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With snow and freezing temperatures featuring on the weather charts, it’s time for robust reds and full-bodied fortified wines, while rare steaks will be many diners’ first choice. These names of recent winners and finalists in national competitions  could offer inspiration to both winelovers and those who eat out with relish...

 

 

TOP TEN FINALISTS IN THE WOLFTRAP STEAKHOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP

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The first round of the 2017 Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is complete and these finalists represent those who garnered most votes from the public. The judges now take over for the final round.

 

In alphabetical order

 

  • Beef Boys Grill, Potchefstroom – North West
  • HQ, Cape Town - Western Cape  
  • Jayz Grill, Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu Natal
  • Karoo Cattle and Land - Irene, Pretoria - Gauteng
  • Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks - KwaZulu Natal (2015 Champion)
  • Rare Grill, Kenilworth - Western Cape
  • The Cricketer, East London - Eastern Cape
  • The Godfather, Centurion, Pretoria - Gauteng
  • The Grumpy Griller, George - Southern Cape
  • The Local Grill, Parktown North, Johannesburg - Gauteng (2013, 2014 and 2016 Champion)

 

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TOP SCORERS IN THE CAPE BORDEAUX RED BLEND REPORT

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Winemag.co.za released the results of the high scorers among the 60 entries that were received from 45 producers for the 2017 competition. The following 25 rated 90 or more on the 100-point scale.

 

Just one, Thelema Rabelais 2013 achieved 94. Three collected 93 – Morgenster 2011, MR de Compostella 2014 and Tokara Director’s Reserve Red 2013. Those scored 92 were Holden manx Big G 2013, Rustenberg John X Merriman 2015, and Simonsig Tiara 2011.

 

Many made 91: Allee Bleue Cabernet sauvignon Merlot 2014, Beyerskloof Field Blend 2013,
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2014, LaibachThe Ladybird 2015, Longridge Ekliptika 2014, Morgenster 2012,Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2014, Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2013, Rustenberg John X Merriman 2014, Spier Creative Block 5 2014, Zorgvliet Richelle 2015.
The following blends were scored 90 points:Allée Bleue L'AmourToujours 2013, Creation Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot 2015,KnorhoekPantère 2014, La Vierge Nymphomane 2015, Villiera Monro Red 2013, VriesenhofKallista 2011, and Vondeling Philosophie 2015.

 

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SHIRAZ STARS FOR 2017 ANNOUNCED

 

 

The results of the fifth Shiraz Challenge awards were announced recently at the Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl. SA Shiraz chairperson Edmund Terblanche announced that 220 wines vied for honours.“Initially we focused only on Shiraz, but soon after we invited winemakers to put forward their best blends as well... We’ve witnessed consistent growth in the blends category.”

 

The shiraz winners are:

 

Cederberg Shiraz                                                                     2015

 

D'Aria The Soprano Shiraz                                                    2015

 

Eagle's Nest Shiraz                                                                   2014

 

Fairview Beacon Shiraz                                                          2014

 

Fairview Swartland Shiraz                                                     2014

 

Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz                                                2013

 

KWV Cathedral Cellar Shiraz                                                2015

 

La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier                                     2015

 

Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah                                       2015

 

Saronsberg Shiraz                                                                    2015

 

Strandveld Syrah                                                                      2013

 

Wildekrans Barrel Select Reserve Shiraz                        2015

 

While the Top Three shiraz-led blends are:

 

Bellingham The Bernard Series SMV                                2014

 

Rustenberg Stellenbosch RM Nicholson                        2015 and

 

Saronsberg Full Circle   

 

 

 

MOREISH MUSCADEL WINNERS

 

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   Muskadel SA 2017 Platinum Winners l to r Alvi van der Merwe (Alvi's Drift) Chris Venter (ORC) Tiaan Loubser (Du Toitskloof Kelder)

 

There were 23 entries in this year‘s Muskadel SA Awards contest, and the Orange River Cellars emerged  triumphant overall for the third consecutive year.

 

Orange River Cellars White Muskadel 2016 and Red Muscadel 2016 both received platinum awards, adding more medals to their stock of five platinum and two gold since 2013. Also awarded platinum were Du Toitskloof Cellar Red Muscadel 2014 and Alvi’s Drift Premium 2014.

 

Nuy winery took home gold for their Rooi muskadel 2012 as did Rooiberg for their Red Muscadel 2014.

