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A summer's lunch...

Wouldn’t a lovely summer lunch be perfect now with a delicious glass of Dougas Green!?

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Douglas Green are celebrating Gran d’Or honours for their Vineyards Creations Chardonnay 2011 from The Michelangelo International Wine Awards announced in Cape Town on Friday last week.

“What fantastic news as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Douglas Green Wines!” says an elated Douglas Green Oenologist, Jaco Potgieter. “Recognition like this is tremendously encouraging, as it is tangible acknowledgement of our tireless efforts in selection of specific vineyards for stylistic expression and varietal performance as well as the brilliant collaboration with our growers and appointed cellars.

Douglas Green himself used this exact approach and now seven decades later, we think he would be pleased that his philosophy is still finding favour and winning gold medals.”

The 16th annual Michelangelo International Wine Awards attracted more than 1432 entries from 295 producers that were judged by an expert panel of 15 judges from 14 countries. Australian based Cape Wine Master and Technical Director, Sue van Wyk, was enthusiastic about the quality level of the entries saying,“Top scoring wines are of world class quality.”

A total of 44 Gran d’Or medals were awarded, with only 4 for Chardonnay. The grapes for the 2011 vintage are from sites grown on the limestone soils of Robertson and Bonnievale that are world-renowned for top class chardonnay with classic structure and fresh flavours. This solid core was perfectly complemented by the fruit-forward, peachy notes in the fruit from the warmer Worcester area. Each vineyard block was fermented separately with 80% on French oak, 10% on American oak and the remaining 10% left unwooded. The wine was left on the final lees for further complexity and integration before final blending and bottling at our cellars in Wellington.

What makes this a stand-out Chardonnay? “This is the end result of experience and terroir with a proven track record for varietal performance packed with sunny ripe fleshy peach,lime marmalade and orange blossom delicacy finishing with discreet vanilla and tangy pineapple flavour,” says Jaco. “It is a very attractive wine, and the 2012 vintage is looking even better!”

Douglas Green Chardonnay 2011 is available at selected wine retailers at an average retail selling price of R 45.00.

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Scientists want to study samples of the world’s oldest wine, currently being displayed at a museum in the town of Speyer, Germany. The only hitch is: everybody’s afraid to open the bottle!

The glass bottle, estimated to be at least 1,650 years old, has been handled with extreme care since it was found and has been displayed on the exact same spot for the last 100 years.

Museum directors biggest fear is that the bottle could shatter and its priceless content be destroyed as a result of just a moment’s carelessness! Although scientists are eager to test it to find out exactly how old it is and where it comes from, not to mention what it tastes like, cracking it open is out of the question.

Ludger Tekampe, the head of the department responsible for storing the wine, says: “It’s not clear what would happen if air gets into the wine”. Further, there is a danger that, after all this time, the wine could have become poisonous. Scientists however doubt that this would be the case and state that the wine would probably just not carry a very pleasant taste.

Tekampe stated that the wine’s content is remarkable stable considering what it’s been through. However he is still the only person who handles the bottle; everyone else is just too afraid. “I held the bottle in my hand twice during renovations. It was a strange feeling”, he said.

What do YOU think should be done about the bottle? Should they open it or leave it un-touched?

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The Oldest Bottle of Wine…

Unearthed in a vineyard near the town of Speyer, Germany, the oldest wine bottle was found inside a Roman tomb. The bottle was found in 1867 and dates back to approximately 325 A.D. and is believed to be the only one with the contents still preserved!

ImageUpon closer inspection, the green-yellow glass amphora has handles shaped like dolphins. The ancient liquid content inside has a silty sediment. About two thirds of the contents are thicker. It is estimated that this is an olive oil which the Romans commonly used to float on top of wine to preserve it from oxidation. Although they did have cork closure at that time it seems that their oil method of preservation has worked quite effectively- keeping the wine from evaporating to this very day!

The bottle is permanently on display, along with other wine antiquities at the Historisches Museum der Pfalz in Germany. 

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