s team.” Boshoff said.

DATE SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR ZONNEBLOEM WINES
QUERIES DEON BOSHOFF, ELIZE COETZEE, BONNY VAN NIEKERK, ZONNEBLOEM CELLARS (021) 809 7000
DEIDRE SAMSON, DANELLE KIETZMANN, ZONNEBLOEM MARKETING (021) 809 7000 or 078 314 3439
TESSA DE KOCK/MARLISE POTGIETER, DKC (021) 422 2690 or 082 579 2358

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De Kock Communications (DKC)
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Cell/Sel: +27 72 562 5307
E-mail/E-pos: marlise@dkc.co.za

50-YEAR-OLD CHATEAU LIBERTAS TRIO SELLS FOR R20 000



50-YEAR-OLD CHATEAU LIBERTAS TRIO SELLS FOR R20 000

On the eve of its 80th birthday next year, Chateau Libertas, the grandfather of South African red blends, is in great shape with a reputation to match.

At the 2011 Nederburg Auction, a trio of 50-year-old bottles went for an impressive R20 000, the equivalent of R6 666 a 750ml bottle. The 1961 vintage wine was bought by a foreign company trading between Asia and Africa.

There were two other lots of vintage Chateau Libertas that also fetched handsome prices. A six-bottle case of 1965 was sold to a local chain for R14 000 (or R2 333 a bottle), while a 1967 case of six bottles went under the hammer for R8 800 (R1 466 a bottle), sold to a Chinese buyer.

Chateau Libertas was developed by Dr William Charles Winshaw in 1932 as an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend and has been made without interruption ever since.

DATE SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR CHATEAU LIBERTAS
QUERIES JACKIE OLIVIER, MARKETING MANAGER, (021) 809 7000 OR 082 897 8449
TESSA DE KOCK/MARLISE POTGIETER, DKC (021) 422 2690 OR 082 579 2358

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Marlise Potgieter
De Kock Communications (DKC)
Tel: +27 21 422 2690
Fax/Faks: +27 86 610 5388
Cell/Sel: +27 72 562 5307
E-mail/E-pos: marlise@dkc.co.za

Sunday, February 19, 2012

CAPE LEGENDS SHINES AT MICHELANGELO



CAPE LEGENDS SHINES AT MICHELANGELO

Wines in the Cape Legends portfolio have excelled at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine Awards, coming away with two Grand d’Or distinctions for the 2007 Lomond Sugarbush Single-Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and the 2004 Stellenzicht Syrah, as well as four gold medals.

The gold medallists were the 2007 Lomond Pincushion Single-Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, the 2007 Alto Shiraz, the 2009 Neethlingshof Caracal and the 2010 Uitkyk Sauvignon Blanc.

There were also three silvers awarded. Two of these went to Lomond’s Pincushion Single-Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc of the 2010 and 2011 vintages, and the third to the 2011 Neethlingshof Short Story Collection The Maria Noble Late Harvest.

Cape Legends marketing manager Lize-Marie Gradwell said Lomond’s whites have continued to attract critical acclaim.

She said the 2007 vintage had proven to be an exceptional one for Lomond’s single-vineyard Sauvignon blancs. “They seem to be getting better as they get older. After four years both are displaying a wonderful richness of flavour and should, according to winemaker, Kobus Gerber, hold their own for another four years.”

The 2007 Sugarbush won the trophy for the best Sauvignon blanc at the annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2009 and then repeated this feat in 2011 at the same show, this time in the museum class. The 2007 Pincushion in turn was adjudged the best Sauvignon blanc worldwide, selling for less than £10 in 2008 in the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Wayne Gabb, general manager and viticulturist of Lomond ascribes the longevity of the wines mainly to the slow ripening of the grapes in the cool climate of the area. “Because of the long hang-time there is a natural build-up of high acids combined with a low pH so that the inherent characteristics of the wine only start coming to the fore after 18 months.”

The 2004 Stellenzicht Syrah which brought home for Cape Legends its second Grand d’Or, is the flagship wine of this estate situated in the famous Golden Triangle between Stellenbosch and Somerset West known for the exceptional quality of its grapes. Stellenzicht was one of the estates contributing most to the upsurge in the quality of wines made from this varietal in South Africa. This particular vintage of the Stellenzicht Syrah, made from the grapes of a single vineyard, also won winemaker Guy Webber a Grand d’Or at Michelangelo in 2008.