 

Gold awards

 

Two cellars situated on the R60 between Worcester and Robertson was awarded gold; Nuy Winery for their Nuy Rooi Muskadel 2012 and Rooiberg Cellarfor their Rooiberg Red Muscadel 2014.

 

Another winner from the Northern Cape is Landzicht GWK Wines who took home gold for their Landzicht Rooi Muskadel 2016 and Boplaas from Calitzdorp scored with gold for their Boplaas Heritage Collection 2014.

 

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TRY THIS! TASTE OF TYGERVALLEY - A NORTHERN WINE FEST

 

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A first for this huge and populous centre! Don't miss out on the inaugural Taste of Tygervalley Wine Fest taking place on Friday June 30 and Saturday July  1. T.he venue is the Arena, where 21 cellars will be pouring their products, from potstilled brand and fortified wines to serious reds and full-bodied whites. Something for every palate and pocket, and most suited to the midwinter weather that we are welcoming with many a toast!

The wineries taking part are Blaauwklippen, Benguela Cover, Bonnievale, Brandvlei, Diemersfontein, Eagles'

Cliff, Edgebaston, Groenland, Hermanuspietersfontein, Imbuku, Kingna Distillery, Montpellier de Tulbagh, Montagu Wine and Spirits, Mooiplaas, Ormonde, Perdeberg, Peter Bayley, Spookfontein, Triple Three Distillery, Yonder Hill and Zorgvliet.

The Cabernet Franc Interest Group will man a special tasting stand for this trendy varietal. Wine of the Month Club and Good Taste will be present, and chocolate pairings and tastings are also on the menu.

Tickets cost R100 which includes glass, tastings, and a contribution toward a bursary for a local youngter to study toward becojing a sommelier. The festival times are from 17h00 - 21h00 on Friday and 14h00 - 19h00 on the Saturday. Tickets from www.computicket.com or at the door. Numbers of guests will be limited to avoid overcrowding. 

 For more information visit www.tygervalley.co.za

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DSTV FRANSCHHOEK BASTILLE FESTIVAL

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French flair to the fore, with berets, a red white and blue outfit, and an appetite for fine wine and gourmet bites? Then you are all ready for this years Bastille bash taking place on July 15 and 16.

As usual, it offers a mullti-sensory experience, and there is an optional package being offered this year dubbed Joie de Vivre: it comprises a number of mountain biking activies over three days, including Contre la Montre, a race against the clock in the Franschhoek mountains along with accommodation, exclusive functions and meals.

As before, the food & wine marquee will be sited at the Huguenot monument, where wines can be tasted and gourmet fare purchased. Tickets cost R280 a head, and include glass and five wine-tasting coupons. Book through www.webtickets. Visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za for more info.

 

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FLAVOURS OF WINTER FESTIVAL AT MURATIE

 

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The beautiful historic estate of Muratie will host a celebration of Cape Port-style wines on Saturday July 29. The Melck family will welcome yhou to fireside sipping, then dining on rich flavours of warming winter fare from the Muratie Farm Kitchen. Wines on show will also be on sale at cellar door prices. Von Geusau will titillate tastebuds with their handmade chocolates.

The event runs from 10h30 to 16h00. Tickets cost R100 and include a glass. Advance booking is recommended. Email taste@muratie.co.za or call 021 865 2330.

 

 

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POP-UP SUNDAY LUNCH AT HARTENBERG

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Finish the merry month of May in delectable style at Hartenberg estate on Sunday May 28. Chef George Jardine is set to titillate palates with traditional cuisine at the Bottelary Hills Pop-up lunch, paired of course with the estates fine wines.

Tickets cost R550 per person and include a wine tasting followed by a delectable three-course feast as well as wines paired with each course. Each person will also get a bottle of Hartenberg wine to take home. Pre-booking is essential as seating is limited. For bookings and more information visit www.wineroute.co.za or phone 021 886 8275.

 

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Wine Concepts invites you to their seventh chard and pinot fest 

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Diarise Friday June 2 for the seventh annual Chardonnay & Pinot Noir celebration hosted by Wine Concepts and held at the Vineyard hotel in Newlands. More than 40 top Cape producers will show their best bottles of these two varietals. Delicious snacks will accompany them. All wines showcased will be for sale at special prices at the event.

The show takes place from 17h00 to 20h00. Tickets cost R200 a head and include glass, tastings and snacks. Special rates apply for those wanting to stay over at the hotel. Get your tickets through www.webtickets.co.za or at Wine Concepts branches or at the door, subject to availability. Email admin@wineconcepts.co.za for info and bookings.

