WOSA's in the zone
For every bottle of No House wine sold by UK distributor Roger Harris Wines, 17p goes towards providing new homes for AIDS
orphans in South Africa. Making its debut
this year, the range
consists of a Pinotage rosé, Cabernet Merlot and Chenin Blanc .
With the sale of 13,800 bottles, the Home Plan charity can provide one pre-fabricated home to a family of children in Africa who have lost both their parents to AIDS.
Look out for Cape Diamond Vineyards' new premium range on the Stratford's stand. It c urrently embraces
a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay
and there are plans to add two reds later in the year. Only the top vineyard blocks of each harvest will be selected for
the Diamond Collection.
A new varietal range called African Ethos
will also be on taste alongside the original Lutzville Cape Diamond varietal range which is now bottled under Stelvin.
Stratford's has recently acquired the De Grendel winery, which
has one of the coolest climates in the Western Cape. De Grendel will show two new wines - Winifred Semillon/Chardonnay/Viognier and a Pinotage Rosé. Stand F22
The Dark Side 2006 is a new Cabernet/Shiraz blend from Darling-based
Cloof. Targeted at the off-trade,
its name and packaging are a reference to the wine's concentrated black fruit character .
Joining The Dark Side is Pinotage-based Cloof Inkspot Vin Noir 2005 and The Very Sexy Shiraz 2006. The trio
carry the strapline:
Nature. Cellar Blend 2004, Crucible Shiraz 2004 and Lynchpin 2005 - Cloof's Bordeaux blend , launched en primeur last year - will also be on taste. Stand L40/L50
Stellenbosch-based Middelvlei Wine Estate will show its core range of six wines at WOSA's pavilion. Consisting of a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chardonnay, a Pinotage, a Shiraz
Pinotage/Merlot blend , the
with the wineries' Black Road range, created by winemaker Tinnie Momberg and his brother and vineyard manager Ben Momberg. Stand L40/L50
As part of a push towards what it calls "grab-and-go convenience", the Company of Wine People has introduced a
six-pack and a ready-for-retail tray of its 25cl Arniston Bay bottles.
Chris O'Shea, executive director of sales and marketing, says: "Sales of 25cl
bottles are growing, driven by lifestyle trends such as increased demand from singles, particularly women, and convenience and health issues. The evidence is that many 25cl consumers are already making multiple purchases of single bottles so we have designed two packs to make handling, retailing and buying Arniston Bay wines in this size that much easier."
Having joined forces with premium wine estate Lourensford last year, Hatch Mansfield will show the 2006 vintage of the Lourensford Five Heirs red wines.
New blend Eden Crest Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot will be on taste, a s will the 2007 vintage Sauvignon Blancs in the Eden Crest and Five Heirs ranges, the winery's flagship
1700, the Estate Viognier 2005 and the Noble Late Harvest Semillon 2004. Lourensford chief executive Anton du Toit will join international business development manager Thys Lombard at the
show. Stand S60
Sporting updated packaging, Bellingham's
range will be on taste at the DGB stand. Consisting of the 2005 Pinotage with Petit Verdot, the 2005 Shiraz with Viognier and the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon, the range was developed to drive the premium South African sector through the use of key varietal
wines and innovative blends, according to a spokesman.
New labelling for the single varietals and blends in the Douglas Green range will also be on display, along with the 2007 vintages of the whites and rosés.
JC Bekker, chief winemaker for DGB, will be showing the new vintages across the Boschendal range. Oenologist Jaco Potgieter and John Worontschak, who consults for DGB on international trends and techniques, will also be on hand to answer visitors' questions. Stand L34
Cape Grace's revamped packaging and new
bag-in-box will be on taste at the Thierry's Wine Services stand, along with Ken Forrester's new vintage Chenins, Danie de Wet's Chardonnays and the Bellevue and Excelsior range. Stand Q10
Seckford Agencies will host a vertical tasting of seven vintages of Rustenberg Stellenb osch John X Merriman from 1999 to 2005 , on May 23 at 2pm in the Seminar Theatre . The tasting will be presented by winemaker Adi Badenhorst.
Visitors can also get a sneak preview of
Syrah . Stand I19
Winemakers Eleonor Visser and Frans Smit will present new vintages from Spier's portfolio, including Discover, Inspire, Vintage Selection and Private Collection. Stand F60
Leopard's Leap is a
12-strong premium range created by Historic Wines of the Cape - an independent company
set up by three historic French Huguenot wine farms in Franschhoek valley.
Covering a variety of price points from £3.99 to £7.99, the range will be on taste at the Raisin Social stand and includes Leopard's Leap Pinotage Rosé 2006. Described as a "strawberry-scented slurper", for every bottle sold a donation goes to the Cape Leopard Trust.
Following the merger of Spruitdrift Winery and Vredendal Winery to form WestCorp International, Raisin Social will also show WestCorp's nine-strong Namaqua range, which includes a Colombard, a Cabernet/Pinotage and a rosé.
Glen Carlou Vineyards' chief winemaker, David Finlayson, will be at Peter Lehmann Wines' stand to present a selection of new vintages, including 2006 Pinot Noir and the latest vintage of the wineries' Syrah, which won Platters Wine of the Year in 2006. Stand L30
Bordeaux-style blend Simonsig Tiara, from
Chalié Richards , will be on taste, along with South Africa's first Méthode Cap Classique wine from the Kaapse Vonkel range, the 2005 vintage of the gently wooded Chenin Avec Chêne and the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc. Stand G40
Ixia is named after an indigenous plant found on the Theuniskraal Estate, which has been in the Jordaan family since the 1920 s.
