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Merwida Black Friday 2017!

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2017 Awards Season

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We are very proud of the 2017 awards 🙂

Merwida Awards 2017

‘n Verrassing skuil in elke wynbottel – Versnit Artikel

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KOS EN WYN
’n Verrassing skuil in elke wynbottel

Nero d’avola se donker kleur wanneer dit gereed is om geoes te word.

Deesdae lê veral die jongeres se lus by wat in die wingerd aangaan en wat daar geplant kan word. Dit het iets te doen met die globalisering van wyn. Maar ook ’n fyner lees van klimaat en grond – en dan ’n sensitiewer bewustheid van die mark, veral die een wat immer aan ’t ontwikkel is en hoe mode verander.

Om hierdie rede is die wynland van Suider-Afrika in hierdie dae ’n lappieskombers waar jy wyndruiwe van die mees uitheemse plekke kan naspoor. Inderdaad het die eienskappe van ’n unieke druifsoort (jammer, maar die anglisistiese “kultivar” werk nie vir my nie!) tot ’n fyner studie onder die nuwe geslag wynmense gelei.

Ons beveel aan

1. Merwida Barbera 2015 (R80)

Herinneringe aan Italië se heuwelwingerde in bekoorlike pruim- en naeltjiegeure

2. AA Badenhorst Sout van die Aarde Palomino 2015

Wonderlike “souterige” aard aan die delikate, ontsnappende geure en mondgevoel.

3. Dagbreek Tinta Amarela 2015 (R135)

Forse vrugtegeure, ryk en ruim dog sag en intrigant omdat dit so ongewoon is.

4. Lemberg Hárslevelü 2014 (R180)

Eksoties met perske en speserye-aromas, vol persoonlikheid en altyd delikaat.

5. Bosman Nero d’Avola 2015 (R150)

Sisilië s’n is ’n vakansiebelewenis. Hierdie een is so vars en verleidelik.

6. Overgauw Sylvaner 2016 (R120)

Appelkose, blomme en kruie wat die wyn ’n lieflike gespreksgenoot aan tafel maak.

7. B de Alexandria 2016 (R150)

Tipies Kaaps, maar ook anders, omdat die wyn so verfynd droog is. Lemoenbloeisels.

Hulle sal dalk baklei en filosofeer oor wat “terroir” is, maar elke wynmaker praat vandag van wat die wingerd aan die fyn kuns van wyn verskaf. En as jul druiwe persoonlikheid het, of goed met mekaar kan trou, waarom sou ’n mens nie kelderjeuk aanmoedig nie?

Maar dis natuurlik hóé die druiwe-immigrante hul geaardheid hier aanpas wat die avontuur in die bottel bestel.

Die laaste aantal jare het die vreemde name, danksy goeie vertroeteling van stokkiemense en so, al hoe meer op ons etikette verskyn.

Ten minste dra druiwe soos albarino, verdelho, tanat en barbarossa daartoe by om die kaleidoskoop van Kaapse wyn nog helder te laat skyn.

En dan is daar die plaaslike ou bekendes wat só uit die mode geraak het dat ons hulle amper vergeet het. Gelukkig het die geesdrif van die jonges ’n ding begin om daardie druifsoorte ’n nuwe kinkel te gee.

Wie onthou kurkdroë wyn van hanepoot? Of palomino wat nie in sjerrie omskep is nie? Die bakermat van die ou Kaapse wynkultuur.

Maar in die nuwe Kaapse wynwêreld woeker ons eweneens met die “vreemdelinge”.

Ons keuse vandag is om die nuwes en ongewones vir plesier en avonture aan te durf.

Druiwe-persoonlikhede

Sowel barbera as nero d’avola is rooi Italianers van oorsprong en karakter. Maar eersgenoemde kom van die verre noorde, Piëmont, en laasgenoemde van die verre suide, Sisilië.

Albei is ware “werkdruiwe” in die sin dat iedereen geduldig, algemeen en goed in die kelder tot voortreflike en aromatiese wyne verwerk kan word. Albei is veelsydig en tog uitdrukkings van waar die wingerde groei. Ons gaan met hierdie druiwe nog baie pret in die Kaapse wynlande hê.

Tinta amarela is Portugees, rooi en spesifiek van die Dão-streek en die Douro-vallei. Diegene wat die ouer Dão-wyne onthou, sal die heerlike parfuum dadelik herken.

Hárslevelü word net deur ’n Oos-Europeër reg uitgespreek. Dit is Hongaars, besonder aromaties en die grondslag van die beroemde tokajerwyne.

Janey Muller het dekades gelede op die landgoed Lemberg by Tulbagh met hierdie wit druif die avant-garde in die plaaslike wynlande gelei.

Ook sylvaner is ’n Europese wit druif met ’n lang geskiedenis – in Duitsland en die Franse streek Elsas, waar dit sterk terroir-eienskappe toon.

Overgaauw s’n, die enigste vandag op die wynlys, het ook ’n lang geskiedenis en driftige uitgesprokenheid.

