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It‟s hard to believe that yet another year
                                             PIETER  FERREIRA SCOOPS  2004
has gone…                                    DINERS CLUB WINEMAKER OF THE
2004 Saw the first of our new annual         YEAR
event, the Wacky Wine Weekend. Your
response to this activity-filled weekend
exceeded our wildest expectations. Our
                                             Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira has just received the coveted
valley was filled to full capacity with      2004 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award for his
people escaping to our country villages      1999 Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs – and a worthy winner
Bonnievale, McGregor, Montagu/Ashton         he is indeed.
& Robertson. It clearly showed us that
specially themed events is what you
want and are willing to support.             With his passion for bubbly evident, Ferreira has spent his
                                             career perfecting the art, trying out new techniques and
Another big campaign was the generic         exploring all possibilities to make a bubbly for every
marketing we did at both WineX Cape
Town and Jhb. Big bright yellow rolla        occasion and pallet.
banners with regional shots put side by
side clearly showed where our wineries       “Cap Classique has become a lifestyle - indulge this
were grouped together and we trust you       summer with some Graham Beck Fizzes… We have a
had no problem finding us.
                                             bubbly for breakfast, lunch, dinner and also just for the „pick
At our 2004 Robertson Food & Wine            me up‟. It is no longer just a drink for celebrations, it is all
Festival we introduced some new              about the „sofizztication’. Bubbly helps to stimulate the
activities: tutored food & wine pairings,
trips to the local gardens, various
                                             taste buds and also gets the whole occasion on a roll” says
competitions and wineries hosting a          Pieter.
wide range of extra activities etc.
                                             With the only challenge being which one of the bubblies to
Our most recent tourism campaign was
the launch of the Robertson Farmer‟s
                                             choose (Brut, Blanc de Blancs or Brut Rosé), take a
Market. Currently taking place the first     weekend break to Robertson Wine Valley and spend some
Friday of every month from an early          time at Graham Beck‟s tasting area. Hmmmm….
07h30 it promises to become the new
local hang-out. Stunning products and
definitely not to be missed!
                                             VILJOENSDRIFT:                             SENSITIVE                TO
To those lucky enough to take a break,
please drive safely, enjoy the holidays      SURROUNDING NATURE
and best wishes for 2005!
                                             A game boundary fence stretching more than a kilometer along a
                                             sensitive nature area in the foothills of the Riversonderend Mountains
NEWS FROM DE WETSHOF                         has been erected to stop animals from damaging vineyards and to
                                             protect the animals.
De Wetshof recently became the
1st South African winery to                  The Viljoen family has always been acutely aware of the “apron” of
simultaneously           receive             sensitive flora reaching up to the Proteas on the higher levels of the
                                             Klein Karoo veldt bordering Viljoensdrift.
accreditation for the following
standard systems:                            This “apron” harbours indigenous plants such as the beautiful river resin
                                             bush (Euryops), the tiny evening primrose (Oenothera) as well as the
-   ISO 9001: 2000 (Quality                  Gladiolus and Freesia bulbs, and the of the blue Whitlow-wart
    Management Systems)                      (Paronychia), which has an incredibly delicate fragrance.
-   SANS        0330    HACCP                Smaller buck, such as the Steenbok and Duiker as well as rare tortoises
    (Hazard Analysis Critical                and rabbits are found in the area. “We have always been aware of the
    Control Points)                          animals on the farm and having studied as a nature conservation officer
                                             before joining my dad on the farm, we all take this aspect of farming
-   BRC (Global Standards –                  extremely seriously” said winemaker Fred Viljoen.
    Food certification)

