Stellar Programme Announced For SBIG Technical Seminar


For immediate release 2014.11.14


The Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group of South Africa (SBIG), in proud partnership with First National Bank
(FNB), invites all interested parties to attend the SBIG Technical Seminar, which will take place on
Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at Allée Bleue in Simondium.

The SBIG Technical Seminar aims to elevate awareness and knowledge of Sauvignon Blanc, provide
technical information to the local industry, and to profile and benchmark South Africa’s foremost examples
of this popular noble varietal against leading international counterparts. The event is sponsored by FNB,
as part of its long-term commitment to promote excellence in the making, as well as the marketing of
South African Sauvignon Blanc on a local and global stage.

“This platform encourages constructive engagement which could further elevate the status of the South
African wine industry. We believe that this occasion will not only enable local wine enthusiasts and
experts to interact with their global counterparts, it will also help local producers understand the needs of
the international market,” said Stephan Claassen, FNB Business Provincial Head: Western Cape.

The programme for this year’s seminar will include a presentation on Sauvignon Blanc in the Vineyard by
industry body VinPro, as well as an analysis on the state of Sauvignon Blanc in SA by Gavin Ditmar, the
CEO of Meridian. Erica Crawford, managing principal of Loveblock Vintners Ltd in New Zealand and
prominent business figure, will present an overview, as well as a tasting of prominent New Zealand
Sauvignon Blancs, while Charles Hopkins, cellar master at De Grendel and leading wine judge, will
discuss bottling and common faults in Sauvignon Blanc.

Delphine Le Notre, a renowned flavourist at Sarco in Switzerland, will shed light on the interesting topics
of mechanisms of olfaction, origin of flavours in White Sauvignon, and the recognition of flavours and
odour in wine. The seminar will conclude with feedback about the recent FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10
competition, as well as an informal tasting of this year’s Top 10 winning wines.

The FNB SauvignonBlanc Top 10 Competition is the country’s only wine showcase devoted exclusively to

Sauvignon Blanc and annually honours the most innovative and distinctive South African wines in this category.

Registration will take place prior to the seminar, from 08:30 till 09:00 on 3 December 2014, and the event
will end at approximately 16:00. Tea/coffee and lunch will be served. The registration fee is R500.00 for
SBIG members and R700.00 for non-members, and registration is compulsory for all attendees.

For more information regarding the seminar or to obtain a registration form, please contact Anka du Toit before 24 November 2014 at 12:00.

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Issued by Marlene Truter Communications
Contact: Marlene Truter
tel 083 294 6060

On behalf of SBIG
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