Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. Franschhoek Vignerons excel at 2019 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards

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    This year’s Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards saw a staggering 328 wines entered for the 2019 competition, with the results of these announced at a special awards ceremony on 1 August.

    Judged by a panel of highly esteemed industry role players, , the Franschhoek Wine Valley excelled in the district winners category, scooping 16 awards handed out on the day. The Franschhoek Vignerons who excelled at this prestigious event were the following:

    Top Cabernet Sauvignon
    2017 Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon

    Top Red Blend
    2016 Dieu Donné The Cross Collection Shiraz/Viognier

    Top White Blend
    2016 Glenwood Grand Duc Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

    Top Shiraz
    2016 Glenwood Grand Duc Syrah

    Top Noble Late Harvest
    2014 Glenwood Noblesse Grand Duc

    Top Chardonnay
    2017 Glenwood Vigneron Selection Chardonnay

    Top Pinot Noir
    2016 Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir

    Top Malbec
    2016 La Couronne Malbec

    Top Rosé
    2019 La Couronne Merlot Rosé

    Top Shiraz
    2017 La Motte Syrah

    Top Shiraz
    2016 La Motte Syrah

    Top Merlot
    2017 La Petite Ferme Merlot

    Top Viognier
    2018 Lynx Wines Viognier

    What makes this competition stand out from the rest is that not only does it honour the wines which truly reflect South Africa’s different wine growing areas, but all wines entered must be a certified Wine of Origin from a specific single vineyard, estate, ward or small district not divided into wards.

    This year’s competition was chaired by Jeff Grier who was joined in the judging process by David Biggs, Narina Cloete, Sandile Mkhwanazi and Anton Swarts.

  2. Big Win For Franschhoek Vignerons At Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

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    Of the 956 wines judged from 206 producers, 32 gold medals were awarded and 24 trophies were awarded to deserving producers at the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The announcement took place at a special awards event in Cape Town oearlier in June.

    Two of the big winners were Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards which scooped the Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-Style Red Blend for its Culinaria Collection Grand Vin 2017, while Wildeberg was awarded Trophy for Best Semillon for their Wildeberg White 2018.

    The Culinaria Grand Vin is part of the Culinaria Collection, which is available exclusively off the farm, and is a celebration of the harmony in which food and wine complement one another – to create optimal enjoyment through mutual enhancement. The Culinaria Collection Grand Vin is best described as a wine showcasing complex layers, with aromas of vibrant red fruit, black currant and blueberry, perfectly integrated with subtle oak spices and a hint of dark chocolate in the after-taste. The ripe tannins ensure a firm, elegant structure. Without a doubt a sincere wine that will complement well-prepared red meat dishes.

    The maiden vintage Wildeberg White exemplifies the magic of Franschhoek, which is produced from 100% Semillon grapes and aged in new and older oak. On the palate the wine offers a citrus tang with a terrific mouthfeel. Described as a vast wine with layers of expression.

    Congratulations to both of these winners for a sterling performance.

     

  3. 10 Year Old Wine Awards 2019 winners announced

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    Congratulations to Haut Espoir and La Bri who were amongst the winners announced at the 2019 10 Year Old Wine Awards, which was hosted by Winemag.co.za. 92 entries from 42 producers were received, and the entries were tasted blind, by a three-person panel, with the scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. The judging panel was chaired by Christian Eedes who was joined by Roland Peens and James Pietersen. According to Eedes and his fellow judges they felt that the 2009 vintage was generally considered one of the greatest of the modern era – the 2008 winter was cold and wet facilitating good moisture reserves in the soil while unseasonably cool weather in late December and early January meant a late start to harvest. Fruit came into cellars in superb condition – ripe but with high acidities. These conditions made for the production of award-winning wines, which was the case for Haut Espoir and La Bri, respectively.

    In the Shiraz category, Haut Espoir scored 93 points for its 2009 Shiraz, whilst in the Red Blends category La Bri also scored 93 points for its 2009 Affinity.

    Image by La Bri

    To read more about the awards and to download the full report click on the following linkhttps://winemag.co.za/10-year-old-wine-report-2019/