As the second Cabernet Franc Carnival, sponsored by Avontuur Estate, draws near, the organisors decided to create a matching award mechanism to further highlight the quality of the varietal as produced in South Africa.
All Cabernet Franc producers are invited to enter as many of their wines as they see fit, as long as it contains a minimum of 85% of the varietal for the Cab Franc Challenge 2016. The closing date for entries is 4 March 2016.
A blind judging process will take place on Wednesday, 6 April at Avontuur Estate under the capable direction of Panel Chair Christine Rudman with the assistance of four expert judges, and the top 6 wines will be announced on 20 April at an intimate early dinner at the Farm.
The six winning wines will be available at tutored tasting sessions at the Cabernet Franc Carnival at Avontuur Estate on Saturday, 21 May from 11h00-17h00. After the Carnival, a limited quantity of the winning wines will be for sale as a 6-bottle gift box from www.wine.co.za . The price will be confirmed once the winners are announced.
Challenge Coordinator Celia Gilloway said many suggestions had already come from entrants as the competition gathers momentum. “One suggestion is that we choose one winner and runners-up and award a first prize medal next year for example. Quite a few wineries have shown an interest in a “older vintage” category as well,” she says.
To find out more and get hold of an entry form, contact Celia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082-782-1977.