Chief Winemaker Bruce Jack
A Capetonian whose curiosity and palate has taken him the length and breadth of the globe. Bruce completed his undergrad in Political Science and Literature at UCT and then read his Masters in Literature at St Andrew’s in Scotland. His subsequent winemaking degree came from the Roseworthy Campus at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Bruce is a pioneer, and in many respects a maverick, and what he brings to winemaking is an articulate opinion about his greatest passion.
Food Alchemist & Kitchen Cowboy Peter Goffe-Wood
Peter is on the judging panel for the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in the World, as well as the Diners Club Wine list of the year. Born in London, he trained in South Africa and returned to work with some of Britain's top chefs in several award-winning London restaurants.
Back in South Africa, he helped to open the La Couronne Hotel & Winery (now Mont Rochelle) in Franschhoek. Conde Nast Traveller named it as one of the fifty most exciting restaurants in the world.
Peter has worked to develop some of the Cape’s best and busiest restaurants, including Blues, 95 Keerom Str, Balducci’s & Salt. GQ magazine took him on as food editor for eight years and he is a regular contributor to Men’s Health. Peter is author of Kitchen Cowboys and Blues Restaurant – the essence of Cape Town.
He featured alongside Ainsley Harriot on BBC Food’s Off the Menu and now appears as a judge on MasterChef SA.
Editor Andrew Arnott
Andrew studied Literature and Sociology at UCT before setting off on a global trek that saw him working under the seas of the Caribbean, on the snow covered slopes of the Canadian Rockies and writing for a variety of financial and travel institutions. Now at home in Cape Town, Andrew’s passions for wine and writing are married on this blog.
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Flagstone Makes It 3 In A Row As Absa Top 10 Pinotage Winner Posted on August 07 2017 by
Flagstone has now won five ABSA Top 10 Pinotage trophies with Writer’s Block Pinotage and the 2017 award makes it 3 years in a row with 3 consecutive vintages.
The 2017 Absa Top 10 Pinotage wines are predominantly from established cellars with solid track records in the world of Pinotage, regarded as South Africa’s most successful ‘indigenous’ variety. There were 147 entries in this year’s competition held at the Cavalli Estate outside Somerset West on 3 August.
2017 commemorates 21 years of Absa Bank’s involvement with the Pinotage Association. The Top 10 laureates in this annual event are among the finest ambassadors of Wine SA, all judged to be masterful expressions of the Pinot Noir Hermitage/Cinsaut cross that dates back to the previous century.
Beyers Truter, chair and founder of the Pinotage Association, is overwhelmed by the expansion of the market for Pinotage and the passion with which winemakers have embraced this grape cultivar over the past two decades,
“Our 21-year journey with Absa has been full of many highlights and it is pleasing to see how the bar continues to be raised year after year. One of the objectives in creating the Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition was to improve the quality and perceptions of this lovely, uniquely South African wine, and, looking at the standard of the finalists this year as well as the degree to which Pinotage has been embraced, we are definitely on the right track.”
Truter goes on to emphasise just how much the quality of Pinotage wines has increased, particularly during the past decade, applauding the producers of all the wines included among the finalists for their exceptional commitment and hard work,
“Pinotage is a grape that needs special viticultural and winemaking techniques. It can be tough and demanding, but when you get it right the rewards are astonishing, world-class masterpieces.”
The panel of judges for the 2017 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards are Neil Ellis of Neil Ellis Wines (chair), wine educator and consultant Nomonde Kubheka, winemaker Corlea Fourie of Bosman Family Vineyards, Francois Rautenbach of Singita Premier Wine Direct and viticulturist Stephan Joubert of Douglas Green Bellingham (DGB).
The 2017 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Winning Wines
Delheim Pinotage 2012 - WO Stellenbosch, Winemaker Altus Treurnicht
Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Reserve 2015 - WO Wellington, Winemaker Francoise Roode
Flagstone Writer’s Block Single Vineyard Pinotage 2015 - WO Breedekloof, Winemaker Gerhard Swart
Kanonkop Pinotage 2012 - WO Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Winemaker Abrie Beeslaar
Lanzerac Pionier Pinotage 2014 - WO Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch, Winemaker Wynand Lategan
La Cave Pinotage 2016 - Wellington Wines, Winemakers Francois van Niekerk & Chris Smit
Môreson MKM 2015 - Franschhoek cellar, WO Stellenbosch, Winemaker Clayton Reabow
Neil Ellis Bottelary Hills Pinotage 2015 - WO Stellenbosch, Winemaker Warren Ellis
Stellenbosch Vineyards Bushvine Pinotage 2015 - WO Stellenbosch, Winemaker Abraham de Villiers
Windmeul Pinotage Reserve 2015 - WO Paarl/Coastal, Winemaker Abraham van Heerden