It has been an amazing awards season for winemaker, Susan Erasmus and her team. Their hard work and efforts have been recognized in the past few months when medals have been awarded for some of our newest wines.
It has all gone by so quickly but every now and again we would hear a whoop of joy from the to celebrate one of our wines being recognized by a medal.
Here, the reason for Susan and Ansone’s big smiles the past couple of weeks:
Syrah 2009: Gold Michelangelo 2012
Marguerite 2011: Gold Veritas 2012
Artisan Chenin blanc : Gold Michelangelo 2012
Barrique 2011: Classic wine 2012 Top 6
Casey’s Ridge Viognier 2011: Silver Michelangelo 2012
Apart from the excitement of our awards we are all very proud of the new vintage of Mocholate that has been released. The 2012 Red Lady will follow shortly – we know some customers are anxiously awaiting this release. Two wines which I am very excited about and which I think will create quite a stir with our clients is our brand new Kogelberg Chenin Blanc and the Babylonsig Pinotage. The grapes used for this Chenin Blanc were of an extremely high quality and from a single vineyard block which was specifically chosen by Susan and Etienne and named Kogelberg in advance of the harvest. As mentioned this wine has already been awarded a gold Michelangelo this year and we are expecting more great things to come.
The Babylonsig Pinotage was a project initiated by our management to empower the cellar and farm workers, thereby giving them a project that they could take ownership of. This is also the first Pinotage ever released by Vrede en Lust. With the close guidance of Susan, the farm and cellar team were allowed to select and care for a section of the Pinotage vineyard and took charge of the winemaking process of this beautiful, one of a kind Pinotage.