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  Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés create their own wines

23 Jun 2016

Topics: Amorim Cork, Cape Cooperage Group, Cape Winemakers Guild, Carl Schultz, Charles Hopkins, Clayton Christians, Consol Glass, De Grendel, Hartenberg Estate, Haskell Vineyards, Kiara Scott, Mahalia Kotjane, Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, Rianie Strydom, South Africa, South African wine, wine

With their creations safely in barrel after the 2016 harvest, excitement is mounting amongst second-year Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés as the dream of making their first wines becomes a reality.

Making own wine is a vital part of the Guild’s Protégé programme, and has been made possible the past 6 years through the sponsorship of French oak barrels by the Cape Cooperage Group.

In addition to the barrel donation, Paarl-based CCG assists the protégés by guiding them through their choice of barrels, helping them achieve the particular style of wine they wish to make. Other annual sponsors supporting this initiative are Consol Glass and Amorim Cork who donate the bottles and corks.

With the guidance of Rianie Strydom at Haskell Vineyards, Clayton Christians is vinifying chardonnay - a white grape for which he has developed a great love.

Kiara Scott, based at De Grendel under the watchful eye of Charles Hopkins, has chosen shiraz for its versatility. She strives to create a pure wine that expresses terroir and honest winemaking.

Mahalia Kotjane, with the guidance and knowledge of mentor Carl Schultz at Hartenberg Estate, hopes her shiraz will serve as a milestone for a successful future in the wine industry.

Their wines will be auctioned during their final internship year at gala dinners in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and at the silent auction that takes place at the annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. The funds raised are ploughed back into the Protégé Programme to support the development of future winemakers.

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