View from the Cape

16 May, 2008

A Fairtrade

organic wine with no added sulphites is one of a number of ethical brands

in the spotlight. Taste South Africa's best-known varietal Sauvignon Blanc in a line-up of 25 wines picked to show regional diversity, or explore the Cape's individual wine routes at WOSA's themed tasting zones.

The Company of Wine People will launch six wines in the Arniston Bay Reserve range. Made by winemaker Nicky Versfeld, the line-up

comprises a Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon .

Arniston Bay Original ,

launched in 1996, has moved

to

screwcap closures and a revamped label. "The range will still be identifiably Arniston Bay but its modern, premium feel is designed to appeal to today's consumers," says brand and business development manager Barney Davis. Look out for the

25cl single-serve Arniston Bay pouch, which has just hit retailers' shelves and will sell for £1.99. It is said to be quick-chilling,

unbreakable and flattens once consumed.

Stand F20

Cape giant KWV will showcase its key brands, including KWV Wines, Roodeberg, Cathedral Cellar and Laborie. Roodeberg's new offering will be ­introduced to the UK

following its launch in the Nordic markets . Also new to the

portfolio will be the Café Culture brand - "a vibrant and sociable Pinotage, not shy to show its subtle mocha undertones", according to category manager for wine Karin O'Donoghue. Stand M40

One World will

roll out a Shiraz rosé for its South African Orange Street range at the Chalié Richards stand. Labelled an "urban wine brand", One World has been developed through

research, with consumers deciding the brand name, logos, style of wine and pricing. On the same stand Stellenbosch-based Simonsig will

celebrat e its 40th anniversary,

showing five wines which were awarded 4.5 stars at the John Platter Awards, including the Chenin Blanc, which won

Superquaffer of the Year . Stand G40

In a move to promote Sauvignon Blanc as South Africa's signature grape variety, the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group

will be presenting a range of 25 top examples of this grape variety from all the major South African wine-producing regions. The wines have been selected to show regional diversity and include Avondale 2007, Black Oystercatcher 2007, Durbanville Hills Rhinofields 2007, Graham Beck Pheasant's Run 2007, Klein Constantia Perdeblokke 2005 and Vergelegen Reserve 2007. SBIG secretary Pieter de Waal says: "We started these international theme tastings three years ago and found that visitors appreciate the opportunity to taste a range of our finest Sauvignon Blancs and to discuss the different micro-climates that give each of these wines its distinctive and unique characteristics." Stand L40/L50, M40

Stellenbosch-based

Spier will unveil new

packaging for its Classic range, which includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Also on taste will be

its Vintage Selection range, including a 2005 Shiraz/Mourvèdre/Viognier blend, 2005 Malbec/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot and 2006 Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay/Viognier, and its Private Collection premium range including the 2007 Pinotage, 2005 Shiraz and 2006 Chardonnay.

Cellarmaster Frans Smit will be at the stand to discuss the latest sustainability and biodiversity developments at Spier. Stand F60

Lourensford Estate,

near False Bay in the cool Somerset West region, will present a new range called The River Garden at the Hatch Mansfield stand. The line-up includes a 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend. Also available will be the new Noble Lourensford Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2008, which retails for £8.99 and joins sister estate wines Viognier and Late Harvest Semillon.

Stand S60

Ken Forrester will be at the Great Western Wine stand to present new vintages of his FMC, Gypsy and T, as well as wines from Winery Road, the joint venture between Forrester and Martin Meinert and named after their Stellenbosch restaurant. Martin Meinert's Synchronicity, Devon Crest and Merlot will also be on show, alongside wines from Elgin winery Oak Valley. Stand D12

Cape Legends has appointed Crush Wines

UK agent for the distribution of three South African brands - Tukulu, Hill & Dale and Ixia. All three

will be available to taste alongside Villiera Tradition Brut and Villiera's Late Harvest Chenin Blanc Inspiration. Stand R42

Join Jan Scannell, managing director of Distell in South Africa, and Distell's UK head Gary Greenfield, at a

tasting of ­Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignons from the past five decades.

Cellarmaster Razvan Macici will lead the tasting through the easy-drinking Foundation tier up to the premium Ingenuity range. May 21, 12-2pm, Novotel London Excel . Email info@distell.co.uk for information. Stand I55

Visitors to the Constellation Europe stand will be greeted by Bruce Jack from Flagstone, who will be representing his Somerset West-based winery in the Premium Wine Estates collection - Constellation's newly revamped premium wine portfolio. Jack will also

show

wines from BEE brand Ses'fikile,

owned and run by empowered women under Jack's mentorship. Stand F40

Put your questions to Jack and a panel of Constellation's head winemakers at QwIne - a wine-themed take on general knowledge quizshow QI . Brintex

Seminar stand, May 20, 12.45-1.45pm and May 21, 1.30-2.15pm. To reserve your place email info@cbrands.eu.com.

