DINERS CLUB WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR
Here at The Afropolitan we love our wine, and so it was such an honour to be part of the Diners Club Winemaker Of The Year Gala dinner that was held at the swanky L’Residence in Franschoek.
At the black tie event that was attended by the Who’s Who of the wine making industry, Jacques Erasmus, who has been making wine since he was 12, walked away with the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2014 award for the Spier Creative Block 2 2014 dry white wine blend and twenty-nine-year-old JD Pretorius from Steenberg won the Young Winemaker of the Year award for his Steenberg Merlot 2012 in the red wines category.
The winners each received two tickets to the United States courtesy of Delta Air Lines as well as five nights’ accommodation, a cash prize and beautiful trophies. What is amazing about these awards is that they acknowledge and pay the due accolades to the men and women behind the wines – people who are at times forgotten not just the wine themselves.
The winning wines were then served with the meal so everyone could appreciate the work these men put into their creation – and we have to say each drop confirmed why they won!
TASTING NOTES FOR WINNING WINES
Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2014 – Jacques Erasmus
SPIER CREATIVE BLOCK 2 2014
Pale, bright lemon yellow. Lemon-tinged nose with fairly powerful fresh-cut grass backing. Still filled with boundless youth. So fruit filled that appears not totally on the palate, which it is. Light hint fynbos honey in the background. Seamless blend with mingle of pineapple, apricot and pear. Has all the potential to develop with grace and beauty over next three to four years.
Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year – JD Pretorius
STEENBERG MERLOT 2012
Medium depth of cherry wood colour in the core with wide, bright, youthful rim. Bright spicy nose with distinct mint in the youthful exuberance, with whiffs of cherry. Initial flow into the mouth gives a sense of sweetness and supple tannin; supple with fine concentration. Pleasant and appealing in every way with neat taste of berry fruit at the end, suggesting that time in the bottle will develop greater complexity. Has all the grace of a young thoroughbred.