The wineries' terroir is known for having a cool climate with stony and sandy loam soils with excellent drainage and aeration. The Ixia range is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. L72
Ses'fikile, meaning "we have arrived" in Xhosa, is owned and controlled by empowered women. The wines are hand-crafted in conjunction with the winemaking team at the Flagstone winery in Somerset West. The range is made up of Folklore Carbenet Franc/Carbenet Sauvignon 2005, a 2006 Chardonnay and 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Matriarch Carbenet Sauvignon 2004 and Shiraz Reserve 2004, Rainsong Chenin Blanc 2006, a 2005 Pinotage and 2005 Shiraz. Stand L 72
Louis Latour will present
own-label wine range Isonto, an entry-level selection of Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Representatives from Darling wine estate Groote Post, Stellenbosch-based Warwick Estate and Vilafonté from Paarl will be at the stand.
Uitkyk - pronounced "eight cake" - means lookout. Established in 1712, the estate has an 18th-century flat-roofed manor house. The vineyards are
on northwest-facing slopes,
above sea level. The Uitkyk range consists of a Cabernet Sau vignon/Shiraz, a Carlonet, a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc. Stand L72
Watch out for Stormhoek's Couture rosé 2007 - a Pinotage/Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend
developed by winemaker Graham Know to be served over ice.
Stormhoek chief executive Jason Korman sa ys: "The ongoing popularity of rosé, the success of Magners cider over ice and a survey we conducted in South Africa gave us the idea to develop it.
"We see it as part of a trend where rosé can be consumed like a cocktail, making it an even more sophisticated drink."
The latest instalment of Stormhoek's labels as voted for by the online community will be revealed at the Orbital stand, following the success of last year's labels which featured cartoons by blogger Hugh Macleod .
Additions to the Stormhoek range include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz/Mourvèdre, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and a rosé (all retailing all £4.99), and a Malbec rosé and
Pinotage rosé (rrp £6.99).
A new premium wine range, Stormhoek Estate Vineyards
- made up of Mountainside Chenin Blanc, Middlehead Viognier, Sixteen Barrels Semillon, Fireflies Cabernet Sauvignon and Guava Pinotage - will also be rolled out. Stand Q8
Cape giant KWV will be showing the latest vintage of its Laborie wines, KWV Lifestyle, Roodeberg, Robert's Rock, Pearly Bay, Coastline and Cathedral Cellar. Chairman Danie de Wet and new chief executive Thys Loubser will also reveal details of major changes to KWV and the strategy behind the company's new
look. Stand Q10
The Golden Kaan wines,
Racke's joint venture brand with KWV, will be at the WOSA stand. On taste will be the
of eight single varietal wines , the Reserve Selection, and the ultra-premium Winemaker's Reserve range.
Tukulu wines are grown at Darling 's Papkuilsfontein Vineyards.
Structured to become fully black-owned in the future, Tukulu is a joint venture between Distell, a consortium of black entrepreneurs and a trust representing the local Groenekloof community who work on the farm.
The Tukulu range includes a Pinotage and Shiraz, and an organic Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Viognier. Stand L72
Mount Rozier will show new vintages from entry-level Rozier Reef range (£4.99), Rozier Bay range and premium single vineyard Mount Rozier wines at the Hayman Barwell Jones stand. Owner Adam Mauerberger will launch Rozier's Pioneer 2004, a
Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend retailing at £9.99.
Visitors can join Eikendal Winery in celebrating its 25th anniversary with a glass of Eikendal Sparkling Chardonnay/Semillon Brut on May 23
from 4pm onwards at the HBJ stand.
Responding to rosé's growing popularity, Eikendal has launched a
rosé for the first time.
Brand Phoenix's joint venture brand First Cape has added a Pinot Grigio to its Limited Release range and is planning to add screwcaps to the mid-tier range from May. A
premium range , Millstone, will be launched in the UK
in September. Priced
£6.99, it will feature dual-
varietal blends, including
a Pinot Grigio/Semillon,
Shiraz/Grenache and a Shiraz/Sangiovese.
"The show will highlight First Cape's current focus on European varietals and exciting blends," a spokeswoman said. Stand E50
Leeds-based wine agent Bottle Green has added a South African range to its portfolio. African Dawn is endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund and is the first wine to hit the UK with a Forest Stewardship Council approved natural cork and label paper. Stand D68
Wines of South Africa
is hosting four themed tasting zones - rosé, Rhône blends, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Each zone will show at least 12 wines from different regions at a range of price points.
Extending its rosé focus, WOSA is
releasing a cookery book called
Summertime, South African Rosé and Tapas , which contains 20 recipes matched to different styles of South African rosé.
More than 40 wineries will be participating at the pavilion this year, including representatives from small boutique wineries such as Middelvlei, Yamme, M'hudi, and Beau Joubert, and seven brands that are black-owned or form part of a Black Economic Empowerment initiative. Larger volume producers such as Neil Ellis, Spier, Swartland, Flagstone, Cloof and Kanonkop will also be present, along with a host of other South African agencies, distributors and wineries.
The winners of the Pinotage Association's annual
10 Pinotage competition will be revealed at the WOSA pavilion, and representatives from the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group - which aims to develop marketing strategies to promote the international understanding of South African Sauvignon Blanc - will also be at the stand.