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Swartland-landbouwerkers ontvang erkenning by
2019 Prestige Landboutoekennings

f.l.t.r Carmen Ellion (Shoprite); Gerhard Johannes September (Org de Rac – Swartland Agri Worker of the Year and winner of the Jnr. Management category); Mr Jerry Aries (Western Cape Department of Agriculture Acting Chief DIR: Rural Development)

Die wenners van die plaaslike been van die Wes-Kaapse Prestige Landboutoekennings vir 2019 het hierdie week erkenning ontvang tydens ‘n prysuitdelingseremonie op 18 September by die Allesverloren-funksielokaal in Riebeek-Wes.

Die Prestige Landboutoekennings word jaarliks aangebied deur die Wes-Kaapse Departement van Landbou in vennootskap met Shoprite, en poog om op 'n ophouende wyse erkenning te gee aan die waardevolle bydrae wat landbouwerkers lewer tot die volhoubare groei van die Suid-Afrikaanse landbousektor. Wat in 2002 begin het as 'n plaaslike kompetisie met 36 inskrywings in die Hexvallei, het intussen gegroei tot 'n nasionale aangeleentheid met 1200+ inskrywings uit 16 afsonderlike streke.

Landbouwerkers word benoem in een van elf kategorieë deur 'n werkgewer, bestuurspan, plaaskomitee of mede-werknemers, waarna die inskrywings dan volgens meriete geëvalueer word deur ‘n paneel van landboukenners en onderhoude gevoer word met die deelnemers om hul kennis in hul spesialisgebied te toets.

Die Swartland-streek se kategoriewenners en beste potensiaal wenner ding dan verder mee teen ander Wes-Kaapse streekswenners, waarna die Prestige Landboutoekennings se oorhoofse provisiale wenners later in die jaar by ‘n gala-geleentheid aangekondig word.

Die Swartland-streekswenners wat hierdie jaar erkenning ontvang is as volg:

• Wenner: Elsabé van Scalkwyk (Wynkeldershoek)
• Naaswenner: Rezaack Braaff (Slimsun)
• 2de Naaswenner: Natasha Heyns (Remhoogte)

• Wenner: Frederico Leaton Galawe (Franki’s Vineyards)
• Naaswenner: Nolan Norman Arendse (Wynkeldershoek)
• 2de Naaswenner: Johannes Lewies (Org de Rac)

• Wenner: Johannes van der Ross (Lammershoek)
• Naaswenner: Willem Johnson (Kloovenburg)
• 2de Naaswenner: Ayanda Tulwana (Porseleinberg)

• Wenner: Jerieve Lambrecht (Franki’s Vineyards)
• Naaswenner: Willem Oersont (Kloovenburg)
• 2de Naaswenner: Stewatt Alkaster (Lammershoek)

• Wenner: Valda Maurdrin Adams (Care for the Planet: Goedgedacht)
• Naaswenner: Nicole Justine Persens (Weltevrede)
• 2de Naaswenner: Lezett Estelle Warries (Voorskool: Goedgedacht)

Die wenner van elke kategorie, sowel as die kandidaat met die beste potensiaal, sal op die 9de Oktober 2019 teen hul eweknieë uit die ander deelnemende streke meeding. Die Wes-Kaapse Prestige Agri Werker Gala dinee, waar die provinsiale wenners aangekondig sal word, vind plaas op die 2de November 2019.

Raise a glass to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines as they join the best in the world with their top 100 wineries achievement

Chris & Andrea Mullineux

South Africa's only winery to be included in the prestigious American publication, Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 Wineries of 2019 is Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines.

Each year the panel and critics of Wine & Spirits blind-taste, review and score more than 15 000 wines from around the world, the most distinguished of which are shared with their readers. The Top 100 Wineries list for the year includes those that achieve the highest scores and consistency of performance across their range of wines for the year.

The wines that helped Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines achieve this rare accolade include their 97 point Mullineux Straw Wine 2017 and the 96 point Mullineux Schist Syrah 2016.

Andrea and Chris Mullineux will join winemakers from some of the world’s greatest vineyards to meet connoisseurs and consumers at the 16th Top 100 Annual Tasting hosted in San Francisco on 10th October this year and later at a similar tasting, the Top 100 Symposium, held in New York in January 2020.

Their Kloof Street and Mullineux ranges, based on Chenin Blanc, Syrah and various Rhone cultivars, are produced in the Swartland on Roundstone Farm, and aim to present a true expression of this special region from grapes best suited to the terroirs they are planted in.

