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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES (article first published : 2004-01-8)

The wine industry has worked hard in recent years at creating new opportunities for people who in the past would probably have been overlooked. One such enterprise is the Patrick Grubb Bursary, jointly funded by Patrick Grubb and the annual Nederburg wine auction. Patrick Grubb is the Englishman who has conducted every Nederburg auction for the past 29 years and who in that time has made a host of friends in South Africa.

The bursary gives previously disadvantaged people a chance to gain international experience in some of the finest wineries in the world, and the present incumbents are Patrick Ngamane (31), senior cellar assistant at Hartenberg and Jeremy Arries (25), assistant winemaker of Kanonkop. Hartenberg and Kanonkop, both Stellenbosch estates, are of course two of the biggest names on the Cape wine scene.

Patrick Ngamane visited Chateau d’Angludet in Bordeaux, France, and Jeremy Arries went to the Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo in the Douro valley of Portugal, celebrated for its port.

For both men it was their first trip overseas. They represent a new generation of black winemakers who see great opportunities for themselves in the future. Eight other young winemakers have already benefited from the bursary.

Patrick Ngamane’s parents have worked on the Backsberg estate at Paarl for more than 30 years. After matriculating he completed a two-year course in viticulture and viniculture at Elsenburg, Stellenbosch, and he has worked at Hartenberg for the past three years.

Jeremy Arries was born on Kanonkop and his parents still live there. As a youngster he was always helping in the cellar or in the vineyards. After matriculating in 1998 he started working full-time at Kanonkop and has since passed several wine exams.

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Our wine group held our Christmas tasting at the home of Joan Seebregts and she presented nine white wines, all of different types. Her objective was to try to offer the highest quality available in each category, and these were her choices for the tasting:

Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2003 (retail price about R120); Buitenverwachting Rhine Riesling 2003 (R40); Hamilton Russell Reserve Chardonnay 2002 (R150); Morgenhof Chenin Blanc; Nuy Colombard 2002 (R25); L’Ormarins Pinot Grigio 2003; Steenberg Semillon 2003 (R80); Trimbach Gewurztraminer 1992 from Alsace; and a Viognier 2002 from the Rhone valley in France.

The tasting and scoring were done blind and the marks were predictably high, with top place going to the Hamilton Russell chardonnay, second to the Steenberg semillon and third to the Steenberg sauvignon blanc, all very expensive wines.

Identifying the wines was a difficult task, but everybody was correct with the Hamilton Russell, one of the few South African white wines that taste like a top quality French wine, and with the gewurztraminer, with its strong rose petal aroma and litchi taste. – Michael Green




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