We met with Miguel Chan, Group Sommelier for Tsogo Sun, to find out a bit more about him and his day to day work. Hailing from Mauritius, Miguel has been working in South Africa since 2003 and has built a great reputation as one of South Africa’s top sommeliers in that time. Awarded as South African Young Sommelier of the year in 2007 by the Chaines des Rôtisseurs, Miguel has also judged for numerous publications, competitions and awards shows including Platter, Absa Top 10 Pinotage, Nederburg Auction, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and South African Airways On Board selections.
Wildekrans Wine Estate has been awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for a number of their wines in in the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards. The wines, which fell under the Walker Bay region wowed judges across both their red and white offerings.
Wildekrans and the estate team take their place in the community of Bot River very seriously. As an employer in the area, the wellbeing, education and social development of employees, their families and the broader community is of a foremost concern.
Wildekrans cottages have had a busy year and has played host to a variety of visitors. Families came to visit and experienced a peaceful get-away whilst enjoying the wide-open spaces, walks, mountain biking, horse riding and swimming facilities available on the estate.
The past year has been one where Mother Nature tested our abilities and belief. Cold conditions during winter resulted in good and even bud burst with vineyard monitoring taking place on a regular basis, healthy growth was present. The heat wave in the first week of January this year was a big surprise and thank goodness all our vineyards are under irrigation system and short pulse irrigation combined with green bunch harvesting led to good juice quality. Higher than usual cool Atlantic sea winds resulted in smaller berries and thicker skins this year.
Under the new ownership of the Harlow Family, Wildekrans Wine Estate has seen increased investment in the land, personnel and their processes as part of a goal to create one of South Africas top wines. This ambitious aim is already seeing success as Wildekrans has won more awards in the last four years than in the 12 prior to the Harlow, Levys and Varejes partnership taking ownership. In 2012, Wildekrans was named Top Wine Estate in South Africa at the prestigious Novare SA Terrior Awards, a show that rewards consistency across all wines entered.
As the summer solstice becomes a distant memory and December holidays seem like an event that happened to someone else, South Africa is slowly bracing itself for a change of season. Braais and salads morph into carbs, stews and soups. Although most of the nation dreads winter, it is in fact the perfect opportunity to play with different healthy, one-pot dish recipes and drink copious bottles of red wine by a blazing fire. Award-winning wine estate, Wildekrans has long believed that great wine is not just for drinking, but an essential ingredient to creating second-helping winter dishes and healthy ones too. And the secret to perfect winter cooking? Never cook with a wine that you wouldn’t drink. Fact.
Boutique wine estate and winner of the Terrior Wine Estate of the year 2012, Wildekrans, holds firm to its philosophy that great wines begin in the vineyard. Attesting to this idea is the production of the multi award winning Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve 2010 and the Osiris Chenin Blanc BS 2009.
December holidays are over and 2013 has begun. Everyone has reluctantly gone back to work and photos, memories and tans are all that’s left of the Festive Season’s break. But all is not lost, the key to staying relaxed in 2013 is to make sure you get out of the City as often as possible.
A fabulous and fun-filled celebration of friends and family who stayed on the estate, witnessed the marriage of Chris and Em who had their country wedding on the deck overlooking the Bot River. The reception was held in the barn and the newly weds and reception guests enjoyed a 5 day break on the beautifully situated Wildekrans Estate.