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  1. Celebrating International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

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    The cooler weather is the perfect reminder of what is to come – International Cabernet Sauvignon Day, which is celebrated today across the world. A day in which we pay tribute to this world-renowned red wine varietal, also commonly referred to as the ‘King of Red Grapes’. These grapes are known for producing wines with complex aromas and an abundance of gorgeous concentrated flavors, which include blackberries, crème de cassis, black cherries, coffee, chocolate, mint, cedar wood, cigar box and more….

    Although the Franschhoek Wine Valley is widely known for producing stellar Chardonnay and Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC), the region is also home to a range of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon producers.

    Home to a range of award-winning wines, Holden Manz is also where you’ll find their Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, which winemaker Thierry Haberer describes as having a rich and full palate with a complex array of dark fruit. The middle palate is full and shows width with complexity and depth leading to a long, full finish. Fine wood tannins combine with well-balanced acidity.

    Boutique estate La Bri is not only well known for their wines, but also their striking wine labels. Each wine depicts a Cape flower on the label, and their Cabernet Sauvignon is the proud bearer of the White Watsonia on its label. A limited release Cabernet, which is only made in exceptional years, and only 1 433 bottles of their current vintage – the 2016 – were produced.

    Rickety Bridge boasts not one, but two Cabernet Sauvignons in their range – the Paulina’s Reserve and the Icon. The Paulina Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 displays classic characters of red cherries layered with herbal notes, hints of pencil shavings and oak spice, whilst the Icon’s Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017’s nose is dominated by mint, dark cherry, aromatic tobacco and hints of cloves.

    As you enter the Franschhoek Wine Valley you will find family owned Noble Hill, which is also home to their estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, which was left to mature in French oak barrels for 18 months, resulting in a wine with excellent colour and structure.

    With Level 2 regulations allowing for the sale of alcohol again be sure to restock your collection with one of these.

    For more on these Franschhoek Vignerons as well as any of the other Cabernet Sauvignon producers in the valley visit www.franschhoek.org.za.

  2. Franschhoek Vignerons go pop at Amorim Cork Challenge

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    Awards season is in full swing with the 2019 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge results being the latest to be announced. The Franschhoek Wine Valley was well represented with four of its producers scooping awards in the relevant categories.

    In the Blanc de Blanc category not only did Colmant receive Double Gold for their Colmant Blanc de Blanc NV, but they were also announced as the category winner.

    Colmant

    Joining Colmant in this category were Anthonij Rupert Wyne (L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs 2013) and Noble Hill (Blanc de Blanc 2016), who were each awarded Gold. In the Brut category Boschendal received Gold for their Grand Cuveé Brut 2017, with Anthonij Rupert Wyne receiving another Gold for their Brut Rosé NV in the Blanc de Noir category.

    Ending off on a high note, not only was Boschendal announced as a Double Gold and category winner in the Museum Class for its Jean de Long Prestige Cuveé, but also Best Overall Cap Classique for this superb MCC. The latter award is bestowed on a Cap Classique which is regarded as a phenomenal example of a MCC.

    Boschendal

    According to Amorim Cork South Africa MD, Joaquim Sá, Cap Classique is in a better and sparklier state than ever. The purpose of the competition is to highlight the quality of South African Cap Classique.

  3. Franschhoek swings into Spring

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    The Franschhoek Wine Valley has been blessed with an abundance of much needed rain this past season. Not only is the Berg River dam full, but the valley is looking absolutely spectacular. The trees are in full bloom as their blossoms symbolise the first signs of Spring and the vineyards are looking healthy and green, as they embrace the warmer weather.

    Vineyards at Noble Hill

    This calls for celebration and what better opportunity than raising a glass of Franschhoek bubbly than on 1 September, which is not only the first official day of Spring, but it also happens to be Cap Classique Day. Celebrated both nationally and internationally as a leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) region, not only is Franschhoek home to some of SA’s finest MCC’s, but we also have the country’s first MCC route, with more than 24 MCC producers.

    Boschendal Methode Cap Classique

    Spring is also the perfect opportunity to sample new release wines. Diarise the weekend of 14 and 15 September for our annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival. Welcome in the warmer weather as you travel from farm to farm sampling some of the superb wines the valley has become known for. Participating wineries will be showcasing some of their crowd favourites as well as a handful of new release gems.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    With a few festival specials on offer now is the ideal time to stock up for the end of year holiday season. Not only will they be pulling out the stops to showcase their finest offerings, but expect to find some added attractions to ensure a truly memorable Uncorked visit.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    Pre-booked tickets, valid for both days, cost R180 per person, which can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za. Tickets purchased on the day, at the participating wine farms, will cost R200 each. For the detailed programme and accommodation specials contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za.

    Ending September on a high note will be the final Franschhoek Mystery Weekend, which takes place over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Ideally suited to couples your weekend is pre-planned from check in to check out, and holds the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on mysteryweekend@franschhoek.org.za.

    The bonus of this weekend is that it also allows for ample time to take a leisurely stroll up Franschhoek’s main road, where you’ll uncover a plethora of retail gems. These include art galleries as well as stylish clothing and exquisite décor boutiques. Don’t leave Franschhoek without making time to browse one or two of these gems, guaranteed to have something for you to take home as a reminder of your time in the valley.

    Indian Summer, Franschhoek

    September is also Tourism Month. The purpose of Tourism Month is to encourage South African locals to explore their country in an effort to showcase the importance of tourism to the economy of South Africa.  With school holidays upon us and another long weekend in store towards the end of this month (Heritage Day on 24 September) why not plan your trip to Franschhoek now. Be it a day visit, an overnight stay or a weekend escape, Franschhoek has something for everyone. For a list of things to do in and around the valley visit our website www.franschhoek.org.za.

    Rupert & Rothschild Tasting

    Cheers to a fabulous September!

  4. Bloem white blend one of Wine Spectator’s top 20 values

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    Readers paging through this month’s edition of Wine Spectator will
    be presented with boundless spreads of the picturesque South African
    winelands and treated to extensive reviews of the area’s restaurants and
    touristic attractions. However, the all important question is “what do I
    drink?”

    In reviewing more than 500 South African wines across a variety of
    price points and origins, Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth singles out
    the Bloem white blend for his top 20 values, scoring 88 points and retailing for US$ 10. Molesworth says the wine’s “pear skin notes frame green almond, heather and yellow apple flavors.”

    The South African winelands lie at the heart of the Cape Floral
    Kingdom, the smallest but most biodiverse of the world’s six floral
    kingdoms. Bloem, derived from the Dutch word for “flower”, captures the
    essence of this unique and dynamic ecosystem with refreshing fruit aromas,
    clean, creamy flavours, and a hint of exotic spice. Bloem wines are made at
    Noble Hill using a blend of fruit grown on the estate and surrounding
    coastal vineyards.

    Noble Hill is a 30 hectare vineyard making wines that are juicy yet
    austere, elegant, and above all unique to the place they are made. Noble
    Hill is located in the Simonsberg-Paarl appellation of origin, which has
    produced some of South Africa’s finest wines dating back to the late 17th
    century.

    Bloem wines are available in South Africa at Makro stores
    nationwide and the United States at wine shops and restaurnats in New
    York and Virginia. Visit www.bloemwine.com for tasting notes and a
    complete list of stockists in your area.

    For more information, please contact Kristopher Tillery
    E: kristopher@noblehill.com T: +27.21.874.3844