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South African Chenin Blanc is on a roll.  Back from a highly successful showcase at leading trade show ProWein in Germany, and soon to be a key focus of an international wine congress, the Cinderella grape is seeing sales powering ahead at home and abroad. The news comes as the Chenin Blanc Association, organiser of the annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, is calling on new and established winemakers to enter this year’s competition.

Savour the union of distinguished wines and gourmet cuisine with a weekend of culinary excellence in a magnificent wilderness setting.

Bouchard Finlayson has teamed up with sister property Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat to present a gourmet food and wine weekend to be held from 26 – 28 July 2019 at the luxury lodge in the heart of the Cederberg.

Nothing excites me more than Chardonnay In my wine glass, the versatility excites me especially when the wine is showcases the winemakers flair   Chardonnay is a relatively neutral grape with a flexible character, it derives the bulk of its flavours from terroir, where it reflects the growing conditions with terrific fidelity, and barrelling, where it’s intrinsic flavour needs to be coaxed out. Creatively it’s a blank canvass for winemakers and that’s an exciting space to exhibit the craft of winemaking.

The launch of the Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show brings a new and valuable competition to the spirits and liqueurs sector of the South African liquor industry. Open to all producers and importers, the show will score and rank all products across a series of categories, identifying the gold, silver and bronze medallists and awarding a trophy to best-in-class submissions providing they are of gold medal standard.

Congratulation are in order for Franschhoek wine farm Le Lude has received the highest points to date for a South African Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) in London.

Le Lude, established in 2011 by Nic and Ferda Barrow with the aim of making premium quality bubbly from classic Champagne varieties, specialises in crafting naturally bottle-fermented sparkling wines known as Méthode Cap Classique in South Africa.