Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. 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.

  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.