DATE September 13, 2011
ISSUED BY DKC (De Kock Communications)
FOR Cape Legends
QUERIES Lize-Marie Gradwell, Cape Legends (021) 809 7000
Tessa de Kock /Marlise Potgieter, DKC (021) 422 2690

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NEDERBURG WINS BIG: TWICE IN ONE DAY



NEDERBURG WINS BIG: TWICE IN ONE DAY

On the same day Nederburg learned its 2009 Private Bin Eminence had been judged the wine of the show at the 2011 Five Nations Wine Challenge announced in Sydney, the winery also discovered it had won three Grand d’Or and 11 gold medals at the 2011 Michelangelo International Wine Awards, announced in the Cape.

One of the three Grand d’Or medals went to this same natural sweet dessert wine ranked the judges’ favourite in the five-nation challenge involving South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile. The other two Grand d’Or winners were the 2010 Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest, also a trophy winner in the recent Decanter World Wine Awards and a gold medallist on this year’s International Wine Challenge. The third went to the 2010 Private Bin D252 Sauvignon/Semillon, sold exclusively on the Nederburg Auction.

Amongst the 11 gold medallists were the 2008 Ingenuity Red, a five-star Platter wine; the 2010 Winemaster’s Reserve Baronne, one of South Africa’s most popular reds; the 2010 Winemaster’s Reserve Chardonnay and the 2011 Manor House Sauvignon Blanc. The balance of golds went to wines made for sale on the Nederburg Auction.

Nederburg is the 2011 Platter’s South African Wine Guide Winery of the Year.

DATE SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR NEDERBURG WINES
QUERIES LYNETTE HARRIS, NEDERBURG GLOBAL MARKETING MANAGER (021) 809 7000 or 082 4170584
RAZVAN MACICI (021) 877 5151 or 082 785 4577
TESSA DE KOCK/MARLISE POTGIETER, DKC (021) 422 2690

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Sonja Bezuidenhout
DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS
1st floor, Rozenhof Office Court
20 Kloof Street, Gardens
8001
Tel: (021) 422 2690 - Fax: (021) 422 2558 - Cell: 083 700 3078

NEDERBURG RANKED BEST OF BEST IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE’S FIVE NATIONS CHALLENGE


NEDERBURG RANKED BEST OF BEST IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE’S FIVE NATIONS CHALLENGE

Nederburg’s 2009 Eminence, a Private Bin wine made for sale exclusively on the Nederburg Auction, has been judged the wine of the show at the 2011 Five Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney. It also took the trophy for the top dessert wine on the show.

This is the first time a dessert wine has emerged as the judges’ favourite and, according to local panellist Michael Fridjhon, scores for the wine exhibited a level of consistency never seen before in the history of the competition. “It was out and out, everyone’s favourite.”

The 2008 vintage of Eminence also won gold in Sydney. Earlier this year, it earlier earned 96 points to take the trophy for the best unfortified dessert wine at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, and was one of the top ten wines in the 2011 Muscats du Monde in France.

Nederburg’s Eminence is a natural sweet wine, made entirely from hand-picked Muscat grapes, grown on the slopes of Simondium, with harvesters going through the vineyards several times to pick only fully ripened fruit.

Formerly the Tri Nations Wine Challenge, the new-format event assesses wines not only from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, but now Chile and Argentina as well. The competition claims to be the only one of its kind worldwide in which wines are submitted exclusively by invitation.

In addition to South Africa’s Fridjhon, the judges were Huon Hooke from Australia, Bob Campbell MW from New Zealand, Fabrico Portelli of Argentina and Eduardo Brethauer of Chile.

Nederburg cellarmaster, Razvan Macici said the outcome of the competition was yet another testimony to the exceptional 2009 vintage.

“It is an enormous honour for us. With Eminence, we are seeking to express purity of fruit but all the while retaining the appropriate balance between residual sugar and fresh acidity.”

Macici added that in making the 2009 vintage, he used a technique learned in his early years as a winemaker, allowing partial fermentation on the skins to extract the maximum flavour. “It’s the first time I have followed this approach at Nederburg.

“What also makes us exceedingly proud is that South Africa as a country performed so well, earning more trophies than any other competing nation. It sends a very clear message internationally about South African winemaking standards.”

Nederburg was also judged the 2011 Winery of the Year by Platter’s South African Wine Guide.

DATE SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR NEDERBURG WINES
QUERIES LYNETTE HARRIS, NEDERBURG GLOBAL MARKETING MANAGER (021) 809 7000 or 082 4170584
RAZVAN MACICI (021) 877 5151 or 082 785 4577
TESSA DE KOCK/MARLISE POTGIETER, DKC (021) 422 2690

Kind regards,

Sonja Bezuidenhout
DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS
1st floor, Rozenhof Office Court
20 Kloof Street, Gardens
8001
Tel: (021) 422 2690 - Fax: (021) 422 2558 - Cell: 083 700 3078