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The lastest news from Bouchard Finlayson including new releases, achievements, recent and upcoming events. Read the Full Article http://www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za/newsletters/july-2014/index.php

Jancis Robinson MW extols the virtues of The Cape’s “New Wave” Swartland region – South African wine - Financial Times, 11th July 2014   Read Full Article Here    

Seckford Agencies are proud to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious South African Specialist Merchant of the Year Trophy for 2014, courtesy of the International Wine Challenge (IWC) Won jointly with Handford Wines of London, we are extremely pleased that our depth of range, customer service levels and acknowledgment of investment in the wines of South Africa has been recognised by the judges.  We very much look forward to introducing more of our South African offering to our customers well into 2015!

Excerpt from The Sunday Times -  8th June 2014, Bob Tyrer. Part of me has been feeling glum because I feared that my little plot of vines was suffering from leaf roll virus, a scourge of modern viticulture. It makes the leaves go a lovely red but blocks photosynthesis, so they can’t do their job of converting sunlight into Château Bob. There is no cure. I was thinking of pulling them up, yet they are so young. Enter one of New Zealand’s greatest winemakers, Larry McKenna of Escarpment Vineyard in Martinborough, who was here for the London Wine Fair. Invited to lunch...

Coriole Estate sits high in the undulating hills of the McLaren Vale, within sight of the sea and just an hour from Adelaide.  Original farm buildings, which sit proudly in the centre of the garden and cellar door of the winery were built in 1860, with the first vines being planted immediately after the end of World War 1.  A property of 33 hectares, the scale of production is bijou when compared to some of the more commercial McLaren Vale growers.  After a Seckford Agencies team visit in May this year, it was...

Congratulations to Paul Cluver Wines for their outstanding result in the Decanter World Wine Awards! Their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc snapped up the International Trophy for "Best Sauvignon Blanc under £15". One of only 33 International Trophy winners from initial entries totalling over 15,000; this is a stunning achievement and is just recognition for one of South Africa's most dynamic and en vogue, cool climate growers.    
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It is with great pride that Seckford Agencies announce the induction of Larry McKenna into the 2014 New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame. Larry is a leading pioneer of Pinot Noir in New Zealand and has worked tirelessly over four decades to cement Martinborough as arguably New Zealand’s finest region for this varietal.  Since establishing Martinborough Vineyards in the 1980’s, Larry has sought to prove to the world that Martinborough possesses the dynamism, potential and ambition required to become a globally recognised premier wine producing wine region and to lovingly express the unique terroir it possesses .
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Rustenberg John X Merriman and Glenelly Lady May make the Top 10 SA reds according to Rose Murray Brown in The Scotsman on Sunday Read Full Article      
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A Word From Peter The Lagoon at the end of Hermanus has been open to the ocean for the past six months resulting in a rush of water so great that it exposed the rubble from the old Birkenhead Hotel, which had been buried some 25 years ago. The significance of this is a gross illustration of the wet season experienced by our Walker Bay appellation. Our local drinking water storage dam has been running over the spillway and two spells of monsoon rain events left their mark with necessary repairs on our north west facing slopes. Despite this wet harvest we...
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Harvest is coming to a close, and at this stage things are looking good overall. Pinotage - an early ripener - started veraison in early January, approximately ten days later than the 2013 vintage. The growing conditions have been great thus far.  We were graced with 47mm of rain in week two, which is unusually high for this time of year and fantastic for our unirrigated vineyards. The vines resisted the 40 degree heat wave that came late in January thanks to the rain and some hard work...