Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Shiraz Showcase at the CTICC

Since its inception in 2009, the Shiraz Showcase has grown and, this year, it took place at the CTICC for the first time, previous venues having become too small to accommodate it. Shiraz has become a signature varietal for South Africa and shiraz plantings now account for about 11% of the national vineyard. CTICC is a good venue for this huge showcase of shiraz and it was a very good tasting indeed this year. It was difficult to manage to taste more than half of what is on show, but we tried. It is always a very social evening as well and we met lots of you enjoying yourselves

Zia and Michiel du Toit were showing the Landskroon shirazes
 Dewald and Tania Heyns of Saronsberg
 Richard Hilton, assisted by Eleanor Swanepoel, was showing his Hilton wines
 The Pebbles Project is doing wonderful work to make sure that children in the winelands are properly educated. Charmaine Gola was there to encourage support
  Anetha Volschenk with Oldenburg GM Philip Costandius
 These "Mexicans" serenaded us while we had supper
 The team from Kleinood showed their Tamboerskloof shiraz
Spicer de Villiers, Jessica Sauerwein and Gunther Schultz
Reinier van Greunen of Spruitdrift Cellar
 with Petra and Nico van der Merwe of Saxenburg and Nico van der Merwe Wines
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015
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