Welcome         to        Theo    Brink
FROM MUD TO GLORY FOR VAN LOVEREN:                                  GOLD FOR ZANDVLIET
“Best Value Winery 2004”, “2004 Winemaker of the Year”              Zandvliet Estate wins gold and
It’s hard to believe that just 18 months ago personnel at Van       BEST SA ENTRY at the Japan
Loveren worked frantically to wash away mud out of the cellar       Wine Challenge in Tokyo
following a flash flood. The damage the flood had caused did not    earlier this year!
however keep them down but rather inspired everyone involved        DE WETSHOF EXCELLS @ 2004
to be more focused and step up the gear - and looking back on       VERITAS AWARDS
                                                                    Since 2000 Chardonnays from De
the year it is evident that it has paid off!                        Wetshof Estate have received no less
                                                                    than 6 double gold and 9 gold medals
Bringing (among others) 2 sought after awards home; Best Value      at the annual Veritas Awards.
Winery” by Wine Magazine and Bussell Retief being named
“Winemaker of the Year” by Wine-of-the-month Club made the          At the 2004 Veritas the Danie de Wet
family very proud and happy. “Everybody has been talking            Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2004
about the flood of 2003, but these awards, together with a four     received a double gold while the De
                                                                    Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay
star Decanter score, a First Class listing with SAA, good ratings   2004,    De    Wetshof    D‟Honneur
in Wine Spectator and in the Platter guide, will help place the     Chardonnay 2003 and the Danie de
emphasis on what we do best, create wine that people really         Wet Cape Muscadel 2000 all received
enjoy” says Phillip Retief, marketing manager.                      gold medals.

More recently Van Loveren were also recognised at the Atlanta       These results reflects Danie de Wet‟s
Georgia Show with “Best Dessert Wine”, “Best Wine in                philosophy of combining the latest
Southern Hemisphere” and being “First Runner up in Entire           technology available – both in the
                                                                    vineyards and winery – with common
Show”.                                                              sense     farming,     instinct  and
                                                                    winemaking techniques.
Van Loveren has long been a hot spot for tourists in the
Robertson Wine Valley and has realised the value of wine
tourism long ago when they started making “ouma” Jean’s             NORDALE     GOES                 TO
sweetcorn fritters on Saturdays and shared her garden and the       NEDERBURG AUCTION
stories of the trees with visitors, making them feel at home and
part of the family. The most recent addition is the Fish Eagle      The 2001 Nordale Muscadel
Hiking Trail – the 8.5 km trail with the most stunning views of     which received a double gold
Van Loveren and the valley is sure to attract a lot more feet.      medal at the Veritas in 2002,
Booking is essential and can be done @ the winery (023)             was recently chosen to take part
                                                                    in the 2005 Nederburg Auction.

Bon Courage has come of age celebrating 21 years as a registered estate. This winery makes
it look so easy receiving award after award that one tends to forget that it is the result of very
hard work and a lifetime of experienced craftmanship.

The 2000 Jacques Bruere Brut Reserve was recently named the winner in the Amorin Wine
Magazine Cap Classique Challenge. This was no luck as their 2000 Jacques Bruere Brut
Reserve Blanc de blanc received a gold at the 2004 Veritas awards. Other Veritas medals
Double Gold       2004 Bon Courage Colombar-Chardonnay
Gold              2004 Bon Courage Gewurztraminer Special Late Harvest
                  2002 Inkara Cabernet Sauvignon

At the inaugural Muscadel Association Awards Bon Courage also received gold medals for both
their 2002 and 2003 White Muscadel.

T R Y          T H E S E                N E W           W I N E R I E S . . .
We’re proud to introduce you to our new wineries who have recently opened their doors for visitors. Be sure
to pay them a visit the next time you visit Robertson Wine Valley.
With the wines bearing Afrikaans names like “Oompie se Oeps”, “Miskien Christien” and “Kinteltjiesus” you
just have to know that each wine has a specific story. Contact 082 423 4231.
Home of the Champion Chenin blanc at the 2004 SA National Young Wine Show. The Marais family, Pieter
and his sons Cobus, Henry and Pieter work closely together and the current range consist of a Sauvignon
blanc, Chenin blanc, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Contact (023) 6264118
DuVon’s spunky red wine, Red Hot Mama, had visitors to the Robertson Food & Wine Festival queuing to get
their hands on some. Watch out for this new generation of Du Toit’s: Armand & Philippe still have lots up
their sleeves.
In the heart of Robertson Valley between vineyards and orchards lies Wederom. Their Sauvignon blanc and
Shiraz are hand-crafted by Philip, 4 th generation of the Du Toit family. Apart from the winery, Wederom is
also an Italian POW site, have a guest house, Hanepoot Huisies and caters for small intimate weddings.
Contact (023) 6264139.

