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De Bos Chenin Blanc Sur Lie 2012

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For a greater cause.

Yesterday the launch of De Bos wines, the Fairtrade accredited range from Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington. Fairtrade is the leading certification system for sustainability and poverty alleviation, at least some of the premium that consumers pay to member organisations going to education and infrastructure developments.

“Fairtrade is a trademark as well known as Nike or Reebok,” says winemaker Corlea Fourie. “We’re not in the grape business. We’re in the people business. We’re making De Bos for a greater cause – we have 250 permanent workers and Fairtrade has meant crèches, playgrounds, buses to take workers’ children to school”. She adds that accreditation has “opened doors” with the De Bos set-up facilitating listings in UK supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer. “It would’ve taken so much longer if we’d tried to get those listings on our own”.

The wines are as follows:

De Bos Sauvignon Blanc 2012: 15/20
Price: R58 a bottle
From Bo Hemel en Aarde Valley grapes. Very expressive on the nose with notes of blossom, granadilla and grapefruit. The palate is slightly sweet with moderate acidity – a real crowd pleaser.

De Bos Chenin Blanc Sur Lie 2012: 15/20
Price: R58 a bottle
From Wellington grapes. Quite neutral on nose and palate but has texture and weight balanced by tangy acidity.

De Bos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011: 15/20
Price: R68 a bottle
Dark fruit with a pleasant savoury edge. Bright acidity, no real tannins to speak of.

The whites sell for £8.99 and the red for £9.99 at Sainsbury’s so you’re getting a bargain if you buy them here…

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