Barrydale's Chardonnay Top Dry White at Little Karoo Young Wine Show

Monday, 30 August, 2004
Erla Rabe
Barrydale Wine Cellar's 2003 Tradouw Chardonnay was awarded a double gold in the category for wooded chardonnays as well as the trophy for the champion dry white wine at this year's Klein Karoo Bottled Wine Show.

Says winemaker Riaan Marais, "A combination of factors - suitable soils, altitude and the proximity to the ocean east of the Langeberg Mountains - cause dry cultivars to be perfectly at home in and around the Barrydale and particularly in the Tradouw region of origin, which extends a mere 15 km by 3 km in the Tradouw valley on the Cape Town-side of the town."

Marais and the cellar earned their second double gold for their Joseph Barry Cape Potstill Brandy, making Barrydale Wine Cellar one of only four of the ten participating producers to achieve double gold at the show. All the awards were handed out during a special dinner hosted by the cellar.

The five-year old Joseph Barry potstill brandy and Tradouw range of wines of origin are two of the cellar's signature brands, with both brands rooted firmly in the history of the area - one name after Joseph Barry who gave Barrydale its name, and the other bearing the name of the valley that yields all the grapes for the label.

At the 2004 Klein Karoo Young Wine Show that took place simultaneously, Barrydale Wine Cellar won the Co-operative Winery Trophy for the Champion Dry White as well as the trophy for the Champion Chardonnay at the show, pointing the way to more winning dry whites for the 2004 vintage.

Iuused by DKC (De Kock Communications)
For Barrydale Wine Cellar
Queries: Riaan Marais, Barrydale Wine Cellar, (028) 572 1012
Erla Rabe, DKC, (021) 422 2690