Topical pic – TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival 2011
By Christian Eedes, 27 May 2011
You couldn’t miss the promotional staff for Naughty Girl sparkling rosé at the opening night of the Gugulethu Wine Festival, who were obviously hell-bent on demonstrating that Van Loveren’s Four Cousins Sweet Rosé (still) is not the only pink worth considering. A blend of mainly Hanepoot and Muscat de Frontignan, it has an abv of 7.5g/l and a residual sugar of 70 g/l. R40 for one bottle, R70 for two, and R100 for three.
Lest anybody think that this festival is entirely frivolous, Alvi’s Drift was showing its full range, including the stand-out CVC 2009, a blend of roughly one third each of Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay. This cellar is based in Worcester and boasts the very accomplished former Distell group winemaker Linley Schultz as part of the production team. Other top producers exhibiting included Boekenhoutskloof (showing Chocolate Block, Porcupine Ridge and Wolftrap), Groot Constantia, Nederburg, Oak Valley, Paul Cluver, Rustenberg and Spier. Township vibes pumped throughout so not really conducive to serious tasting but the least stuffy wine event I’ve been to for a long time.
Headline sponsor is TOPS at SPAR, South Africa’s biggest national liquor retail chain with 487 stores at the moment and over 500 due by the end of the fiscal year in September according to group manager Ray Edwards. Tickets to the festival cost R70 and those who got the munchies could head off to the food hall for a Spur burger.