NEW FACE @ Bonnievale cellar                                  NEW RELEASE: 2003 WELTEVREDE
Mignon   du   Plessis,   previously                           BEDROCK BLACK SYRAH
from     Overhex     is     joining
Bonnievale   Cellar    as   PRO   &                           Robertson Wine Valley in South Africa is first and foremost
Marketing. Clearly excited about                              known for their Shiraz and Chardonnay wines. The best
                                                              proof for this would be Graham Beck’s The Ridge Syrah
her new prospects she has visited
                                                              which won the award for best Shiraz in the world at the
the winery and attended tastings                              International Wine Challenge 2003.
in the region even before she was
to start at the winery.                                       It is therefore not surprising that Weltevrede Winemaker
                                                              Philip Jonker decided to produce a Syrah as his flagship red.
FRAAI UITZICHT IN A CLASS OF                                  In line with the Robertson tradition, this Syrah is an ink dark
                                                              wine with flavours of spices and creamy dark chocolates.
ITS OWN                                                       The 2003 is his maiden vintage and was release in October
If there is one thing that you can be assured of
when visiting Fraai Uitzicht it’s quality, quality            The vineyard for the Weltevrede Bedrock Black Syrah is
and lot of attention to detail. With the awards and           planted on solid rock which had to be broken to get the vines
                                                              planted. The result is small, pitch black berries with
superior ratings reeling in year after year, it is            incredible concentration of flavour. The wine is made with
clear that we aren’t the only ones thinking along             the traditional punch down method and aged in small oak
these lines.                                                  barrels of 90 % French and 10 % American oak.
   Top 100 Restuarants (Wine 2004)                           Philip Jonker noted “When my father was a young man he
   American Express Platinum Fine Dining Programme (2003,
                                                              traded two cows for an old basket press of his uncle. After
    2004 & 2005)
   Highly Commended Accommodation (AA Travel Guides          more than half a century we still use the basket press for
    Accommodation Awards 2004)                                small selections as it works very gently with the grapes.
   4 Star Grading (TGC of SA 2003 & 2004)                    Weltevrede Bedrock Black Syrah is an inky, rich wine with
   Superior Accommodation (AA Quality Assured 2003 & 2004)   flavours of plums and other dark fruit complementing meat
   Top 10 Winelands Getaways (Wine, Oct 2003)                casseroles, venison and other red meat dishes”.

                                                              DOUBLE GOLD VERITAS FOR EXCELSIOR
With developments and expansion taking place @ the            They are delighted and so they should be with
family-run Viljoensdrift, new personnel recently              their Excelsior Paddock Shiraz 2003 receiving a
                                                              double gold at the recent Veritas Awards.
joined the team. Welcome to Maurinda Booysen in
charge of the tasting room and administration and             Good news is that there are plenty of it and at +- R
Surina Burger, pubic relations officer and cruise             30 ex cellar it must be the best priced double gold
                                                              Veritas Shiraz around.
booking co-ordinator
5-STAR FEVER @ Robertson Winery
Having your wine awarded with a 5* rating in the John Platter Guide is not something that happens every day. Thus it is with
good reason that Robertson Winery winemaker, Lolly Louwrens is smiling all the way.

The 2001 Wide River Noble Late Harvest were one of only 17 wines deemed good enough to get this elusive rating. Not bad if
you take into account that 4 000 wines were originally submitted for tasting.

“When making NLH you take a great risk leaving the grapes on the vine and when noble rot doesn‟t set in, you lose
it all. But when you‟ve got that liquid gold in the bottle, it‟s more than worth the sweat” comments Lolly.

