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What can be more precious than the gift of life? Well, that is exactly what a few selected classic South African wines received recently when Amorim put together a team to recork some old wines in the collection held by Distell’s Tabernacle.

In a bid to assist loyal customers to enjoy and keep its premier wines for longer, Kanonkop Wine Estate has introduced a recorking service for owners of older vintages. The first Kanonkop Recorking Clinic is to be held in Johannesburg on 12 October, and 22 November on Kanonkop Estate where proprietor Johann Krige and cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar will personally oversee the recorking of bottles dating back to the 2005 vintage and older.

Simonsig Estate, the pioneering Stellenbosch winery responsible for making the first Méthode Cap Classique wine, became the most-awarded cellar in the history of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge by winning the competition’s Best Producer Award for the fourth time. This year’s award went to Simonsig’s Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012, a 100% Chardonnay wine with lees contact of 60 months, won the award for the best wine of the competition as well as topping the Blanc de Blancs category.
[caption id="attachment_1776" align="alignnone" width="300"] From left: Spencer Fondaumiere, Cathy Marston, Higgo Jacobs, Joaquim Sá (Amorim MD), Heidi Duminy, Johan Malan and Elunda Basson.[/caption] “It’s all about time and experience.” This is the impression of Heidi Duminy, CWM, convener of the panel of judges for this year’s Amorim Cap Classique Challenge that has just completed two days of rating the wines entered into South Africa’s only exclusive bottle-fermented sparkling wine competition.
End of July, and the cork-harvesting season is coming to an end in the searing, dry heat of southern Portugal. Witnessing this time-old tradition is a fascinating process.

Americo Amorim, the man who had a profound role in growing Amorim Cork into the world’s largest cork products producer passed away on Thursday 13 July at the age of 82. Amorim was an heir to the cork business set up by his grandfather in...

[caption id="attachment_1761" align="alignnone" width="300"] Fatima and Alfie at Belem Tower.[/caption] Last year the House of Krone in partnership with Amorim Cork’s new Helix twist-off cork product held a unique competition, with the winning prize being a trip to Portugal. And the winners were an energetic and fun-loving couple from the Vaal Triangle, about an hour outside Johannesburg. Alfie Branchina, an engineer sale executive and university lecturer Fatima de Abreu were overjoyed to have won - Fatima is a 2nd generation South African of Portuguese descent and Alfie being a fanatical supporter of the Lisbon soccer team Benfica.

As China is such a fast-growing consumer market for wines, one could easily jump to conclusion that the best-selling wines there have a broad spectrum in terms of vintages, grapes and wine regions. Yet according to a recent study, the absolute majority of these wines...

One of the Cape’s classic wine farms has donned a new aesthetic look. Besides supplying the corks for Krone’s fine range of Cap Classique and other wines, Amorim was involved in delivering the cork material for this elegant Tulbagh wine estate’s hospitality centre. It takes...