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Classic Wine Trophy: les rouges un ton au-dessus

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RVF article 2012.05.31

Le vin fait partie de notre culture, nous nous devons de l'enseigner », l'institutrice sud-africaine qui nous tient ces propos vient de terminer la visite d'un domaine viticole à Constantia, non loin du Cap, ponctuée par un cours de dégustation avec ses élèves de CM2.

Dans leurs verre à pied, pas encore de vin mais du jus de raisin. L'objectif est d'éveiller les sens aux odeurs et au goût de ces jeunes enfants, de leur faire découvrir ce que, sur place, on considère comme une fierté, la production de vin.

Les dégustateurs en herbe jouent le jeu, agitent leur verre, captent les senteurs, essaient de les décrire, dégustent et expriment leur ressenti. « Je leur explique que le vin est un produit noble et j'espère que beaucoup d'entre eux deviendront des amateurs dans les années à venir », conclut l'institutrice. Quant aux enfant, ils ont adoré !

English version:

The wine being part of our culture, we have a duty to teach about it.
This primary school teacher explaining this to us just finished her wine class at the Groot Constantia wine estate.
In their glasses not some wine yet but grape juice.. "The idea is to educate and familiarise their palate to different taste and smell, to show them that here on the property we are proud of our heritage"

The young apprentice play along, swirl they glasses, capture the aromas as well as trying to describe et discuss they feeling around it.
"I'm showing them that wine is a noble product and I sincerely hope that many pf them will become wine amateur in the years to come" says the teacher.
As per the kids...They love it.


Glen Carlou Wins Bacchus Trophy at Classic Wine Trophy Show

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Glen Carlou was announced as the overall winner at the 14th Classic Wine Trophy Show at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town on the evening of Friday 9th March. Chief Winemaker Arco Laarman collected the Bacchus Trophy along with two gold medals for the 2010 Chardonnay and the 2008 Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Classic Wine Trophy is conducted in association with leading French wine publication, La Revue du VIN de France. The competition is unique in two ways: Wines are adjudicated by a panel of French judges and a limited number of 17 medals are awarded to ensure legitimacy and credibility for winners.

The purpose of the competition is to recognize, reward and promote wines of elegance, balance and finesse. The wines awarded must also show the ability to age well. The Classic Wine Trophy is given to the most iconic entry, a wine made with patience and excellence.
Arco Laarman, Glen Carlou's Chief Winemaker who accepted the awards, says, "We are extremely happy with the results and the feedback on the wines from the French judges. It is acknowledgment of our commitment to produce wines of quality and excellence with a true expression of South African terroir."

The 2010 Chardonnay and 2008 Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon are currently available through selected fine wine retailers, restaurants and Glen Carlou's Visitor Centre. The RRP is R90.00 and R375 respectively a bottle.


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cwtClassic Wine Trophy 2012

Submitted by Open space on 13 March, 2012 - 17:58
One of the most focused and fun wine competitions, the Classic Wine Trophy, announced the winners of its 14th annual edition last Friday at The Pavilion at the Table Bay Hotel.
The event is organised by Christophe Durand, proprietor of Vins D'Orrance.
The point of difference lies in all the judges having French-atuned palates (the majority are French with one ex-pat South African, Pieter de Villiers, who's a co-owner of Domaine Mas Angel in Roussillon); some live and make wine locally, others come over from La France, notably Olivier Poels, editor of La Revue de Vin de France. Their brief is to select elegant wines with ageing potential; some years they do better than others. Certainly having tasted all the winners from the close to 400 entries, at the awards ceremony, 2012 is one of the better years, for the whites especially and chardonnay in particular.
Normally, selections are limited to five whites and ten red, with a fizz and dessert wine having their own categories ; some years there is no winner in the latter two categories. Conversely, this year, there was a sixth white – the Saronsberg Viognier 2010 – a coup de coeur – or 'a winner from the heart' that they just couldn't ignore. It is indeed the antithesis of those over ripe, oily, oaky numbers with varietal purity in a restrained, fresh frame.
Several names are familiar to the winners' list: Hamilton Russell, Groot Constantia, Cape Chamonix and Tokara, but it is good to see less well-known wineries breaking into the winning ranks: Julien Schaal with my white wine of the evening, Super Single Vineyards with their Mount Sutherland Syrah from what must be the coldest vineyards in the country in the Northern Cape, Malgas Sijnn from close the mouth of the Breede River (see my article about this wine here), Delaire Graff Botmaskop, a blend of Bordeaux varieties with shiraz and the duo from Perdeberg.
Like a stuck needle, the French again criticised our sauvignons for being too green, but are equally upbeat about our pinot noirs!
Arco Laarman, winemaker at Glen Carlou, was a popular winner of the Bacchus Trophy as well as two barriques from coopers Gillet and Darnajou, sponsors of the competition with The Table Bay Hotel and Verallia.


En Afrique du Sud, le vin s'apprend à l'école primaire
INSOLITE
par Olivier Poels >>>

En Afrique du Sud, les élèves de primaire sont initiés à la dégustation... pas de vin mais de jus de raisin. Le but, éveiller leurs sens et leur faire découvrir la production de vin.

Publié le 13 mars 2012

« Le vin fait partie de notre culture, nous nous devons de l'enseigner », l'institutrice sud-africaine qui nous tient ces propos vient de terminer la visite d'un domaine viticole à Constantia, non loin du Cap, ponctuée par un cours de dégustation avec ses élèves de CM2.

Dans leurs verre à pied, pas encore de vin mais du jus de raisin. L'objectif est d'éveiller les sens aux odeurs et au goût de ces jeunes enfants, de leur faire découvrir ce que, sur place, on considère comme une fierté, la production de vin.

Les dégustateurs en herbe jouent le jeu, agitent leur verre, captent les senteurs, essaient de les décrire, dégustent et expriment leur ressenti. « Je leur explique que le vin est un produit noble et j'espère que beaucoup d'entre eux deviendront des amateurs dans les années à venir », conclut l'institutrice. Quant aux enfants, ils ont adoré !


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