Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. Franschhoek Wine Valley Impresses Industry Critics

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    Internationally renowned wine critics, Jamie Goode and Treve Ring recently visited the Franschhoek Wine Valley where they were given the opportunity to sample some of the area’s finest wines. Regarded as one of South Africa’s formidable wine producing regions, Jamie and Treve also had the pleasure of meeting with the Vignerons who were able to give them deeper insight into some of the varietals the valley has become known for. During their visit, which took place over a few days, they tasted a wide range of wines from the valley. Wines included Semillon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and other niche varietals. 

    Jamie and Treve, who together write for the industry’s leading website, Wine anorak, thought they knew all that they needed to know about Franschhoek, but left with a sense of renewed knowledge about the valley and its producers. 

    The visit resulted in an in-depth article of their experience where they share their top wines from the region. To see which wines they ranked as their favourites click on the link below:

    https://wineanorak.com/2019/11/30/the-best-wines-from-franschhoek/

  2. Franschhoek Vignerons once again included in the ‘ultimate’ wine list

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    The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition, which was conceptualized in 2015, has revolutionized local wine competitions. It is a competition with a difference, as it is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers, and the winning wines for 2019 were recently announced with seven Franschhoek vignerons shining in their relevant categories.

    The vignerons who secured spots on the prestigious ‘ultimate’ wine list were the following:

    ECONOMICALLY SAVVY PINKS

    Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Rosé 2019

    ELEGANT & CLASSY WHITES

    Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2017

    PINKS

    Boschendal The Rose Garden Rosé 2019

     ELEGANT & CLASSY REDS

    La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2017
    Babylonstoren Babel 2018
    Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2014

    VOLUPTUOUS & RICH REDS

    Old Road Wine Co. The Butcher and Cleaver 2015

    VINTAGE FIZZ

    La Motte Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2016

    Furthermore, Plaisir de Merle was named as one of the Stand Out Wines for the Grand Plaisir 2014 in its relevant category, which reaffirms Franschhoek as a leading wine region.

    The panel of sommeliers taste the entries blind in their relevant categories, only knowing vintage and price point, before discussing the wines and deciding if they fulfill the criteria of being placed on the Sommeliers Selection “ultimate” wine list.”

    This year, the Sommeliers Selection Competition Chairman and current board member of The South African Sommeliers Association, Joakim Hansi Blackadder chaired the judging panel. Joakim was joined on the panel by:

    • Wikus Human
    • Tinashe Nyamudoka
    • Chantelle Gous
    • Wayve Kolevsohn
    • Esmé Groenewald
    • Barry Scholfield
    • Pearl Oliver-Mbumba
    • Joseph Dhafana

    This year more than 400 wines from the country’s top wine estates were entered into the contest.

    For a full list of the results and more info visit www.thesommeliersselection.co.za.