Call me a dizzy (natural) blonde but when I read the press release that Andrea Freeborough had won the Landbouweekblad SA Woman Winemaker of the Year Competition yesterday for “her” Fleur du Cap NLH 2009, I was slightly confused as I thought Pieter Badenhorst had made it. As must a couple of the judges, “Cathy Marston, wine writer from the UK and Cathy van Zyl, a British master of wine, and wine judge” who were at the same slap-up lunch at the Coopmanhuijs in Stellenbosch in the middle of May to launch the wine. Heck, the gorgeous, pouting PR who e-mailed the bombshell, Nicolette Waterford, was at the same bash where cosmopolitan blogger Clare Mack dinged her dong about La Colombe. If I’m confused, goodness knows what bashful brunette Greg Landman is going through.
Don’t get me wrong, as the Pretenders sing, Andrea is a whizz at making NLH, as her glittering career at Nederburg confirms, but has Landbouweekblad done a Diners Club here? Especially when the interview and skimpy swimming costume rounds of the competition were cancelled.
As competition owner Lorraine Immelman noted “The decision was taken because nowadays all winemakers are expected to be more than a winemaker, but an ambassador for their winery and ultimately South Africa. Whereas the second round of judging (personal interviews with the judges) in the past was aimed at finding an ambassador and role model from the top entrants, that seems somewhat redundant now.” Come again? Lorraine is surely arguing for a second round.