Tag Archives: Mentors

Born in the vineyard but conceived in the boardroom… KWV ends 2014 on top following rave reviews for Mentors

REFLECTING on the past year as regards Wine SA, there is a case to be made for Paarl being home to the champion producer in 2014 after KWV triumphed as the most successful entrant overall at the most prestigious competitions on the South African wine calendar – first at the Trophy Wine Show (for the second time) and then at the Veritas

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South Africa’s top niche wine ratings in 2013 – the best Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Semillon, Viognier and more

RAATS and Warwick continue to impress in South Africa’s Cab Franc class but the competition is mounting. There’s a lot more to the choice of good SA Semillon and interesting Viognier these days. And if there’s one South African brand that has stood out for good reviews in more categories than any other range in 2013, it’s The Mentors from

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South Africa’s top Chardonnay ratings in 2013, plus the best SA Chardonnay at under R80 – the experts’ choice

GROOT Constantia, Hamilton Russell, KWV The Mentors, Paul Cluver and Rustenberg Five Soldiers top the list of contenders for South Africa’s champion Chardonnay of the year for 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN CHARDONNAY RATINGS IN 2013 Bartinney 2012 – 4½ Stars, Classic

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Pinotage and white blend wave the flag for South Africa at 2013 Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney, Australia

PINOTAGE was the most successful variety for South Africa at the 2013 Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney, Australia, with three double gold medals presented for Pinotage wines made in various parts of the Cape. Specifically, the Mentors Pinotage 2011 from KWV of Paarl won first prize in the Major Red Variety Class, with double golds also going to the

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Saronsberg and KWV shine brightest at Mondial 2013

ONE OF the largest wine competitions in the world, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles culminates with awards being presented in May each year. The International Union of Oènologists who organise the event are based in Belgium, although the judging has been conducted in numerous countries over the years and over 40 nationalities are represented on the tasting panels who determine

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The experts’ choice: South Africa’s top Cab Franc in 2012

 THE STAND-OUT Cabernet Franc wines from South Africa, the best reviews of the year: so consistent are Raats and Warwick of Stellenbosch; from Paarl cellars, the rise of KWV’s Mentors range has been meteoric, and interesting to see Nelson back on the radar again; whereas Von Ortloff’s beauty from Franschhoek is already pretty much sold out; Oldenburg’s popularity in the Banghoek

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Team SA dominates at Five Nations Challenge and yet…

Wine of Show at Five NationsChallenge 2012(R130 a bottle) WHAT ELSE must South Africa do to win the Five Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney?! The guys from the Western Cape dominated half a dozen or so of the 16 categories judged in 2012 and won five trophies including “Wine of Show” (top-scoring wine overall), yet it was competition host Australia

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Thirteen SA red wines that hit the spot again and again

WHEN WINES are applauded by a whole bunch of the top tasting panels in the world you just know there’s something extra special about them. See below for a select group of reds that include a Pinotage made by Pierre Wahl at Neville Dorrington’s Rijk’s Private Cellar in Tulbagh, a wine that has excelled in four of the competitions it

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