As we await moving to Level 1 on Monday with bated breath and have the carrot of international travel returning, albeit with significant conditions, from 1 October we celebrate the arrival of spring in the vineyard with bud break in our merlot block!
The last week has been notable for us with the news that 3 of our wines received 90 points and over in the prestigious Sommeliers Choice Awards in the United States. Chenin Blanc 2019 picked up 90 points, Cabernet Franc Reserve 2017 93 points and our spicy Bordeaux styled blend Visionaire a stunning 94 points! This will certainly help with our sales efforts in the United States as these awards are tasted blind by sommeliers, wine buyers and wine directors at on consumption locations around the USA.
Last night, in fact early this morning, I was delighted to present the Visionaire via Zoom to the guests of New Jersey’s leading independent jeweller. The event was sponsored by Cartier and hosted by Forbes Food & Wine Correspondent Brian Freedman. We had guests joining from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, New York and the Hamptons so it was pretty much a coast to coast affair. The Visionaire made us proud and showed very well against a Bordeaux wine twice the price!
The move to Level 1 means that Franschhoek will be celebrating Franschhoek Uncorked on the weekend 6-8 November. We have paired up with Franschhoek’s favourite son, Chef Reuben Riffel, to present a food and wine pairing dinner. With only 40 tickets available we expect the event to be quickly sold out. On Saturday and Sunday, we will be hosting a rosé themed brunch featuring bottomless Rothko rosé and a pink inspired brunch offering. The main Uncorked celebration will see Langa based star sax player Neo with his DJ friend and a great marimba player entertain us under a Bedouin tent with wine tastings, a spit roast and special wine offers to keep everyone entertained.
This week saw the launch of the 2016 vintage of our signature Bordeaux blend Big G! A typical left bank Bordeaux blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 19% cabernet franc and 11% merlot combine with an explosion of dark fruits, graphite and cigar box.
To celebrate we will be offering 10% off Big G until midnight Sunday. Minimum order 6 bottles, over 18s, SA residents only.
Yours in wine!
Gerard & Migo