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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES #191 (article first published : 2008-02-15)

The Robertson Wine Valley will hold its fifth annual Wacky Wine Weekend from June 6 to 8, a winter festival that encompasses a good deal more than wine.

More than 40 wineries from the valley will be participating in the festival, to be held at the town of Robertson, and there will be many meet-the-winemaker tastings, plus dining options that include boerekos, riverside picnics, Italian cuisine and sushi.

In addition, however, there will be other activities that include boat trips, tractor trips, sunset game drives, live music, circus acts, a display of Ferrari cars, motor-cycle side-car rides, fireworks and a mountain bike race.

Children’s entertainments include feeding farm animals, fishing and pony rides.

The organisers are very sensibly conducting a “taste responsibly” campaign, with ten-seater buses available for hire by the day, and a shuttle service.

Robertson is about 175 km north-east of Cape Town, about two hours’ drive. It is a genial kind of place in a lovely setting and is well worth a visit if you are in the Western Cape. For details of the Wacky Wine Weekend phone 023 626 3167.

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One of the best known wine estates in the Robertson area, Zandvliet, has won a gold medal at the international 2007 Syrah du Monde wine competition held in France. The winning wine was Zandvliet Kalkveld Shiraz 2003, sub-titled Hill of Enon Small Berry Pick.

The Syrah de Monde is intended to choose the best syrah (shiraz) in the world. South African wines won seven gold medals, second only to France, which won 13.

Zandvliet has another cause to celebrate. In addition to wine, it is a prominent racehorse stud, and one of its products, Pocket Power, has been named South African horse of the year at the annual Equus Awards.

The prize-winning Kalkveld Shiraz Hill of Enon will shortly be available at the farm and at some bottle stores at about R290 a bottle.

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The language of marketing (the fancy word for selling) becomes ever more lyrical and even philosophical. Nederburg, South Africa’s top-selling name in premium wine, are bringing out some of their products in redesigned bottles and labels, and this is what Nederburg’s marketing manager, Misti Watson, has to say: “Wine consumers have to navigate their way through an increasingly populated universe of labels. We want to stand out, communicate our proposition right away and make decision-making simpler for people”.

And discussing a new wine she says: “It bends the boundaries by exploring new tastes and concepts in blending, and its specialist positioning is amplified by the choice of novel bottles and exclusive packaging touches”. – Michael Green




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