SA a favourite at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

Dr. Carien Coetzee 11 March 2019 The competition in short: The 2019 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon took place in the Udine, a town located in the picturesque Friuli-Venezia-Guilia (see location) in Italy. The three-day event is associated with the annual Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, and is exclusively dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc. Seventy-three jurors from all around the world were tasked … Read More

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Stability of Sauvignon blanc aroma after fermentation

Dr. Carien Coetzee 27 February 2019 With most Sauvignon blanc ferments coming to an end, it is important to already start thinking of preservation techniques. Great care was taken during harvest and strategic winemaking techniques were employed for the optimal formation of aromatics: now to lock it all in. Compounds differ immensely in their stability, for instance, the methoxypyrazines are … Read More

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Increasing methoxypyrazines using skin contact and increased pressures…more trouble than it is worth?

Dr. Carien Coetzee 18 February 2019 In general, winemakers will agree that juice quality will change during the pressing cycle and (depending on the style of wine) will prefer to use free run juice or slightly pressed fractions for the production of the premium Sauvignon Blanc wines. The reasoning behind the strategy is multifold; in this blog, we will look … Read More

isabeauIncreasing methoxypyrazines using skin contact and increased pressures…more trouble than it is worth?

Sauvignon blanc under investigation

Current research at the University of Stellenbosch (Oenology) The University of Stellenbosch has several projects underway with the star of the show being Sauvignon blanc! Scientists are eager to explore the variety’s unique characteristics from multiple perspectives – in the vineyard, the winery and the sensory. Below is a brief summary of the current and prospective projects in the Oenology … Read More

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Seafood & Sauvignon – get fresh this weekend

  Scoop, slurp, sip, swirl.  Once the guests have arrived, these black beauties are on the table, and the wine is poured, that’s all that will be left to do.  Oh. And soak.  You’ll need some good bread to soak up those juices.  Once you taste it, you’ll know what we mean. Here’s this weekend’s fresh and splendid lunch sorted. Remember … Read More

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This Year’s #FNBTop10 Revealed!

Still reeling from the glitz and Sauvignon Blanc at our glamorous #FNBTop10 awards evening last night? So are we! It’s hard to believe it’s all over and we have to wait another year to do it all again. And… *drumroll* …here are our newly crowned winners! Tadaaaaah. Congratulate them, please do. And if you can visit them, we’d highly recommend … Read More

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FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Winners Show Terroir and Accurate Winemaking

The Durbanville Wine Valley dominated this year’s FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Competition, South Africa’s leading wine competition dedicated to recognising wines made from the country’s most popular single white grape varietal. Four of this year’s FNB Top 10 wines are based in Durbanville with awards going to Diemersdal Winter Ferment 2018, Nitida Wild Child Sauvignon Blanc 2017, D’Aria The … Read More

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Wednesday evening, the Top10 Sauvignon blanc wines will be announced. The cream of the crop was carefully selected from the finest Sauvignon blanc wines in South Africa!

Now is the perfect time to recap on the 2017 winning wines before the newcomers take the spotlight! In case you missed the roadshows (and some seriously interesting discussions!) which took place in the past few months, here are links to download the information sheets on the respective wines:   2017 FNB SAUVIGNON BLANC TOP 10 Technical Data Chemical Composition … Read More

adminWednesday evening, the Top10 Sauvignon blanc wines will be announced. The cream of the crop was carefully selected from the finest Sauvignon blanc wines in South Africa!

Judges Have Their Say on this Year’s FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Competition

Diversity, quality and pleasure for the consumer. That’s what the judges of this year’s FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Competition found while sniffing and sipping their way through the line-up of entrants for this year’s event, the results of which are to be announced on 10 October.   According to Winnie Bowman, Cape Wine Master, it was refreshing to see … Read More

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Tim Atkin says it’s time South African Sauvignon Blanc is taken Seriously

In his much-anticipated 2018 report on the state of the South African wine industry, British wine critic Tim Atkin MW makes a strong case for the country’s Sauvignon Blanc to be taken seriously – despite wine pundits’ penchant for focussing on other varieties with a seemingly sexier image. “Talk to most young winemakers in South Africa about Sauvignon, especially the … Read More

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