ECHO Events and Conferences handled the conceptualisation and coordination of the sixth annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, sponsored by Novare Investments. Top South African winemaker's and enthusiasts gathered at the picturesque Meerendal Wine Estate near Cape Town to pay homage to some of the country's finest wines.
On arrival, guests were welcomed by the melodic tunes of Carol Thorns playing her signature red, electric cello, to a setting that included outdoor lounging areas adorned with soft furnishings in deep shades of purples and burgundies. Vases filled with aromatic elements such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, apples and lemons were incorporated into the wine displays to reflect the tasting notes of the award winning wines.
Guests mingled on the lawn in the early afternoon sunshine before entering the Meerendal barn that made for an impressive yet homely dining space with a roaring fire to keep guests warm and comfortable. Name place holders doubled up as unique, leather wine tasting journals which guests could use to keep tally of the variety of amazing wines enjoyed throughout the day. For lunch, the main course consisted of tender lamb shank cutlets braised in red wine and accompanied by a crisp potato rosti, young carrots and zucchini mignons. Beautifully assembled cheese platters were served as a leisurely dessert option.
Johan Rademan presented the much anticipated awards ceremony. After a record 251 entries, five wine farms stood out with two National Winners each, Doolhof, Durbanville Hills, Hermanuspietersfontein, Jordan and Welbedacht.
The annual Terroir Wine Awards continues to provide wine aficionados with an opportunity to indulge their dedication to viniculture, the grape and of course, the terroir. The 2011 Awards were no exception to this standard.