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A string of recent awards for Bonnievale Wines has highlighted not only the winery's skillful viticulture and winemaking practices, but the region's premium quality Cabernet Sauvignon too.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the number one grape variety in the world and most widely planted red variety in SA, making it one of the most hotly contested arenas in wine. Growers and wineries that excel with it are regarded to be at the top of their game.

Sauvignon Blanc South Africa and FNB are pleased to announce the top 20 contenders in the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition, South Africa's only competition exclusively devoted to Sauvignon blanc. A total of 107 producers submitted 183 wines – up from 177 last year – for this year’s competition, held for the eighth year by Sauvignon Blanc SA in collaboration with FNB.

Introducing a safe and secure way for women to get around.

 ChaufHer, a new ride-hail app for women and children only, announced they will be launching in Cape Town before the end of 2019 with plans to expand to Johannesburg and Durban in 2020. Their App, which will soon be available on both the App Store and Play Store, connects women drivers with women passengers (and children younger than 18 years). Not only does the App provide a safe way to earn money, it also provides the freedom of movement to women concerned about the growing danger and violence that has infiltrated the taxi industry.

Delaire Graff Estate celebrates a week of stellar achievements with the Laurence Graff Reserve 2015 receiving an astounding 97 points and the soon to be released Delaire Graff The Banghoek 2016 an impressive 95 points in Tim Atkins' assessment of just over 2 000 wines this year. The estate was also nominated for a “Winery Experience of the Year” award in Wine Enthusiast’s 20th Annual Wine Star Award Nominees report.

The release of the 2017 Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon marks the 33rd vintage of Cabernet with a Neil Ellis label. As a pioneer wine producer in site-identification and vineyard selected wines, the company celebrates its 35th anniversary since the first vintage of this namesake label. The 1984 Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from grapes in Banghoek and Firgrove, in the Stellenbosch district, and meant a lot of nosing around the restrictive quota system prevalent at the time. This was considered a first for the South African industry where regulations restricted grapes from crossing district borders and where wine cellars were considered reflective of origin rather than the vineyard. This wine, the first release of the well-known vineyard selection wines, best tells the story of soil, climate and the art of winemaking. A total of 437 cases were produced, released in 1986 and retailed for about R7-R8,50 per bottle. The vision, a pursuit of quality, extended out of the cellar and into the vineyards where varieties would excel and best express a particular style of wine reflective of their environment. The ideal was to identify the individual vineyards on the labels but, at the time, legislation prevented him to do this.  While known for producing world class Cabernet Sauvignon from the Jonkershoek Valley for the coveted vineyard selected range, the Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon shows what Cabernet can do as a vineyard site collective. This award-winning wine celebrates the noble variety within a multi-vineyard blend and pays tribute to the culture-rich town of Stellenbosch from which grows a reputation of innovation, originality, resourcefulness and creativity; the core principles of winemaking. The Cabernet produced from the Neil Ellis has many a time sparked enthusiasm, once deemed by winemag.co.za as the “most exciting in SA”. With three consecutive Double Golds at Veritas, Prescient Report Top Ten in 2017, 2018 and again in 2019 and consistent good scores from Tim Atkin’s South Africa Report, it just goes to show that Neil Ellis is currently one of the top performing Cab producers in Stellenbosch. According to Warren Ellis, head of winemaking, you need to be specific about site before you can start to produce premium quality wines that are expressive of their site. “And while the vineyard should always dictate the style of wine, winemaking magic in the cellar happens when you blend the wines of two vineyards together. Then, nature art and science meet in the bottle.” Warren spends the majority of his time researching and exploring new sites, gaining valueable information and experience that will ultimately serve the objective of the company to continue to produce wines of a distinct style. As the company celebrates 35 years of pioneering excellence, the objective remains to apply the experience and knowledge of the past 35 years to current techniques and technologies for a new generation of winemaking. “Our vision remains to make distinctive, refined wines that are expressive of their terrain and rank amongst South Africa’s finest. A pursuit of quality, nothing less.” Neil Ellis. For more information on Neil Ellis Wines, visit www.neilellis.com. l. As a pioneer wine producer in site-identification and vineyard selected wines, the company celebrates its 35th anniversary since the first vintage of this namesake label.

September is met with great anticipation and excitement in the wine industry as it coincides with the release of Tim Atkin’s annual review of South African wines. In the results, announced on 3 September, 11 wines within the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio scored an impressive 90+ out of a possible 100 points. The Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2017 scored the highest – 95 points.

The Cape is firmly established as “one of the most exciting wine-producing countries on the planet”, thanks to a combination of old vines, young wine-making talent, established names, varied terroirs and a can-do spirit, according to award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin, who has just released his seventh annual guide to South Africa.

Krone, home to vintage-only, handcrafted Méthode Cap Classique, on the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen estate in Tulbagh, have released South Africa’s first terroir specific MCC: the Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016. Sculpted by the vintage and harnessing the intrinsic energy of the iconic Kaaimansgat (Crocodile’s Lair) Chardonnay vineyard near Villiersdorp, this single-vineyard terroir-specific vintage cuvée is rooted in time and place.

GO COUNTRY CHIC AT OPSTAL IN SLANGHOEK, RAWSONVILLE: HOME OF “THE BEST VIEW IN THE CAPE” Located on a working wine farm just one hour’s drive from Cape Town, Opstal Stay is your perfect escape inland of the Boland Mountains.  Come explore chic country-style hospitality in a tucked-away corner of the beautiful Cape Winelands… a place you’ll want to tell everyone about (or perhaps a secret you’ll want to keep).