Wednesday, 20 June 2012

International Wine Challenge 2012

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South African wines garnered with gold in London today at the 2012 International Wine Challenge as follows:

Cirrus Syrah 2008
Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve White 2010
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2010
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2006
Lourensford Winemaker’s Selection Chardonnay 2011
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2008
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2009
Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2010
Saronsberg Viognier 2010
Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2010
Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2010
Vergelegen GVB 2010 (white blend)
Vergelegen MMV 2008 (MCC)

Friday, 15 June 2012

KWV's star on the rise

After conquering Veritas and Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the reinvigoration of KWV continued this week with the release of the Mentors range new vintage wines.

Head winemaker Richard Rowe, winemakers Johann Fourie, Christiaan Coetzee and Izele van Blerk are doing a sterling job of making wines with definition, restraint and elegance, particularly the Chardonnay while firmly placing Grenche Blanc on the 'next big thing' list.

There is excellence across the range, and the standout feature for this writer was the texture and weight they are achieving, particularly in the reds where the Cape has more room for improvement. Instead of heavy, viscous textures, the Mentors reds offer juiciness and elegance without loss of intensity.

Friday, 8 June 2012


Edo Heyns, winemaker, blogger and deputy editor at Wynland/Wineland, is currently doing his MBA thesis on the relevance of the 'greening' in wine marketing. Edo was recently declared runner-up at the Franschhoek Literary Festival Wine Writer of the Year function.   

Says Edo:
The wine industry has done significant work to improve its green credentials, but limited information is available about green consumer preferences in the wine market. In order to effectively market environmentally friendly or sustainable initiatives and products, a clearer understanding of the relevance of greening in wine marketing is required. 

Edo is conducting a consumer study to establish the relevance of different green certifications and practices to the consumer. The survey consists of only 31 questions and will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

This is a good chance to both show and express your green credentials, or a good chance to start!

Participants stand a chance of winning one of three cases of Villiera Tradition Methóde Cap Classique (MCC). Villiera just won the Old Mutual Trophy for best MCC. 

The contact information obtained though this research will not be distributed and will only be used for the lucky draw.   

Please follow the link below to complete the survey: