Gold for Zorgvliet at Fairbairn

Monday, 28 June, 2004
Peridot Communications
A superb achievement for this maiden vintage.

Zorgvliet wine estate in the Banhoek Valley outside Stellenbosch scored another accolade when the 2002 Zorgvliet Silver Myn Shiraz was awarded a gold medal at the recently held Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show. Only eighteen gold medals were presented, which made the award a superb achievement for this maiden vintage.

A further two wines in the Silver Myn range, the 2002 Cabernet Franc and 2003 Sauvignon Blanc were awarded bronze medals. The rest of the premium Silver Myn range consists of a 2003 Chardonnay and 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The name of the label was inspired by the estate's rich cultural history and proud winemaking tradition. According to local folklore, a crook convinced investors that he had discovered a silver deposit in the Simonsberg in 1740. Old trenches on the slopes of the Simonsberg are still proof of the five-year life of the salted silver mine.

According to Zorgvliet's highly acclaimed winemaker Bruwer Raats, they are delighted with the performance of the Silver Myn range. 'This has been a maiden release of our premium range and the fact that the wines are being received so well definitely shows the huge potential of our vineyards. The competition was definitely very tough this year and we competed against almost 230 other wineries.'

'We set exceptionally strict quality standards for our wines and our expectations are extremely high, therefore we are very pleased with this performance. However, this should be viewed as an indication of what to expect when we launch the Zorgvliet ultra-premium label. The first white wine carrying the Zorgvliet label will be launched towards the end of this year with the reds following in mid 2005,' mentions Raats.

Issued by Peridot Communications

On behalf of The Zorgvliet Group of Companies

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Ronelda Visser on 083 2733984.