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Drostdy Hof is looking to jump-start the wine career of a promising young woman.  The popular wine brand is collaborating with Stellenbosch-based Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA), an independent organisation that prepares disadvantaged young matriculants for jobs in the wine, tourism and allied sectors. Its holistic, year-long work-readiness programme includes technical and on-the-job learning, with a strong accent on personal development.

Winemag.co.za today released its sixth annual Sauv-Sem Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report, sponsored by precision agriculture service provider Aerobotics. Presenting a solid argument for increased interest in South Africa’s Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends, panel chair Christian Eedes highlighted this style’s ability for very serious wines.

International Double Gold triumph for Survivor Sauvignon Blanc  Survivor, the intrepid Swartland range of Overhex Wines International, has triumphed at the 2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge bringing home Double Gold for its acclaimed 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. This is the third major accolade awarded to this vibrant Survivor Sauvignon Blanc vintage after striking gold at both the 2018 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and the 2017 Michelangelo International Awards.

The 2004 vintage of Nederburg’s Private Bin S316 Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest has won the 2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge trophy in Sydney, Australia, for the best dessert wine.   “Made entirely from Weisser Riesling grapes affected by botrytis cineria (noble rot) – a very rare occurrence – this straw-yellow wine is truly exceptional!  I do believe that this is one of the very best noble late harvest wines Nederburg has ever made,” says Andrea Freeborough, Nederburg’s cellar-master.

TOKARA’s fastidious attention to Cabernet Sauvignon spanning nearly two decades,   has brought rich rewards to this acclaimed Stellenbosch wine estate, with a Double Gold in the 2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge yet another international accolade for their flagship red. The award winning TOKARA Director’s Reserve Red 2014 is a Cabernet Sauvignon driven blend of four classic Bordeaux varieties from prized vineyards on the slopes of the Simonsberg. Composed of Cabernet Sauvignon (72%), Merlot (18%), Petit Verdot (6%) and Cabernet Franc (4%), this sumptuous blend is a true reflection of everything the estate stands for – refinement, elegance and balance.


Re-affirming the distinguished pedigree of Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon


Neil Ellis Wines’ reputation as one of SA’s leading Cabernet Sauvignon producers was re-affirmed at the 2018 Veritas Awards when the Neil Ellis 2015 terrain-specific Jonkershoek Cabernet and the 2015 regional Stellenbosch Cabernet were honoured with Double Gold and Gold Medals respectively for the third consecutive year. These accolades follow a long line of praise for Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon including 15 Veritas Double Gold or Gold Awards since 1999.

Breedekloof Wine Valley invites consumers to stock up for the festive season

Winemakers from the Breedekloof Wine Valley were well-represented at the annual Veritas awards this weekend, claiming a total of 74 medals amongst its collective of producers. The Veritas awards is considered one of South Africa’s most prestigious wine awards and receives close to 2,000 entries annually. Wines and spirits are judged by local and international industry experts and submitted to a rigorous judging procedure. Gold and Double Gold awards are of significant value to producers and indicates a score of 86/100 or more.

Creation Wines on the upper reaches of the Hemel-en-Aarde is delighted to have topped the Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report compiled by Winemag.co.za once again. This time with the 2015 Creation Art of Pinot Noir which scored an impressive 93/100 in the 2018 report. The highly acclaimed wine is described by the panel as: “Rich but balanced with layers of flavour – dense fruit and racy acidity before a long, dry finish making for a sumptuous drinking experience.” Last year it was the 2015 Creation Reserve Pinot Noir that took the honours.