This wine exhibits rich flavours of dried apricots, almonds and honey and is a perfect partner
ALL strong cheese and toasted nuts.                 MAIDEN MCC FOR LE GRAND!
                                                                  Albertus de wet of le grand has
Thanks to the diligent winemakers @ McGregor
                                                                  fulfilled a life long dream and
Winery, Quintus Basson who joined the team earlier
in 2004 as marketing manager, had his job made just
                                                                  released his 1st le grand method
a tiny bit easier with nice awards going their way.
                                                                  cap     classique     brut
                                                                  chardonnay made from 100 %
At the 2004 SA National Young Wine Show                           chardonnay.
McGregor’s wines were chosen as the class winner in
both the Colombar and Petit Verdot categories. This               Only a limited amount is available
followed through with gold being awarded at the                   from     the    wine   sales    in
2004 Veritas Awards to their 2004 Colombard and                   voortrekker     road, robertson.
2003 White Muscadel. Keep up the good work!                       Contact (023) 6265781

                                                     During 2004 Viljoensdrift wines garnered a number of competition
Welcome Chris Nel, assistant                         medals and heaps of praise from critics for its wines in the marketplace.
winemaker      &     Marelize
                                                     Topping the list was the 2002 Viljoensdrift Cabernet Sauvignon which
Vorster, accountant!                                 claimed a Gold Veritas Award and a Double Gold at the Michelangelo
                                                     Awards, while the 2003 Shiraz and the 2004 Sauvignon blanc got a
                                                     Gold at the Michelangelo Awards.
                                                     Passengers flying SAA Business Class in November 2005 will be able
We’re passionate about our area and it               to savour the 2004 River Grandeur Chenin blanc as they wing their way
                                                     over African skies.
cannot be helped if we speak fondly, lovingly
even of it. Sometimes we go overboard trying         It was all red for Viljoensdrift’t River Grandeur range’s red wines in
                                                     the 2005 John Platter South African Wine Guide launched recently.
to explain how great it is to live here, so          Praise for the 2003 vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and
when members of the media describe us in a           Shiraz was lavished with four stars, while the 2004 Chenin blanc was
                                                     given a 3 ½ star rating.
way we would ourselves, we feel obliged to
share it with you:                                   Not to be sneezed at was a solid three star rating in Decanter for the
                                                     2002 River Grandeur Shiraz which was described by James Lawther
“If grapes could exercise choice                     MW as having among others an attractive peppery cassis nose … sweet
and become migrants, then this
                                                     and ripe oak again no the palate, but integrated.

modest stretch of the Cape
would be busier than Dover.                          RIETVALLEI muscadel IS TOPS!
                                                     With 4 star John Platter ratings for both their muscadels Rietvallei recommend
Give a grape a choice and it                         you enjoy either their Rietvallei Muscadel or their Rietvallei 1908 Muscadel
                                                     (made from the oldest SA muscadel vineyard’s grapes) as follow:
would settle in Robertson”
                           Malcolm Gluck, UK         In a cocktail glass with crushed ice and freshly sliced strawberries or in a tall
                                                     glass with soda water, fresh ginger, a mint lieaf and a slice of lemon –
And don’t we agree with him!                         REFRESHING!
You’re invited to our early morning                                             McGREGOR APRICOT FESTIVAL
                                                                                       SATURDAY, 27 NOVEMBER 2004
                                                                                Carnival procession starts @ 08h30
   @ Robertson Tourism Bureau premises                                          * Floats * Drum Majorettes * Arts
        (cnr of Voortrekker & Reitz Street, ROBERTSON)                          & Crafts Stalls * Food Stalls * Street
                                                                                Entertainment * Music
Straight from the farm:
farm CHEESE, organic VEGGIES, fresh PASTAS,                                     For more info contact (023) 6251954
homemade BISCUITS, biscotti, MUESLI, chutneys,
                                                                                FRAAI UITZICHT1798
PRESERVES, basting SAUCES, jellies, CHOCOLATE                                               proudly hosts
salami, organic FRUIT, fresh ROSES & proteas, PIES,
farm      BUTTER,          sourdough         BREAD,         foccacia      &      ‘THE HA!MAN’
BAGUETTES, rusks, XMAS CAKES, patisserie, OLIVES,                                           (Francois le Roux)

