The international recognition of Chardonnay as a leading South African wine offering received another boost at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, with Paul Clüver from Elgin being one of two Cape Chardonnays to receive a Platinum award and 97pt score at a show described as the world’s most influential wine competition. Paul Clüver Estate, a pioneer of viticulture and winemaking in the cool-climate Elgin region, received a Platinum award for its revered icon Seven Flags Chardonnay 2020, one of only five South African wines to stake a claim in the Platinum category.
Elgin producer Paul Clüver’s Seven Flags 2020 underscores the status and pedigree of Cape Chardonnay at the 2022 Decanter Awards.
The international recognition of Chardonnay as a leading South African wine offering received another boost at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, with Paul Clüver from Elgin being one of two Cape Chardonnays to receive a Platinum award and 97 point score at a show described as the world’s most influential wine competition.
Paul Clüver Wines, the pioneering Elgin estate owned and managed by the Clüver family, was one of the leading performers at this year’s Top 100 SA Wines/National Wine Challenge, delivering four Top 100 & Double Platinum awards with three Grand Cru National Champion Awards for wines adjudged Best in their Class.
Top 100/Double Platinum awards went to Paul Clüver Sauvignon Blanc 2021; Seven Flags Chardonnay 2020; Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2017 and Noble Late Harvest 2021.
In this interview, Warwick Estate CEO Christiane von Arnim talks about what makes wines from South Africa, France and Germany so unique and more. She has been leading the next chapter of the Warwick legacy since 2018.
Are there any essential wine hacks you wish more people knew about?
When opening a bottle with a wax closure, ignore it and pull it out the way you usually would instead of cutting and picking away the wax. This is much easier and neater – and a lot less frustrating.
Winter is a time for red wine. While Stellenbosch is the heartland of the country’s icon reds, it is wine from the pioneering Simonsig Estate that shines among the brightest of these expressions.
Leading the way since its conception is the Simonsig Tiara. Tiara was the first of the farm’s premium range; among South Africa’s first Bordeaux blends; and, the wine that first launched Simonsig’s standing as a producer of top quality red wine.
The Ken Forrester Old Vines Reserve Chenin Blanc 2021 was awarded a Best in Show Award at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards, cementing Forrester’s reputation as the pioneering leader of Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc.
Almost three decades since Ken Forrester made the career shift from prominent Johannesburg restaurateur to Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc specialist, the Chenin Blanc category has evolved vastly and this variety is now widely regarded as South Africa’s white flagship.
In viniculture, blends are commonplace. In fact, almost all wines are blends in some way or another.
Blends can range from wines combined from different barrels, grapes from different vineyards or vineyard blocks, and – of course – different varietals. At Haute Cabrière, we pride ourselves on pioneering new wine blends. It’s a part of our DNA and something we continue to explore generation on generation.
WWF South Africa is delighted to announce that five more wine farms have been welcomed into its prestigious Conservation Champion programme, bringing to 55 the total number of WWF Conservation Champions in the Cape Winelands, which overlaps two major global biodiversity hotspots – the Cape Floral Kingdom and the Succulent Karoo.
Biodiversity loss is among the top environmental risks according to the 2021 Global Risk Report from the World Economic Forum.
During the vineyard dormant period, it is important to keep a keen eye out for disease, pests, and maintenance needs, this requires a combination of responsiveness and strategic planning.
Post-harvest disease management is key to the ongoing health of the vineyard. This period is heavily influenced by seasonal weather that can increase the potential of fungi to occur. The infamous forms are Powdery and Downy mildew which interrupt the plant’s ability to photosynthesise and threaten the grape bunches during the growing season and the carbohydrate storage in preparation for the dormant phase.