Cheers to another great Wine Show

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Bosman Family Vineyards’ assistant winemaker Charlene Ferreira (left) an marketer Bea Eillert (centre) pour Louise some of their superb Steen. It was Bosman’s second time at the show and they say they’ll definitely be back. We especially enjoyed the Steen and their rose made of 33 different cultivars. The vineyard is based in Wellington with grapes sourced from the Hemel & Aarde valley out Hermanus way. Bsoman’s main line of business is the grafting of vines, with Wellington known as the cradle of wines in South Africa as it supplies 85% of the country’s estates with vines. Boman Family Vineyards’ wines are mostly sold through their very successful wine club.

WE did it again: Hundreds of Nelson Mandela Bay wine lovers flocked to the Boardwalk conference centre last weekend to sample and snap up fine wines at the Wine Show, which as in previous years was a roaring success.

Salvelio and I thought the new venue was better suited to a show of this nature, much as we adore our magnificent Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, and really enjoyed seeing some familiar visitors from previous shows as well as newcomers.

And again most of the 40-odd stallholders reported exceptional sales that in many cases trumped those at the Johannesburg Road Show… not too shabby for little old PE! In fact most exhibitors had to seriously scramble to add to their stock for Sunday, the last day of the show, after Friday and Saturday’s more than enthusiastic buying.

Several tutored tastings were held throughout the weekend. We attended the one on unusual varietals like pinot gris (a grape that is grey in colour) by Bosman Family Vineyards of Wellington, which was conducted by their marketing and PR person, Bea Eillert, a charming young woman with an infectious enthusiasm for wine. And with Salvelio’s birthday coming up in little over a week we couldn’t resist a bottle of their superb Steen, a biscuity Cap Classique made from an unusual choice of chenin grapes. Indeed, Bea explained, Steen is actually the old-fashioned name for chenin blanc. The only other chenin MCC we’d had before was from Bramon at Plett, another fave, and we loved this new find just as much.

Marybeth SURNAME (left) and Ryan Moss were among the hundreds of visitors to the show, where they met marketer Charnelle Scheun from Ernie Els Wines. Charnelle says it was the brand's first visit to the PE show and they will definitely be back, as the Eastern Cape's enthusiasm for wines exceeded all expectations.

Marybeth van der Merwe (left) and Ryan Moss were among the hundreds of visitors to the show, where they met marketer Charnelle Scheun from Ernie Els Wines in Stellenbosch. Charnelle says it was the brand’s first visit to the PE show and they will definitely be back, as the Eastern Cape’s enthusiasm for wines exceeded all expectations. We sampled the Ernie Els Big Easy which is made from chenin grapes and liked its easy-drinking, refreshing crispness. Definitely one for the coming summer!

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Orange River Cellars’ Eastern Cape brand manager Gayleen Smith (left) with the enchanting Marlize Calitz who helped out at this year’s stand. By Sunday they were sold out of all their award-winning fortifieds as well as their bubblies, and indeed much of the rest of their affordable range. They also made some killer cocktails!

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Simonsig wine advisor Denzel Swarts (centre) chats to Wine Show visitors about the Stellenbosch estate’s iconic Kaapse Vonkel, which was the very first Methode Cape Classique ever produced in South Africa more than 40 years ago. We also enjoyed tasting the Kaapse Vonkel Noir Brut Rose, a lively but stylish bubbly with delectable strawberry aromas. There’s a point at every Wine Show that Louise starts forgetting, shall we say, to take down names… apologies to these two, whoever you are!

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The Wine Show isn’t just about wine. Morgenster wine and olive estate was a newcomer to this year’s Wine Show Nelson Mandela Bay and of course we couldn’t resist going home with some of their wonderful olive products, especially the crunchy, almost round Nocellara del Belice green olives, an Italian varietal. Morgenster’s Shane Dean, responsible for national sales and marketing, is at the centre, with their Eastern Cape agent Claire Wright on the right and Sonja Dias on the left. 

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