Waterkloof in Somerset West became a Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Champion in 2008 and this year began the process towards official accreditation as a biodynamic farm. One of the most visible differences to conventional farming is the eight Percheron horses used instead of tractors to plough, compost, spray and harvest the vineyards. Viticulturist Christiaan Loots [...]
What is to become of the Chenin Blanc Challenge now that Wine magazine is no longer? Held for the first time in 1996, it was the longest running of any of the wine competitions convened by the title and played at least a small role in rehabilitating the reputation of the variety. Over the course [...]
During a stint at Avontuur which lasted from 1999 to after the 2002 harvest, winemaker Lizelle Gerber emerged as a one of the hottest talents around, picking up accolade after accolade for wines across the style spectrum. She subsequently moved to Eikendal and then DGB and has been going through a bit of a quite [...]
Graham Beck winemaker Erika Obermeyer seems as adept with Chenin Blanc as Sauvignon Blanc. Last year her Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2010 achieved the notable double of placing among the winners of Wine magazine’s Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition and rating 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011. Now the Graham Beck Bowed Head 2009 finishes among [...]
Kleine Zalze’s Johan Joubert toasts his Cellar Selection Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2010 rating 4 Stars and placing among the Top 12 at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge. The Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2008 rated 5 Stars and was Best Overall at last year’s Challenge, a result somewhat marred when it emerged that [...]
Among the Top 12 wines at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge, there were three wines that were unwooded: Kanu 2009, Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vines 2010 and Leopard’s Leap 2010, which were all rated 4 Stars, while the title of the best value wine in the competition also went to an unwooded [...]
Rijk’s Private Cellar winemaker Pierre Wahl with his Chenin Blan Reserve 2007, rated 4 Stars and among the Top 12 at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge. Check this out for a run of achievements with the variety: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chenin Blanc 2005: trophy for best in class at OMTWS 2007 [...]
Fort Simon winemaker Stander Maass with his Chenin Blanc 2009. This wine was the second most highly rated at this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge behind outright winner being Perdeberg Rex Equus 2008. The Fort Simon 2008 and second-label Fortress Hill 2008 were both rated 4 Stars in last year’s Challenge.