Diemersdal’s “Frozen” Sauvignon Blanc a Finalist in IWSC Innovator of the Year

A Sauvignon Blanc made by fermenting juice that had been frozen during harvest five months earlier has led to Diemersdal Wine Estate in Durbanville being one of two finalists in this year’s Winery Innovator in the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC). The IWSC is the world’s largest drinks competition annually attracting entries from over 90 countries.


Darling Cellars Set to Wake-up Summer with its Pink Pyjama Bush Rosé

One rosé wine set to be the darling of this summer’s holiday season is the Pink Pyjama Bush 2018 from Darling Cellars, the leading winery in this well-known wine region on the cool Cape West Coast. The Pink Pyjama Bush blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache is named after the pink-and-blue flower of the same name (scientific name: Lobostemon fruticosus) that blooms in the vicinity of Darling as well as in various other parts of the Western Cape during spring and summer.


Revolutionary Sauvignon Blanc takes 2nd FNB Top 10 for Diemersdal

The ground-breaking Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc has just achieved its second consecutive FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc accolade for Diemersdal Estate, the pioneering Sauvignon Blanc producer from Durbanville.


De Wetshof continues its domination of Veritas un-wooded Chardonnays

By achieving the highest rating for unwooded Chardonnay at this year’s Veritas Wine Awards, De Wetshof Estate from Robertson becomes arguably the most awarded unwooded Chardonnay producer in South Africa.


Darling Cellars Scores Top 5 Rating at Veritas 2018

Top image: Christo Pienaar, left, chairperson of Veritas, with the team from Darling Cellars – marketing manager Lourens Relihan and winemakers Maggie Immelman, Carel Hugo, Anthony Meduna.

In its best showing to date at the prestigious Veritas Awards, Darling Cellars turned in a performance seeing it named one of the top five producers at this year’s competition, winning two Double Gold and three Gold medals.


Judges Have Their Say on this Year’s FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Competition

Top image: Christian Eedes

Diversity, quality and pleasure for the consumer. That’s what the judges of this year’s FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Competition found while sniffing and sipping their way through the line-up of entrants for this year’s event, the results of which are to be announced on 10 October.


Diemersdal Red Wines and Sauvignon Blanc Take Limelight at 2018 Michelangelo Awards

Leading Durbanville wine estate Diemersdal notched a stunning achievement at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards winning one coveted Platinum award, three Double Gold and two Gold Medals.


Org de Rac’s Swedish Beauty Grabs Gold at Michelangelo Wine Awards

Org de Rac, the well-known organic wine farm in the heart of South Africa’s Swartland region, won two Gold medals at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards, Africa’s leading drinks competition. This year Michelangelo set a record for a South African wine and spirits competition attracting 2 255 entries.


Kleine Zalze and KWV Glitter in Record Year for Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards

In one of the most competitive line-ups in the 22 year history of the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirts Awards, Stellenbosch producer Kleine Zalze made history when a Shiraz was awarded not only the Grand Prix Wine Trophy  – the show’s top accolade, but for the first time in Michelangelo’s history, a second trophy was awarded to the same wine, namely the Shiraz trophy, sponsored by SA Airlink. The Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 was the highest scoring wine (98 points) at this year’s competition, which attracted a record number of 2 255 wines and spirits entries. This now makes Michelangelo the largest competition of its kind on the Africa continent and one of the leaders in the southern hemisphere.


Tim Atkin says it’s time South African Sauvignon Blanc is taken seriously

Top image: Tim Atkin

In his much-anticipated 2018 report on the state of the South African wine industry, British wine critic Tim Atkin MW makes a strong case for the country’s Sauvignon Blanc to be taken seriously – despite wine pundits’ penchant for focussing on other varieties with a seemingly sexier image.

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