QUALITY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE

As posted by Amorim Newsletter – June 2012

Amorim SA endeavours to offer quality   service that goes beyond the expectations of our customers. This ethos is   prevalent throughout our supply chain and at our unit in Stellenbosch. Here   Amorim goes beyond general cork industry norms.
Miguel Cabral,   head of Research and Development at Amorim in Portugal, will be visiting   South Africa in July this year to inform the wine industry of latest   developments in his field. The first presentation will be on 24 July where Dr   Cabral will present an update on Amorim’s technical advances in improving   natural cork performance and the latest research on wine closures.

The presentation will be held during the 3rd Cap Classique   Technical Seminar on 25th July, held at Joostenberg Conference   Centre and will focus on research on corks for sparkling wines. The topic of   Dr Miguel Cabral will be:

 

The Studies on Sparkling Wine Cork Stoppers   – The presentation will have 3 parts:

  1. Technical   specifications on Sparkling corks: Results of a study made in collaboration   with Moët & Chandon.
  2. Technical   performance of the product.
  3. Sensorial neutrality

                                                                                                   

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Bastile VIP Tasting during Bastille 2012

The following wines have been selected to be shown in the Bastille VIP tent on Saturday 14th July and Sunday 15th July from 12-5pm in Franschhoek.

Farm & Wine & Vintage

Glenwood – Chardonnay Vignerons Select 2010

Backsberg – Family Res White Blend 2009

Chamonix – Chardonnay 2009

Moreson – Chardonnay 2011

La Bri – La Bri Syrah 2009

La Motte – Pierneef Shiraz Viog 2009

Graham Beck Wines – Cuvee Clive 2005

Morena – Morena BrutNV

Dieu Donne – Merlot 2009

Rickety Bridge – Paulina’s Reserve Cab 2009

La Vigne – Naturally dried – Viognier 2011

Boekenhoutskloof – Syrah 2006

Rupert & Rothschild – Baron Edmund 2009

Vrede en Lust – Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus 2009

Antonij Rupert – Antonij Rupert Merlot 2006

 

The Johannesburg Cap Classique and Champagne Celebration

25 June 2012  by Cap Classique Producers Association
 
Now in its third year, the annual Johannesburg Cap Classique and Champagne Celebration, once again promises to be the highlight on the social calendar of bubbly lovers in Gauteng.
 
Be sure not to miss this sparkling event which will take place over the weekend of 18 and 19 August (12h00 to 17h00 daily) at the Country Club Johannesburg in Auckland Park.
Boasting some of the country’s top Cap Classiques from wineries such as Backsberg, Colmant, Graham Beck Wines, Krone, La Motte, Môreson, Pierre Jourdan, Simonsig, Steenberg, Topiary Wines and Villiera, patrons will have the opportunity to sip and sample the finest of bubblies withough having to venture into the Winelands.  World renowned Champagnes will be represented by brands such as Billecart Salmon, Tribaut and Veuve Clicquot.
Adding to this premiere experience, visitors will be able to buy wines at exceptional prices, affording visitors the perfect opportunity to stock up for the festive season.
An R250 per person entrance fee allows you access to the event. You’ll also receive a complimentary tasting glass and booklet of tasting coupons. Additional tasting coupons will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased through www.webtickets.co.za, but hurry as tickets are limited.
So put on your glad rags and come spend the day/night tasting the stars.

Third Cap Classique Technical Seminar Day – 25 July 2012

20 June 2012  by Cap Classique Association
 
The Cap Classique Association is proud to announce the program for the third Technical Seminar Day which will be held on Wednesday 25th July 2011 at Joostenberg Conference Center, Stellenbosch.
 
To avoid any disappointment please book now as the tickets are selling quickly. This year promises to be even better and different topics than last year.
The program is as follows:
08h00 to 08h50 – Registration 09h00 to 09h15 – Welcome by Chairman, Pieter Ferreira and Update on Cap Classique.
09h15 to 10h45 – Session I
• CMC Cold Stabilization and Influence on Protein Stabilization – Presented by Nick Carkeek and Nicolas Follet from AEB and Oenosense Consulting. • The Science of Tank Cooling – Presented by Tony Gerrans from Grotto Defranceschi • Jetting Technology at Disgorging – Presented by Alain Bourgeois from IOC, Champagne and CDS-Vintec.
10h45 to 11h15 – Tea Break
11h15 to 13h00 – Session II
• The Studies on Sparkling Wine Cork Stoppers – The presentation will have three parts. • CO2 and O2 parameters in Champagne wines production: Bottle fermentation closures, Disgorging and Expedition closures – Isabelle Tribaut-Sohier from the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) • Leveraging the Internet to grow your brand online – Presented by Stacey Rumble of BrandsEye.
13h00 to 14h15 – Lunch Break 14h30 to 17h30 – Session III
Presentation and Tutored Tasting on Champagne: Francis Tribaut from  Champagne Lallier.
For bookings and further information please contact Pieter Ferreira on pieter@grahambeckwines.co.za or call 082 902 9817 or contact Sandra Lotz from the Cap Classique Association on sandra@efpromosies.co.za or 021 863 1599.               

