Members of the Swartland Santam Wine Route once again impressed during the recent Swartland Young Wine Show. Ten wineries from the Darling and Swartland WO-regions participated this year, and were awarded a total of 35 class winners, as well as 27 silver- and 52 bronze awards. Class winners are named from among the gold and silver medallists, each of which represents the paragon in their particular category. This year an additional gold award was presented, but did not receive class winner status since the given class had two gold medallists and the wine with the highest total mark receives the title of class winner.
The Young Wine Show is seen as a technical competition that allows winemakers to measure their latest vintages against those of their contemporaries and test the quality of new wines and wine styles on a larger scale. In the Swartland region, wines that are awarded silver and gold medals are considered for both class winner awards and the region's various trophies.
Back: Eljay Geldenhuys ; Eric Mnyango, Alecia Boshoff, Eric Saayman, Zakkie Bester (All from Riebeek Cellars);
Bertus Kloppers (Santam)
Middle: Tharien Hansen; Christo Somers; André Engelbrecht (All from Riebeek Cellars)
Front: Francois Duckitt & Dewald Huisamen (Pulpit Rock); Pieter-Niel Rossouw (Darling Cellars); Thembile Ntloko (Riebeek Cellars); Van der Bijl Brink & Hermias Nieuwoudt (Pulpit Rock)
Photograph : courtesy of Die Courant”
Local trophy winners for 2017 include:
According to Zakkie Bester, chairman of the Swartland Wine Show Association, the results of the 2017 harvest is an indication of the versatility and ingenuity of the region's winemakers.
"The 2017 harvest, much like the one that went before, was subjected to drought conditions coupled with very little irrigation water and a dry winter that preceded it. As such, we weren't expecting a wonderful yield, but despite our reservations, our vineyards lived up to their stalwart reputation and the region's wineries were able to deliver wines of outstanding quality. Our Chenin Blanc and rare red cultivars in particular performed very well and yielded very good results. Our champion wine was also a major surprise this year. The Swartland's top achiever of 2017 was a fortified wine - a sweet white wine that is not commonly made here. This just shows the versatility of our region - we can rise up to any challenge,” Bester commented via telephone.
The results of the 2017 Swartland Young Wine Show were celebrated at Evita se Perron in Darling on Friday 18 August.
From Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route
The Riebeek Valley is a little piece of paradise, nestled on the slopes of the majestic and beautiful Kasteelberg Mountain. The rural atmosphere of this quaint valley, coupled with the beauty of the area, is the perfect getaway from city life, with the quirky & friendly locals adding an interesting flavour.
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