De Wetshof Stalwart Finesse Chardonnay Achieves Top 100 Status and Double Platinum

The De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2019, from the vintage celebrating the 30th anniversary of this premium South African Chardonnay, showed that this style of wine is as relevant today as it was when Danie de Wet made the first Finesse in 1989.

The 2019 vintage of De Wetshof's Finesse achieved Top 100 status in the National Wine Challenge, one of South Africa's leading wine shows, with its judges' score presenting the wine with Double Platinum status.

Johann de Wet, CEO of De Wetshof, says, "It is a great honour to receive this award for a vintage celebrating the 30th anniversary of De Wetshof Finesse. This wine was introduced in 1989, the early days of Chardonnay in South Africa, to show consumers the bright freshness this cultivar can show with lesser oaking in older wood.

Ken Forrester Champions Rhone Blends and Chenin Blanc with latest Competition Results

Ken Forrester Wines, Chenin Blanc superstar, celebrates a trio of awards at the National Wine Challenge/ Top 100 SA Wines recently announced in Cape Town. The Grand Cru award for best in class, a Double Platinum medal and a Double Gold Medal were awarded for the two Icon wines in the Ken Forrester stable, The Gypsy 2015 and the FMC 2019, respectively.

The National Wine Challenge/ Top 100 SA Wines, the premier fine-wine-only competition, aims to produce a list of SA’s top 100 wines. The judging panel is made up of local wine experts, who taste each of the entries over three days.The Top 100 wines are then chosen, and from that list, the highest scorers are re-tasted for Double Gold, Double Platinum and Grand Cru awards.

De Wetshof Harvest 2020

Harvest 2020 will go down as one during which the vineyards experienced four seasons in one growing and ripening period. From the time the first Chardonnay buds appeared in August 2019 to harvesting of the final red varieties was completed at the beginning of March, the natural elements threw everything at us.

The bud-break and flowering phases of spring were accompanied by cool, mild conditions. Most important was that the temperatures remained consistent, leading to a balanced, even growth cycle. As summer set in, one or two hot days were experienced, but none of the energy-sapping heatwaves that put stress on the vines. The south-easterly wind played its usual role at this time of the year, blowing in cool air from the southern-most tip of Africa some 90km from De Wetshof.

La Motte introduces Curated Wine Tasting Experience

La Motte Wine Estate enjoys international acclaim for its innovative wine tourism offering and with the introduction of a Curated Wine Tasting Experience, guests are now invited to a special wine tasting every day from Monday to Friday. The Curated Wine Tasting Experience encourages guests to explore their passion for wine or to indulge in an exclusive and tailored wine tasting experience.

Varietal Glass-Specific Tasting

A new addition to the estate’s wine tasting line-up comes in the form of a Varietal-specific tasting. Hosted by one of the knowledgeable La Motte Wine Tasting Ambassadors, guest will be seated in a private wine tasting area and guided through an informative tasting, showcasing varietal characteristics at its best.

Diemersdal Estate Bottles first Sauvignon Blanc from Harvest 2020

“The 2020 vintage will go down as one of those years in which we winemakers saw it all,” says Thys. “A magnificent growing season due to the cool, mild conditions during the spring and early summer of 2019. During Christmas Durbanville looked like a winter Cape Cold Front had hit us with cold temperatures, grey skies and rain. And once harvest got under way early in January temperatures climbed, with some unexpected patches of rain. But from mid-January we experienced a true Cape summer: sun, warm weather and a bit of south-easterly wind.”

Despite the vagaries in temperatures and general conditions, Diemersdal’s crop showed even-ripening.

Haute Cabrière Releases Arnim Family Réserve – A pioneering red blend

With our rich history of innovation and our eye on wine-drinking trends, Haute Cabrière adds a Rhone-inspired blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir to the range.

This unique blend sees Syrah, a robust, tannic and spicy grape, softened with the delicate and aromatic characteristics of Pinot Noir. The result is a full-bodied soft red wine with beautifully accentuated fruity red berries.

This exciting red blend is yet another step in our pioneering history of classic cultivars and the art of blending them.

The wine is currently available at R145 from our cellar door and online store and will make its way into retail during the rest of March and April.

La Motte - Celebrating consistent success of cool climate Pierneef Collection

La Motte Wine Estate in the Franschhoek Valley is celebrating the international acknowledgement of its premium Pierneef Collection, reaffirming the estate’s status as a producer of fine wines and the success of introducing cool climate styles. The limited production Pierneef Collection consists of a Syrah Viognier blend and a Sauvignon Blanc, both for which grapes are obtained from site-specific vineyards grown predominantly in the cooler South Coast region.

Following on the exceptional performance of prior vintages, the 2017 Pierneef Syrah Viognier has not only been listed as one of the Top 100 Wines in South Africa, but has also received 100 points in the SA Wine Index, won Double Platinum as well as the category for Rhône Reds in the National Wine Challenge and has been awarded with Gold medals in the Sommelier Selection, Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge as well as the International Wine Challenge China.

Diemersdal: A Decade in Review


FIFA World Cup Year in South Africa, and a couple of amazing accolades for Diemersdal. Diemersdal was named Top Producer at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards for the seven Gold Medals it scooped for its Sauvignon Blanc wines. This was the year confirming the arrival of Diemersdal as one of the leading producers of South African Sauvignon Blanc, with the Michelangelo achievement helping to pave the way. As a wine competition Michelangelo uses a majority of international wine experts to scrutinize entries, and with Diemersdal dominating the Sauvignon Blanc category, word got out to the world that great things were happening on this Durbanville Estate.

2010 also saw the maiden vintage of the Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve launched, a classic expression of South Africa’s famous home-grown variety using grapes from older dryland vineyards.

De Grendel's Three Styles of Sauvignon Blanc

With February being the hottest month in the Winelands and Sauvignon Blanc consumption skyrocketing during this time, we’ve put together a few interesting titbits about this well-loved grape variety.

Did you know?

  • Sauvignon is the 5th most planted wine grape variety in South Africa
  • It is the most-consumed varietal wine in South Africa
  • More than 24 million bottles of Sauvignon Blanc are enjoyed on the local market annually

Sauvignon Blanc originates from Bordeaux in France, but is also highly successful in New Zealand, South Africa and Chile. It is well known to be expressive and can produce a bouquet of different aromas and flavours.