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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES #178 (article first published : 2007-07-20)

The Two Oceans brand of wines, well known in South Africa as offering good value, is steadily expanding its international export market.

Two Oceans wines are produced by the Cape-based liquor giant Distell, and there are now about ten wines in the range. Exports are the main objective, with Canada providing the biggest market. Don Gallow, who heads Distell’s international operations, says that Two Oceans have increased their exports to Canada by 36 percent in the past year, and the brand is now one of Canada’s top ten and the leading South African wine trademark in Canada.

The Two Oceans label is also set to increase its exports to Germany, thanks to sales agreements with to two chains of grocery shops involving 1,200 outlets. Further gains for these wines have been made in India, China and Latin America. Sales in South Africa are only 17 percent of the total for Two Ocean wines but Don Gallow says this is regarded as an important and growing market, which has in fact expanded by 20 percent in the past year. Among the Two Oceans wines available in South Africa are a very good, fruity, berry-flavoured cabernet sauvignon-merlot blend and an attractive, dry, fresh sauvignon blanc.

Distell says with justifiable pride that its good export results have been achieved in spite of “the harsh trading conditions brought on by the ongoing international wine oversupply”. I would have thought an oversupply would mean a reduction in prices all round, but so far I have seen no sign of this whatsoever in my friendly neighbourhood liquor stores. Have you?

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Elgin Vintners, a partnership of six Elgin grape growers, have been awarded a gold medal at the annual world awards of the Decanter wine magazine, which is published in England. Elgin Vintners won the gold award in the red Bordeaux blends category and won three silver medals with other wines.

The winning red was the intriguingly named Elgin Vintners Agama 2005, the agama being a lizard which lives in the fynbos of the Cape. The wine is a blend of 71 percent cabernet sauvignon and 29 percent merlot and it was matured in French oak barrels for 10 months. It has aromas of caramel and cinnamon, with plums, blackberries and hints of pepper and licorice on the palate. It retails at about R110 a bottle in South Africa.

Elgin is a lovely farming area about 75 kilometres east of Cape Town, on the N2 between Cape Town and Durban. Elgin Vintners have a tasting room on Beaulieu farm just off the N2 behind the Peregrine farm stall. It is open for tastings and sales Monday to Saturday and lunches can be arranged on request. There is a beautiful dam nearby and visitors may bring their own picnics. Phone 021 848 9587.




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