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Liquor update

Aug 30th 2011, 08:20

August 2011
Liquor update
Wine producers on have been winning prestigious awards of late

Durbanville Hills scooped up Two national Terrior Awards in two categories: South African Terroir Wine Awards this year. The 2009 Durbanville Hills Biesjes Craal Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Merlot Rosé were the top scorers in the Sauvignon blanc and Rosé categories, respectively.

The 2011 vintage of Neethlingshof’s Gewürztraminer wowed the judges at the 2011 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards and was declared a national winner and top performer in its class. Winemaker De Wet Viljoen says what makes the wine so special is that it is sweet on the nose but not on the palate.

The Laborie Alambic Brandy was recently awarded 99.5 points at an awards ceremony hosted by the South African Wine Index (SAWI). The SAWI is a multi vintage wine rating, deducted from the combined preferences of a diverse group of wine judges.

South African wine has always been a firm favourite, both locally and internationally, and latest news from SAWIS (S.A Wine Industry Information and Systems regarding the 2011 harvest remains equally positive. SAWI reports that: “Wine produced in 2011 is estimated at 827.5 million gross litres which is 6.1% (47.7 million litres) more than in 2010”

It will be interesting to see what impact this increased harvest will have on margins for wine producers and retailers in time to come.

Wendy Smith

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