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KWV Perold Insignis 2012

Yesterday I joined Richard Rowe, former chief winemaker and now brand ambassador for KWV, current chief winemaker Johann Fourie plus two other members of the winemaking team namely Louwritz Louw and Izelle van Blerk in a blind tasting to benchmark wines from their Mentors range against top performing wines from this year’s Old Mutual Trophy [...]

September 23, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot 2011

When I interviewed outgoing KWV chief winemaker Richard Rowe for official Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show guide ICONS about The Mentors Petit Verdot 2011, he expressed excitement about the variety’s future in South Africa. “It’s got an inherently low pH which is a real bonus under our generally warm growing conditions. In addition, the berries [...]

July 24, 2013
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2009

There are many reasons to opt for tap water over bottled mineral water when dining out locally: the quality is of a high standard, there’s minimal carbon footprint involved and you get to save money that you can then spend on wine. Harvest, the restaurant on KWV property Laborie in Paarl, only offers Vivreau filtered [...]

December 28, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Topical pic – KWV Roodeberg 2009 bag-in-box

KWV Roodeberg 2009 packaged in 3-litre bag-in-box sells for 269 krona in Sweden (1SAK = 1.09ZAR), and if dooswyn enjoyed such stylish packaging back home, I’m sure many more would be inclined to buy it. The 2009 vintage is a huge step in quality than Roodeberg has shown for a while, the wine appearing much [...]

April 14, 2011
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010

Yesterday a visit to The Mentors cellar at KWV in Paarl, a facility fulfilling the dual purposes of top-end quality as well as research and development. Built five years ago, it features modern technology and receives only the best parcels of fruit, some 300 tons of grapes being processed annually compared to KWV’s total of [...]

April 13, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

KWV The Mentors Shiraz 2008

As featured in the last issue of Business Day WANTED: In the mid-1990s, KWV went from South Africa’s super co-operative to just another big wine company struggling for a share of the domestic and international wine and spirits market. Is it going to succeed, wonder industry observers? Well, if what’s in the bottle has got [...]

October 12, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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