Introducing: Oenotools Winemaking Calculator

November 25, 2011  posted by Patrice Pellerin

OENOTOOLS is the latest smartphone and tablet application to help winemakers make essential calculations during wine production.

This free application developed by OENOBRANDS contains the most widely used calculation and conversion tools required in the winery. The development of this application is in line with Oenobrands’ strategy of offering winemakers innovative, advanced winemaking solutions.

The first version of OENOTOOLS allows the winemaker to:

-Calculate the quantity of any powder, liquid or gas additive to add to a tank. For instance, OENOTOOLS will determine the amount of gum arabic, enzymes, tannins or any fining agent to add to a tank from a powder or liquid source.

-Determine the amount of sulfite to add according to the winemaker’s selected source (various concentrations or gas) to reach a set total, free and/or active SO2target.

-Convert the common measuring units used for grape juice and wine: for example, liters into gallons, brix into sugar concentration, etc.

-Establish the conditions and flow rate for deoxygenation and decarbonization using nitrogen stripping.

The OENOTOOLS app provides a range of quick and accurate winemaking calculation tools in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Get the OENOTOOLS App from the Apple iTunes App Store and Android Market by scanning the QR code below on your iPhone or Android device.

Dr. Patrice Pellerin is the Technical Manager for Oenobrands.


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Two new members join Cape Winemakers Guild

Issued by:        GC Communications                  Contact: Gudrun Clark           Tel: +27 +21-462 0520                Email: gudrun@gc-com


The membership of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild has grown to 45 with the induction of two new members, Bartho Eksteen of Hermanuspietersfontein Wingerde and Miles Mossop of Tokara.

 Besides being a phenomenal winemaker, Bartho Eksteen, 2010 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year, is known above all for his passion for Sauvignon blanc. He is one of the protagonists of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group, his annual Sauvignon Blanc Celebration enjoys a loyal following and he was involved in the founding of the Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy. His wines always feature prominently in the South African Terroir Awards both as Regional and National winners, his 2009 Die Bartho and 2010 Nr. 5 Sauvignon Blanc are 5-star Platter wines, the 2006 and 2007 Kleinboet are Wine Magazine Top 10 Bordeaux Blends, and he boasts numerous Berliner Wein Trophy Gold medals. Over the years his wines have also been served on leading international airlines, KLM, British Airways, Swiss International Airlines as well as South African Airways.

 Miles Mossop is at the forefront of modern winemaking in South Africa with a remarkable list of awards accumulated in a decade at the helm of Tokara. Having achieved practically every level of award that a South African wine can possibly garner, Miles is extremely professional in his approach to winemaking and his meticulous attention to detail bodes well for future Cape Winemakers Guild auction wines. His string of awards include numerous trophies from the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, a Veritas Double Gold medal, and Gold medals from numerous local and international competitions including the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the Tri-Nations Challenge.

 The Management Committee of the Cape Winemakers Guild also enters 2012 with a few changes. Louis Strydom of Ernie Els Wines commences his second year as Chairman and will be supported by new Vice Chairman, Jeff Grier of Villiera, and new Treasurer, David Finlayson of Edgebaston. The Guild also has a new Cellarmaster, Andries Burger of Paul Cluver, and Assistant Cellarmaster, Frans Smit of Spier. 

 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Guild, and with the growth and changes over the years, many of the original members have reached a stage in their careers, where they are no longer at the coalface in the wineries but continue to make a crucial contribution as respected authorities to the industry as a whole.

 To ensure that this valuable expertise and knowledge is safeguarded within the Cape Winemakers Guild, an additional membership category of Technical Member has evolved. This will enable members who no longer fulfil the requirements of the Producing Membership category to remain active members of the Guild.  

 Membership of the Cape Winemakers Guild as Producing Members is by invitation only and is extended to winemakers who have been responsible for the production of outstanding wines for a minimum of five years, and who continue to do so.

 The Guild is committed, through its members, to innovation and consistent production of high quality, limited edition wines and prides itself on setting new benchmarks for the South African wine industry.

In conjunction with Nedbank, the Guild runs various upliftment programmes in the winelands such as bursaries for secondary and tertiary education and the Protégé Programme, a mentorship programme for young, aspirant winemakers.  

 For more information on the Guild, visit:, email or call Tel: +27 +21-852 0408.


