Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. Franschhoek Vigneron is 2018 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year

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    It’s an event that everyone wants to attend, and when they do they dress up to the nine’s, and this year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Awards once again lived up to its sparkling reputation. La Residence was once again the venue for the awards evening, which was attended by the who’s who of the wine and media industry, and saw Môreson’s Clayton Reabow announced as the 2018 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in the Chardonnay category for his Môreson Mercator Chardonnay 2017. Clayton is no stranger to this competition, winning the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year Award in 2009.

    According to the sponsors – Diners Club – The Winemaker of the Year award is characterised by a desire to be ‘always looking, always learning, always arriving.’ Since its inception in 1981, this is still regarded as the most sought after award within the winemaking fraternity.

    The Franschhoek Wine Valley is renowned for producing excellent Chardonnay, and one of the reasons for this (and possibly the single biggest differentiator) is the high diurnal temperature variation in the vineyards. The difference between the region’s day and night temperatures during the growing season fluctuate between 13 – 15˚C, and this large fluctuation allows for natural acid preservation in the berries at night (malic acid) and optimal sugar accumulation during the day without prolonged metabolic activity. This gives the area a wider spectrum and diversity of styles to play with when it comes to Chardonnay production, and in doing so creating optimal growing conditions for this popular grape variety.

    Clayton regards the Mercator as their benchmark white wine forming the pinnacle of Chardonnay production on Môreson Wines. With over 20 hectares of small vineyard parcels planted exclusively to Chardonnay, the Mercator has been grown and produced from two mature vineyards for the last 11 years. Only the cuvee juice is used in the production of this wine ensuring absolute pure fruit with delicate oak integration after being matured in French oak for 11 months. Like all great Chardonnay’s, the purpose is to produce a wine with focus, energy, precision and restraint.

    The Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award announcement comes hot on the heels of the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, reaffirming that Franschhoek is SA’s Culinary Capital. Restaurants included in the Top 20 line up were Le Coin Français, Foliage, Chefs Warehouse at Maison, La Petite Colombe  and The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal. These prestigious accolades are a refreshing reminder that the valley is without a doubt one of SA’s foremost wine producing and culinary regions.

  2. 2018 Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announced

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    The results for the 22nd annual  Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced at a special awards event held at Cavalli Estate, which was attended by key industry role players and media. Included in the list of Top 10 winners were two Franschhoek Vignerons, namely Allée Bleue and Môreson.

    Image courtesy of the Pinotage Association

    Allée Bleue’s Black Series Old Vine 2016 secured a spot on this sought after list, whilst Môreson’s The Widow Maker 2015 joined it’s fellow compatriot on the winner’s podium.

    A total of 161 entries were received for this year’s competition, and the wines were judged by a distinguished panel of judges, chaired by Neil Ellis. Neil was joined on the panel by Samarie Smith, Francois Haasbroek, Nomonde Kubheka and Francois Rautenbach.

    A previous trophy winner of this prestigious competition Môreson The Widow Maker 2015 is best described as a rich and deliciously heavy Pinotage. Characterised by dried prunes, wild cherries, as well as a blend of clove and cinnamon flavours it is tasty enough to be a meal on its own. The wine is a bold-on-fruit wine with well-integrated plum and oak tannins. Smooth and elegant on the palate with a slight mocha bouquet.

    Allée Bleue’s Black Series Old Vine 2016 is best described as a handcrafted wine. The wine is left to mature in the winemaker’s selection of the three best barrels – 70 % new French Oak – and left to mature for 16 month before being bottled. An abundance of berry flavours are prominent in this wine, which are beautifully wrapped in a layer of fine dark chocolate flavours, offset with a hint of liquorice. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with just enough tannin.

    For more information on these award-winning Vignerons visit www.franschhoek.org.za.