Category: Wine

VEUVE CLICQUOT MASTERS POLO CAPE TOWN 2019

  The prestigious Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town will return to Val de Vie Estate on 2 March 2019. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Paarl-Franschhoek mountains, this stylish sporting and social event marks the peak of the South African polo season. The ninth annual event, a highlight on the Western Cape calendar, will focus on the sport that has shown a sharp rise in popularity and skill in Africa over the past few years. It is expected that more than 3000 prestigious guests, many from neighbouring countries and provinces, will pay homage to the high-speed, high-skill game of polo while sipping Veuve Clicquot and celebrating summer. What’s new at the 2019 event is the extension of the VIP area where guests will have the opportunity to track the live polo match on oversized screens and remain engaged with the game. Colour has always been at the heart of Veuve Clicquot and is a source of the champagne’s creativity and inspiration. It was in 1816 that Madame Clicquot developed the first riddling table designed to guarantee a crystal-clear wine and thus enhance the purity of colour of her champagne. She also created the first blended rosè in order to create a more intense colour and taste. This is the inspiration behind 2019’s “Colourama” theme that promises several artistic interpretations of the Veuve Clicquot heritage and a live...

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TASTE NEDERBURG’S MOST AWARDED WINES AT RMB WINEX

Nederburg will be bringing out some of its most awarded wines for this year’s RMB WineX festival to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. This glitzy annual showcase brings together some of the best-of-best on offer from South African wineries, and takes place on 25, 26 and 27 October 2017, from 17:00 to 21:00 Nederburg assistant-winemaker, Heinrich Kulsen, together with Nederburg’s tasting room manager, Luzaan Kruger, will be delighting wine lovers with tales of harvests past, special moments and memories shared, and the special joy of achievement and recognition. Get a rare taste of Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2016. It was recently selected as one of the winning wines of the 2017 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by South Africa’s Chenin Blanc Association.  Earlier this year, the same vintage was awarded platinum at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards for best South African Chenin blanc (priced at over ₤15). The Anchorman remembers Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart, who established the farm in Paarl in 1791 and planted Chenin blanc, amongst other varietals. Every wine in the lauded Heritage Heroes collection honours a visionary who has helped shape Nederburg and its history as one of South Africa’s most pedigreed names in wine. The Anchorman will be offered for tasting alongside the rest of the Heritage Heroes ensemble, including the latest vintages of:...

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NEDERBURG’S THE ANCHORMAN: ONE OF SA’S TOP 10 CHENINS

Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2016 has been selected as one of the winning wines of the 2017 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by South Africa’s Chenin Blanc Association. This follows international recognition achieved for the same wine at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London earlier this year, where it won a platinum award for the best South African Chenin blanc priced at over £15. Wines entered for the 2017 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, now in its fourth year, were blind-tasted by a panel of local and international judges including Cathy van Zyl, a Master of Wine, wine judge and associate editor of Platter’s South African Wine Guide; Richard Kershaw, a Master of Wine and winemaker; Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sommelier at The Test Kitchen, South Africa’s top restaurant; James Pietersen of Wine Cellar; as well as Lauren Buzzeo, the newly appointed managing editor and tasting director of Wine Enthusiast in the US; and Marlvin Gwese, sommelier at the Cape Grace, who acted as an associate judge. The Anchorman is a wooded Chenin blanc that commemorates Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart, who bought the farm in 1791 and planted Chenin blanc, amongst other varietals.  The wine forms part of the winery’s Heritage Heroes collection comprising five distinct wines, each honouring a personality who has played a role in shaping Nederburg’s pedigree...

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BRAND CHENIN AS SA’S WINE SPECIALTY, SAYS LEADING US COMMENTATOR

South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal in the way New Zealand has done with Sauvignon blanc and Argentina, with Malbec.  This is the view of Lauren Buzzeo, the recently appointed managing editor of respected publication Wine Enthusiast, based in the US but read worldwide. Buzzeo, who has been covering South Africa for the magazine since 2010 as its tasting director and senior editor, was in the country in early July to judge in the 2017 Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge along...

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