Issued by:        GC Communications                  Contact: Gudrun Clark          Tel: +27 +21-462 0520                Email: gudrun@gc-com

 On behalf of:    Cape Winemakers Guild     Contact: Kate Jonker        Tel: +27 +21-852 0408                E-mail:


South African wines are top notch

Reading articles, I am often struck more by what is not said, rather than what is written, as sometimes the writer has limited space.

 Posted by Jeremy Sampson
Published: 2011/12/06 07:57:11 AM

Reading articles, I am often struck more by what is not said, rather than what is written, as sometimes the writer has limited space.

 As is to be seasonably expected, your learned wine writer Michael Fridjhon last week, took a quick look at the “fizz” category, “bubbles” to others, or in layman’s language the Methode Cap Classique (MCC).

 The previous Sunday, The Financial Times wine guru Jancis Robinson had listed her Top 25 “Bubbly Personalities” from around the world, of which interestingly only just over half were genuine champagnes — that is, produced in France in the Champagne region. Prices ranged from £7 to £170, and SA’s sole representative was the Graham Beck Brut Pinot Noir- Chardonnay, priced at £12,99 — a very considerable achievement.

 I understand that today SA has more than 3000 wine labels, your wine writer suggests over 100 are Cap Classique’s, and sadly only a handful have to date achieved true international brand status.

 Of the 20 or so mentioned in your article, the “usual suspects” all are stunners. However, over the past five years or so the quality of many South African wines have gone up in leaps and bounds, and not least the MCC category. Whilst it is granted that there is a great deal of subjectivity in wine tasting, put some local contenders alongside some international — and much more expensive — global “names”, and you may have a surprise. But then the established global brands have long entrenched their position. After all Moët can be traced back to 1743.

 In the past few months, I have heard rave notices about three other MCCs that I would add to your list: Steenberg from the deep south, KWV’s Laborie from Paarl, and Cabriere’s Pierre Jourdan from Franschoek. All totally delicious.

 And I haven’t even mentioned some of the delectable “pinks”. With more rosé now drunk than white wine in Europe, not to be ignored. My, we are so fortunate to be so spoilt for choice. As the FT put it: Racy? Light nose? Super clean? Cheers.

 Jeremy Sampson


Top 25+ fizzes by Jancis Robinson

As posted by

01 December 2011  by Jancis Robinson,

All of the first quarter of my top 100 wines really sparkle.
These 25+ are listed upwards in price with UK stockists, often Lea and Sandeman because they have a particularly wide range, and this helps to indicate relative pricing. Please note that we have given Lea and Sandeman’s price for single bottles but they offer much keener prices to those prepared to pay for a total of 12 assorted bottles.

Many other merchants without a retail outlet, Vine Trail for instance, insist on orders of at least 12 assorted bottles – and of course the cost of delivery varies from merchant to merchant.

See for more stockists, both in the UK and elsewhere. All wines are 12 or 12.5%.

  • Philippe Michel 2008 Crémant du Jura
  • Dom de la Taille aux Loups, Triple Zéro Pétillant NV Montlouis-sur-Loire
  • Roche Lacour, Brut 2009 Crémant de Limoux
  • Jean-Louis Denois, Méthode Traditionnelle Brut Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Vin Mousseux de Qualité NV France
  • Graham Beck, Brut Pinot Noir/Chardonnay NV Western Cape
  • Waitrose, Brut NV champagne
  • Jansz 2005 Tasmania
  • Benedick, Grand Réserve Brut NV champagne
  • Ridgeview, Bloomsbury Merret Brut 2009 England
  • Barnaut, Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru NV champagne
  • P&C Heidsieck, Les Pionniers 2004 champagne
  • Laurent-Perrier NV champagne
  • Chartogne Taillet NV champagne
  • Agrapart, Les 7 Crus NV champagne
  • Pierre Peters, Cuvée de Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV champagne
  • Larmandier-Bernier, Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Non Dosé Premier Cru NV champagne
  • Tarlant, Brut Nature NV champagne
  • Egly-Ouriet, Tradition Grand Cru NV champagne
  • André Roger, Vielles Vignes NV champagne
  • Gosset, Grand Réserve NV champagne
  • Pol Roger 2000 champagne
  • Vilmart, Cuvée Creation 1999 champagne
  • Bollinger, Grande Année 2002 champagne
  • Dom Pérignon 2002 champagne
  • Krug, Grande Cuvée NV champagne
  • Louis Roederer, Cristal 2004 champagne

The Graham Beck Brut Pinot Noir/Chardonnay NV is the only South African MCC to make it on to this prestigious list.

Please click here to read more about the above listed champagnes and MCC’s on Jancis Robinson’s website.