Their Leeu Passant wines are made in their own captivating winery on Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, where grapes are sourced from exceptional parcels of vineyards both in Franschhoek and other exciting sites in the Western Cape including South Africa's oldest red wine vineyards.

The Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines team are no strangers to accolades. The winery has been the recipient of the Platter South African Wine Guide’s Winery of the Year Award no less than three times - in 2014, 2016 and the current 2019 edition. In 2016 Andrea Mullineux was chosen as Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s International Winemaker of the Year, while in 2017 British Master of Wine Tim Atkin’s South African Report named Chris and Andrea as Winemakers of the Year.

As always, Andrea’s approach to winemaking is minimalist but meticulous, while viticulture is expertly managed by Chris and his team, who farm as naturally and sustainably as possible.

Visitors can taste wines from the Mullineux Signature and Single Terroir ranges, along with the flagship portfolio of the Leeu Passant winery at the elegant Wine Studio situated on Leeu Estates in Franschoek, open seven days a week.

Winelovers in the USA can buy tickets for the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in San Francisco on Eventbrite for $135.

International Sommeliers Visits the Swartland

The Swartland Wine- & Olive Route recently played host to a group of International Sommeliers participating in the Wines of South Africa (WOSA) Sommelier Cup competition.

The competition consists of two parts: the Semi-finals, which took place in each of the participating countries; and the finals, which took place at The Vineyard Hotel on the 21st of September 2019. After the competition the finalist from each country visited some of the Cape’s most prestigious wineries, met and samples wines with our wine makers.

                                                         Rosé Rocks

‘Rosé Rocks!' is South Africa’s first dedicated rosé wine competition which seeks to recognise excellence in rosé winemaking and promote the SA Rosé category.

Riebeek Cellars Pinotage Rosé 2019 was awarded a Double Gold at this prestigious competition, whilst Allesverloren Tinta Rosé 2019 was awarded Gold.

The Swartland Shines in Tim Atkin’s South African Report

The 7th annual South African Special Report by Tim Atkin was launched in September 2019. The wineries in the Swartland fared particularly well with Eben Sadie and Paul Jordaan of The Sadie Family Wines named as the Winemakers of the Year. The 2018 Sadie Family ‘Te Voetpad was awarded the Overall White Wine of the Year, whilst Red Wine Discovery of the year was names as 2018 AA Badenhorst Ringmuur Cinsault. The White Wine Discovery of the Year was newcomer 2018 Wolf and Woman Chenin Blanc of Jolandie Fouche.

To find out more read this article recently published by WineMag. Click on the link: https://winemag.co.za/tim-atkin-mw-south-africa-special-report-2019/

My five favourite reasons to insure fruit with Santam

As a farmer who grows fruit for the export market, I can choose among various insurers to insure my fruit. The past few years, I have chosen Santam because of these five reasons:

1. Santam offers cover against a variety of weather-related risks for various types of fruit. The company employs a team of experts in the field of subtropical fruit, grapes, stone-fruit, kernel-fruit and nuts, and this gives me the peace of mind that my fruit crop is in good hands.

2. At Santam Agriculture, I can adapt my insurance cover according to my needs. They don’t just offer me a solution off the shelf.

Santam has the ability to meet my unique insurance needs. They can even combine traditional insurance and a self-insurance fund that allow me to structure my insurance according to the level of risk that I am prepared to take in order to manage my insurance expenditure.

3. Santam Agriculture uses the history of the fruit insurance cover that I have built up over the years with them to calculate a bespoke fruit insurance premium. I therefore benefit should I use practices that reduce the risk of crop losses as a result of insured events.

It is also to my advantage to have uninterruted fruit cover with Santam to keep my insurance data complete so that it can be used to accurately determine my premium for crop insurance with Santam.

4. Santam Agriculture understands the cash-flow challenges of fruit farmers and thus reward me for my loyalty by allowing me to structure the premium payment as it best suits my business.

5. Insuring fruit is a specialised field and to me it is important that I insure my crop with a South African insurer that has a track-record of insuring fruit. It is important that my business keeps going through the good and the bad times, equally important to me is to insure my fruit with an insurer that will not pull out of the insurance of fruit, or “prune” my fruit insurance after a year in which they experienced high losse son fruit.

Santam Agriculture meets all these requirements and for this reason, I always insure my fruit crop with Santam.

Contact our office if you require information and top tips on what to see and do in our area. We are looking forward to welcoming you in the Swartland..

 Jolene Janse van Rensburg.

Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route
Tel: 022 487 1133
Telefax: 022 487 2063
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