Palomino is, soos die naam miskien suggereer, die gewillige wit werker wat die ganse sjerriekultuur van Jerez in Spanje eeue aan die gang hou.

In Suid-Afrika was dit ewe dienswillig totdat wynmense belangstelling verloor het. En toe het dit by die nuwe geslag weer byval gevind.

Hanepoot oftewel muscat d’alexandrie is so oud soos die Kaapkolonie en sekerlik die lekkerste druiwe om te eet. Soetwyn is, soos nagmaalwyn, deel van die plaaslike geskiedenis, maar net hier en daar is probeer om dit as ’n droë tafelwyn te produseer – in die jare sewentig in die eertydse Eersterivier-kelder en nou onder die Raats-kêrels.

 

Via Versnit

Artikel geskryf deur Melvyn Minnaar

2016 Awards Season

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We have had another remarkable year with awards for almost all our wines!

Our 2016 award season results are as follows:

FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc

  • We’ve managed to win this title again this year with our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. Second time in a row – we could not be more proud!

Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2016

  • Double Gold – Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Silver – Barbera 2015

Veritas 2016

  • Silver – Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Silver – Chardonnay 2016
  • Silver – White Muscadel 2016
  • Bronze – Cuvée Brut

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Breedekloof shines at Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards of South Africa 2016

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Breedekloof Wine Valley collects 43 top awards


Two trophies among tally of Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards

The Breedekloof Wine Valley, along with the Breedekloof Makers, a collaboration of like-minded winemakers from the picturesque Breedekloof Wine Valley, have received an added boost to their enthusiastic winemaking efforts following the announcement of the 20th annual Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards – a collection of 43 awards in total have made their way to this beautiful wine valley outside Cape Town.

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Why Wood It?

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How long has this wine had wood contact? But why?

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Wooded wines are not only recognizable by the price difference when compaired to unwooded wines, but mostly by the different flavours that are enhanced by the wood component. WineFolly posted a very insightful blog about How Wine Barrels Affect the Taste of Wine, and we would like to highlight a few main points for you.

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Yay to Cabernet!

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Happy #CabernetThursday!

We are celebrating with a few facts from WineFolly

  • Cabernet has its own official holiday–the Thursday before Labor Day

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted wine grape in the world (~720,000 acres)

  • It has higher levels of an aroma compound called Methoxypyrazine which is why it’s noted for aromas of black pepper, green peppercorn, black currant and sometimes even bell pepper

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is a half-sibling of Merlot, Hondarribi Beltza (from Basque Country) and Carménère

  • It is included in the Bordeaux blend, Meritage blend, Supertuscan blend, and CMS blend

  • Wineries in Napa Valley pay more on average for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes than they do for other grapes

  • Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines are tracked and traded like stocks

  • It is the most planted variety in Chile

  • It is one of the most important varieties in China

  • It is the most reviewed red wine variety in Wine Spectator’s database

  • There’s a reason why it tastes great with steak… Read more

 

2016 Harvest Report

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We had a chat with our cellar master/winemaker/viticulturist, Magnus Kriel about this year’s harvest season:

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What was the total tonnages harvested for 2016?

17365 tons

What was the average tonnages per day?

395 t/day

Percentage red and white grapes?

32% red and 68% white

How does this year’s harvest totals compare to those of 2015?

The crop is almost 16% higher than the vintage of 2015,  2400 tons more.

What do you think is the reason for this?

Mostly due to new plantings coming in to bear. Also we had a terrible Colombar season in 2015 and alone on Colombar we picked 1000 tons more this year, this variety is actually back to normal now and contribute to almost 20% of the total production.

How does the white and red tonnages differ from last year?

Percentage wise it is more or less the same, no significant differences.

Were there any new cultivars harvested this year? If so, how did they perform and are you excited about the outcome?

No new ones, just a couple of cultivars only this year in full production and are showing some real potential, for example the Petit Shyrah.

Did the drought affect Merwida’s harvest?

We managed to irrigate all our vineyards right to the end of harvest. I would say the unknown continuous heat affected the flavours a lot more than in 2015. Drought played a minor role, although some farms and some blocks were affected more than others where the full irrigation cycle per week was cut into half due to low water levels in dams.

Merwida had a very good year in 2015 regarding awards. Do you think this year’s harvest is of the same quality, and which wines are standing out for you?

Personally I feel that 2015 was much better than 2016. The early 2016 varietals, like the Sauvignon blanc, first Chenin’s and Chardonnay looks promising as well as the reds, but the gross white looks pretty average. It was also a tough year in terms of vinification and the chemical composition of the grapes due to the abnormal weather phenomena – it really put our winemaking knowledge to the test.

What is your overall experience of the 2016 harvest and your predictions for the 2017 harvest?

All and all it was satisfactory enough. I have absolutely no idea what to expect for 2017! Only the weather conditions that lies ahead and time will tell…

For our 2015 harvest report, click here

Price Increase from 1 March 2016

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Please note, we will have a price increase from 1 March 2016

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