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 ITS WWW TIME!

 

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As many fans already know, its time to head to Robertson Wine valley for the annual Wacky Wine Weekend taking place from June 1 – 4. This year there are several tutored tastings, cellar tours and other informative events to diarise, along with the fund of live music, sports, arts and crafts, country fare and family fun. It’s essential that visitors look at the full programme online a wackywineweekend.com, to decide what they wish to attend and book for. More than 40 wine producers are taking part from all the towns in the Robertson valley.  All ages and tastes will be well catered for.

 

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TOP WINE TASTINGS IN CAPE TOWN AND JOHANNESBURG 

 

Every wine lover who wants to sample some of South Africa’s top wines should make a date for the 2017 Old Mutual Tropy Wine Show tastings, either in Cape Town or in Jo’burg. The winners of the competition’s top achievers in several categories will be pouring their best, adding up to more than 150 top, gold and silver medal winners of every kind.

The winning wines will be on sale online and can be collected at the nearest Makro pick-up lockers.

The 2017 winners will go live immediately after final results are announced on May 30.

.Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting Cape Town

Date:               Thursday, 8 June 2017

Venue:             CTICC (Ballroom, Level 1), Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

Time:               17h00 to 21h00

Parking:           Secure underground parking available in CTICC parkade

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting – Johannesburg

Date:               Friday, 9June 2017

Venue:             Bill Gallagher Room (Level 2), Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Sandton

Time:              17h00 to 21h00

Parking:          Secure underground parking available at the convention centre and neighbouring shopping malls.

  • Bookings: Ticket sales via
  • Ticket price:  R175 Early Bird for bookings by 2 June; R190 thereafter.  Buy online or at the door, subject to availability. No under 18s, babies nor prams. 
  • Refreshments:  Light meals are for sale at the tastings.
  • Enquiries:  (011) 482 5936. ;.

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Experience Fungi-Fever at Delheim’s Mushroom Forages

 

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It’s mushroom time again! Soon, foragers will head into the forests in search of these delicious delicacies that  pop out for a short time in the year.

Delheim Estate’s popular Mushroom Forages takes place on  15, 16, 30 June and 1 July . Only 40 guests a day are accepted, and hunts are led by Delheim’s Noral Sperling-Thiel and Gary Goldman, a mushroom fundi.

The day begins with mushroom identification in the farm’s vat cellar, followed by a walk to the mushroom hunt in Delheim’s lush pine forest. Foragers then enjoy at three-course lunch showcasing the funghi, paired with Delheim wines. The day costs R695 a head. Those attending should wear walking shows, a warm jacket, bring a pocket knife and baskets. Book through Computicket. For more information visit www.delheim.com

 

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 With the SA Cheese festival celebrating 16 successful years, cheese-lovers can hardly remember a time when they did not diarise the festival dates in April. It is firmly established as one of the country’s most popular andwell-organised celebrations of a food that most of us enjoy daily.

This year, visitors will find new attractions along with  the established favourites: As well as  the amazing range of artisan and classic cheeses, food that makes perfect partners, such as bread, wine, and sweet delights are also on the menu. New product launches are another regular feature while a large variety of delicious  fare will be presented in Gourmet Lane. Fancy yourself as an artist with a carving knife? Enter the Ladismith Cheese Carving competition and create a masterpiece.

 

Celebrity chefs will show off their talents in the Agri-Expo Cooking Pot, and they include Nataniel and Carmen Niehaus among others. Meet some of our top cheesemakers in the Cheesery and keep your entry ticket as its eligible as entry to a Win a Chevrolet UTE Bakkie competition.

Chefs from The  Private Hotel School will demonstrate recipes for using cheese, while cheese and wine and cheese and beer tastings will be presented in the Standard Bank Tasting Room.

Children will have hours of fun in the Kiddies Corner, while adults who prefer quiet to crowds can buy VIP tickets for the Connoisseurs’ Expeience which will give them exclusive cooking demos with Nataniel, a mozzarella and feta making demo, complimentary tastings, VIP parking, and entry an hour ahead of the crowds.

 

Buy tickets to the show at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers stores, at R160 a day. Senior ciitzens pay R100 and children 13 years and under go in free of charge. The Festival starts at 10am daily and closes at 6pm. Visit www.cheesefestival.co.za for more info or email admin@agriexpo.co.za for more information. See also Latana Success Story: Perseverance and talents spotted.

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