Stand K40

Meet producers Blackie van Niekerk, Gideon Theron and Anton Breil from Lutzville winery Cape Diamond Vineyards, and Durbanville producer Righard Theron from De Grendel at Stratford's. Stand F22

Stellar Organics will be launching a Fairtrade and organic wine with no added sulphites on the Ehrmanns stand. Representatives from Stellar and Elgin-based producer Thandi will

also be available to discuss the new releases and latest developments in Fairtrade wine. Stand F20

Jeremy Borg will be at the Charles Hawkins & Partners stand to present his Painted Wolf ranges and discuss future plans for Borg Family Wines. Also on taste will be wines from Paarl-based Seidelberg estate. The farm, originally know as De Leuwen Jagt, has recently been renamed Seidelberg and at the same time reclassified as a wine estate. Stand I8

Myliko Wines will be focusing on new wines for 2008 at its stand. Among the wines on show will be a range from South Africa's Lyngrove, which has undergone a total transformation under ­Baarsma's Holding, an international wine company based in Holland that acquired the estate in 1996. After extensive research

it replanted 60% of 80ha

of vines and introduced state-of-the-art production methods. Stand D10

Eighteen New World winemakers and winery owners will be at the Seckford Agencies stand, including Simon Barlow from Rustenberg, Theresa Fourie from Bouchard Finlayson, and Andries Burger from Paul Cluver estate. Stand I19

As one of the forerunners in the production of organic wines, Paarl-based African Terroir

is also certified Fair Trade. In 1997 it launched a community project called The Community Property Association. Its wines include Winds of Change, which has enabled a community to became the owner of

its village, securing housing and education facilities. Included in the range is a Pinotage/Cabernet blend, a Merlot/Pinotage, a Pinotage/Shiraz and a Semillon/Chardonnay. Stand K60

Thierry's is welcoming what it says are "some of the world's most eclectic pioneering winemakers with passion" to its stand on May 20 at 4pm, including South Africa's Ken Forrester and Danie De Wet. Stand C42

Golden Kaan Wines, Racke's joint venture brand with KWV, will be at the WOSA stand. On taste will be the eight-strong Classic range of single varietal wines, the Private Collection and the premium ­Winemaker's Edition. Stand L40/L50, M40

Bibendum will be showing off wines in its new Bibendum Ventures range, which has been created from partnerships made around the world with, among others, SAAM Mountain Vineyards. Afrikaans for "together", SAAM unites a group of 40 growers who farm vineyards that span the premium growing areas from Paarl to the Durbanville Hills. The vineyards produce, on average, less than seven tonnes of grapes per hectare - around half the average yields of other wineries of this scale. In addition to its 3,000ha of vineyards,

SAAM has 1000ha which are made up of wetlands, sand, mountain areas with fynbos and protected bulb species.

Stand E50

Additions to the entry-level Diamond Bay range will be shown for the first time

by Discovery Wines. Stand H16

At the Laroche SA stand, winemakers from all of the Laroche domaines will be present, including Tinus Els from Stellenbosch's L'Avenir. Stand D20

Bordered by the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, which is home to a range of plant species unique to the Cape floral kingdom, Oak Valley Estate in the Elgin Valley will be showing its portfolio of wines, including its 2004 Cape Blend and limited release Mountain Reserve ­Sauvignon Blanc 2005. Stand D12

Stellenbosch's Sylvan Vale Winery will present its Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2007, from 38-year-old vines - one of the oldest blocks of Chenin Blanc in Stellenbosch, according to the winery - and The DV Red 2004, which is a blend of Pinotage/Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon. Stand H16

Beau Joubert Vineyards & Winery will be at the WOSA stand with its Beau Joubert, Christmas Cabernet, Joubert's Farm and

Oak Lane wines. Stand L40/L50, M40

Cape Grace Wines' stand will boast its "naked winemaker" Carno du Toit, whose mission is "to spread the love", according to the

winemaking team, who add: "Pick up, caress the neck, remove top, it's that simple." Exhibiting on the WOSA stand, Cape Grace Wines is made as a partnership brand between Thierrys and South African producer African Pride Wines. Its range includes a Chenin Blanc, Semillon/Chenin Blanc blend, Pinotage rosé,

Pinotage Merlot and a Shiraz.

Stand L40/L50, M40

Designed to be served over ice, Off Piste Wines' rosé wine brand, Frozé, will provide refreshment for

fair-goers.

Frozé Fizz, lower alcohol version Frozé 5.5 and dessert wine Frozé for Afters will also be in the spotlight. Stand G60.

Regional excitement

Wines of South Africa is highlighting regionality for the first time at the LIWF as part of its Variety is in Our Nature campaign. The individual wine routes in Walker Bay, Durbanville, Robertson Wine Valley, Stellenbosch, Darling and Elim will host themed tasting zones in a bid to bring the regions to life for visitors, says WOSA's market manager Jo Mason.

Thirty wineries from across the Cape will be represented at the Wines of South Africa pavilion. Well established wineries such as Flagstone and Ken Forrester Estates will present wines alongside newcomers to the show, including Paardenkloof - a winery

in the newly-designated Bot River region and owned by Valli Moosa, formerly a key political figure in South Africa, who has held the posts of minister of constitutional affairs, and environmental affairs and tourism.

Eight brands that are black-owned or form part of a Black Economic Empowerment initiative, many seeking UK distributors, will also be on taste. Stand L40/L50, M40




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