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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES (article first published : 1999-10-19)

The The Stellenbosch Road Show, formerly called the Stellenbosch Bottled Wine Show will soon be in Durban again for its annual visit. The show, which presents the products of about 35 estates and winemakers, will be held at the Durban Country Club on November 8 and at the Kloof Country Club on November 9. Both functions will run from 18h00 to 21h00.

Stellenbosch winemakers believe that theirs is the top wine-p[roducing area in the Cape and their show aims to prove that point. The exhibitors include many of the most distinguished names on the Cape wine map: Alto, Beyerskloof, Blaauwklippen, Delheim, Delaire, Fort Simon, Eikendal, Hartenberg, Goede Hoop, Jordan, Jacobsdal, Kanonkop, Kleine Zalze, Ken Forrester, L’Avenir, Lievland, Le Bonheur, Middelvlei, Morgenhof, Neethlingshof, Rust en Vrede, Rustenberg, Simonsig, Somerbosch, Stellenbosch Vineyards, Stellenzicht, Uitkyk, Uitzicht, Vriesenhof, Verdun and Zonnebloem.

Five of these are newcomers to the road show: Uitzicht, Fort Simon, Delaire, Kleine Zalze and Somerbosch. Fort Simon’s 1998 chenin blanc was recently chosen for SAA’s First Class and the same producer’s 1998 chardonnay was rated four stars by Wine magazine. Other particularly distinguished wines to watch out for are Delheim 1998 cabernet, Jacobsdal 1995 pinotage, Middelvlei 1995 pinotage/merlot, L’Avenir 1997 cabernet, L’Avenir 1999 chenin blanc and Delaire 1998 cabernet/merlot, another SAA First Class wine. Wine lovers will have three hours to chat to the winemakers and taste a selection of more than 100 wines.

Stellenbosch started the first wine route just over 25 years ago and today it is estimated that 800,000 tourists, local and international, visit this route annually. Booking for the road show is at Computicket at a cost of R38 per person, including a glass. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door at R35 each on both evenings but to make sure of admission it would be wisest to book in advance.

The winemakers of Robertson Valley will present their wines at a tasting at the Royal Hotel, Durban, from 15h00 to 20h00 on October 28. More than 100 wines will be available for tasting from 20 wineries.

The public will have the opportunity of discussing the wines with winemakers from Agterkliphoogte winery, Ashton winery, Bon Courage estate, Bonnievale, De Wetshof, Excelsior, Goedverwacht, Graham Beck, Jonkheer, McGregor, Merwespont, Nordale, Rietvallei, Robertson winery, Roodezandt, Rooiberg, Springfield, Van Loveren, Van Zylshof, Weltevrede and Zandvliet.

Tickets at R20 a head for unlimited tastings will be available at the door on the night.


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