Third Cap Classique Technical Seminar Day – 25 July 2012

20 June 2012  by Cap Classique Association
 
The Cap Classique Association is proud to announce the program for the third Technical Seminar Day which will be held on Wednesday 25th July 2011 at Joostenberg Conference Center, Stellenbosch.
 
To avoid any disappointment please book now as the tickets are selling quickly. This year promises to be even better and different topics than last year.
The program is as follows:
08h00 to 08h50 – Registration 09h00 to 09h15 – Welcome by Chairman, Pieter Ferreira and Update on Cap Classique.
09h15 to 10h45 – Session I
• CMC Cold Stabilization and Influence on Protein Stabilization – Presented by Nick Carkeek and Nicolas Follet from AEB and Oenosense Consulting. • The Science of Tank Cooling – Presented by Tony Gerrans from Grotto Defranceschi • Jetting Technology at Disgorging – Presented by Alain Bourgeois from IOC, Champagne and CDS-Vintec.
10h45 to 11h15 – Tea Break
11h15 to 13h00 – Session II
• The Studies on Sparkling Wine Cork Stoppers – The presentation will have three parts. • CO2 and O2 parameters in Champagne wines production: Bottle fermentation closures, Disgorging and Expedition closures – Isabelle Tribaut-Sohier from the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) • Leveraging the Internet to grow your brand online – Presented by Stacey Rumble of BrandsEye.
13h00 to 14h15 – Lunch Break 14h30 to 17h30 – Session III
Presentation and Tutored Tasting on Champagne: Francis Tribaut from  Champagne Lallier.
For bookings and further information please contact Pieter Ferreira on pieter@grahambeckwines.co.za or call 082 902 9817 or contact Sandra Lotz from the Cap Classique Association on sandra@efpromosies.co.za or 021 863 1599.               

Graham Beck Wines wins top ten placements in leading South African categories

Cape Town,

31 May 2012 (drinks media wire):

Graham Beck Wines has once again shown that not all that sparkles is Cap Classique; having placed in the annual top ten listings for two of South Africa’s leading varieties, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
At the Classic Chenin Blanc Top Ten for 2012 held in February, the Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2010 was among the wines selected in a category that has risen from the status of a ‘workhorse’ variety to a promising contender as South Africa’s signature wine[1]. The name Bowed Head derives from the shape the body assumes when tending the venerable vines; knees on the ground and head bowed over, in due deference. The vineyard yields tiny quantities of concentrated grapes; this giving rise to a richer, riper style with nuances of pineapple, honeysuckle and cinnamon spice. A natural, fresh acidity promises the longevity of the wine.
Because Chenin Blanc “takes on everything you give it” says winemaker Erika Obermeyer in reference to using oak, larger barrels were used exclusively to add creaminess and palate weight. The elegant austerity and minerality shown in the wine is inspired by the wines of Loire; a particular passion of Erika’s.

In quick succession, another wine made by Erika, Graham Beck The Coffeestone Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, was chosen in the Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report Top Ten 2012. The top mark of five stars awarded to the wine was decided by the judges unanimously, in the inaugural issue of a report that aims to “scrutinize the front-runners” of a variety in which South Africa “can compete with the world’s best”[2].
Cabernet Sauvignon is a favourite of Erika’s among the red varieties; a grape that she sees as a “challenge” in terms of showcasing its true-to-cultivar character and specificity. The Firgrove terroir, the source of The Coffeestone, has Erika’s highest esteem as Cabernet Sauvignon territory.

“The secret of the Firgrove terroir lies in its ancient coffeestone soils; very unique deep, granite gravel on weathering clay,” she says. “The very old bush vine vineyard we use for the Coffeestone wine is located in clear view of False Bay, from Hangklip to Simonstown, and cool breezes ensure a long and slow fruit ripening. Continual breeze controls the vigour of vineyard growth; the net result being small bunches of tiny berries with concentrated fruit, and structured but ripe tannins in the wine.”
Ripe berry fruits and tobacco spice characterise Cabernet Sauvignon produced from this terroir, and these are found in abundance in The Coffeestone. The judges for the Eedes report found “subtle notes of cassis, floral perfume and pencil shavings”; and yet exceptional fruit purity, “fresh acidity, and firm but fine tannins”. “Reigned-in power”, excellent structure and age-worthiness were noted; and the cellaring recommendation was up to 2024.

Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2010 and The Coffeestone Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 are available from the Graham Beck cellar at a price per bottle of R110 and R180 respectively. Orders can be placed with Chantel Matheus; telephone 021 874 1258 or email wineclub@grahambeckwines.co.za. Specialist retail outlets include Norman Goodfellows, Makro Woodmead, Caroline’s Fine Wine, Wine Concepts on Kloof Street, Cellars Hohenort, Cape Grace, Mount Nelson, and Parklane Cellars in Pietermaritzburg.

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Contact: Graham Beck Wines Lisa Keulder Telephone: +27 (0)21 874 1258 Cell: + 27 (0)83 656 7223 Email: lisa@grahambeckwines.co.za
Media contact: Erica Meles Public Relations Erica Liebenberg Telephone: +27 (0)21 852 5648 Cell: +27 (0)73 221 2353 Email: erica@melespr.co.za
[1] Classic Wine, February/March 2012, p. 39, ‘The Classic Chenin Blanc Top Ten’. [2]  The Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report Top Ten 2012, pp. 1 -2.