ginger beer, olive OIL              and much, much more………                      3 December 2004
DATES:            Friday, 3 December 2004                                       Francois recently performed in The
TIME:             from 07h30 (lasting about 2.5 hours)                          Royal Albert Hall.        De Kat
                                                                                magazine awarded him the De Kat
Children welcome, plenty of parking. Our market is plastic free. Please bring
your own basket or take one of the paper bags supplied.
                                                                                prize for best debut at the Innibos
                                                                                Festival @ Nelspruit in June earlier
                                                                                this year.
               FRAAI UITZICHT1798                                               Cost: R 70pp
                             proudly hosts                                      Dinner optional, booking essential
                                                                                @ (023) 626 6156.
           ‘AFRICAN SPIRIT’                                                     BON CAP – BLESSING OF
                           (The Makukhanye Choir)
                                                                                THE HARVEST
       8 & 23 December 2004                                                     Don’t miss the 3rd Blessing of the
                                                                                Harvest held at Bon Cap. White
The Makukhanye Choir‟s performance in traditional                               Rabbits will entertain you through the
dress include song and dance from the Xhosa culture.                            night!
Please book well in advance as seats are limited and
sold out quickly.                                                               DATE:          29 January 2004
                                                                                TIME:          19:30
Cost: A donation of R 40 pp will be added to the final                          PLACE:         Bon Cap Winery
bill.                                                                           COST:          R 100 pp

For more information & bookings @ (023) 626 6156.                               For more information contact (023)
VINPRO TEGNIESE VERSLAG: 2004/2005 Wingerdgroeiseisoen – hoe lyk dit tot nou

Na ‟n droë winter het wingerde ongeveer 7-10 dae later as normaal gebot. Ten spyte van ‟n relatiewe warm
periode tydens die dormansie opheffingsfase (einde April en begin Junie) het voldoende koue gedurende die
later gedeelte van die winter meegehelp dat uitbot baie mooi egaal plaasgevind het.

Wingerde het uit die staanspoor baie goed weggespring en groei kan tans as baie sterk beskryf word. Weens
die lae vlakke van damme van bergboere asook die lae vlak van die Brandvleidam en Breërivier moes
besproeiing veral in die begin van die seisoen baie oordeelkundig gedoen word.

Met die potensiële watertekorte en rooiwyn surplus ingedagte, het produsente definitief vanjaar vroeër en
strawwer lowerbestuur toegepas. Suierpraktyke is oor die algemeen baie goed gedoen, terwyl meer aandag
aan lootposisionering en gereelde tipaksie gegee sal moet word, weens die sterk groeikrag. Die watersituasie
het na die goeie reën van begin en middel Oktober baie verbeter, maar die vlak van die Brandvleidam
noodsaak steeds waterbeperkings. Genoemde reën het ook met donderweer gepaard gegaan en het verdere
stikstof vir die wingerdstokke beskikbaar gestel en meegehelp dat die groei selfs versnel het.    Die twee
reënperiodes van onderskeidelik ongeveer 50 mm en 35 mm het die grondwatervlakke baie goed aangevul en
waar tekortbesproeiing veral op die swaarder gronde nagestreef word,          sal geen verdere besproeiing
toegedien word voordat die eerste stremsimptome na set visueel sigbaar raak nie. In sommige gevalle word
dit selfs bevraagteken of voldoende stremming gou genoeg na set bereik sal kan word om tekort besproeiing
suksesvol te kan toepas.

Primêre infeksie periodes vir donsige skimmel is met die reën van begin Oktober by meeste weerstasies
rapporteer,   terwyl sekondêre infeksie periodes slegs by enkele stasies met die reën van 20 Oktober
rapporteer is. Ten spyte van hierdie infeksie periodes is die voorkoms van donsskimmel tans nog beperk tot
geïsoleerde gevalle.

Wingerde is oor die algemeen tans nog baie mooi gesond, maar die swamsiektedruk is redelik hoog en
gevolglik behoort goed gemonitor te word vir enige siektesimptome, terwyl goeie voorkomende
spuitprogramme sterk aanbeveel word.

Gesien in die lig van trosgetalle en grootte van trosse blyk dit dat ‟n baie goeie oes vir die 2005 seisoen
verwag kan word. Dit mag meebring dat goeie oesbeheer rondom ertjiekorrel en deurslaan fase veral op rooi
druiwe nodig mag wees om die gewensde kwaliteit te verseker.

                                                       For   more
                                                    BRIAAN STIPP     info
                                                       contact Dewald or
                                                    VINPRO STREEKSWINGERDKONSULTANT
                                                       Alkie   on  (023)

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