South African wine supplier Diverse Flavours will be showcasing the new Avondale Navitas 2008 vintage and Ernie Els Proprietor’s Range, as well as its award-winning Groot Constantia line of wines, at this month’s TFWA Asia Pacific exhibition (stand number: C34).
The Avondale Navitas 2008 vintage, a Rhone blend, is led by Syrah and Mourvedre, with a small portion of Grenache grapes from organically cultivated 18-year old vines. The bottle is presented in a cork and aluminium container, said to reflect Avondale’s philosophy of a natural winemaking process. The cork is 100% sustainable, natural and biodegradable, while the gold hexagonal components are hand-fitted with brass and leather.
Avondale’s 2008 Navitas ‘wine-comb’ packaging is made with natural materials
Avondale Wines Owner Jonathan Grieve commented: “We’re very proud of the result. When we started this project we wanted the packaging to reflect the exclusiveness of the wine and at the same time have an alternative use or afterlife. Each container that holds a bottle of Navitas provides a linear fit with another to create a “˜wine-comb’ that delivers the best presentation of our wines.”
Diverse Flavours will also be launching the Ernie Els Proprietor’s Range in Singapore. The collection, which will be available in limited-supply, comprises the award-winning Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Proprietor’s Blend and Proprietor’s Syrah. The wines are housed in a special wooden collector’s box, including a letter and description of the wines.
All varietals and vintages of the Proprietor’s Range have received between 89-93 of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate points.
The wine supplier will also be highlighting its award-winning Groot Constantia line of wines at TFWA Asia Pacific.
Only a limited number of the Ernie Els Proprietor’s Range will be available
Groot Constantia, said to be South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm, celebrated its 330th year of wine production in February with an event at the farm which brought together the estate’s wine maker, staff and harvesters. The wine produced from that special harvest will be bottled as a special commemorative vintage to celebrate over three centuries of wine production.
According to Groot Constantia, its wines have been enjoyed over the years by people such as King Louis Philippe of France, Napoleon and the British Royal Family.
Groot Constantia General Manager Jean Naudé said: “This is an achievement that cannot be claimed by any other wine farm in South Africa, nor in the Southern Hemisphere. The Groot Constantia trademark is also one of the oldest surviving trademarks in the world today.”
Wines from Groot Constantia’s estate have won a total of 86 accolades since 2003
In other news, Groot Constantia’s 2013 Chardonnay beat 800 entrants to be crowned the best in the world at the recent Chardonnay-du-Monde competition, which took place from 11-14 March in the Burgundy wine region of France. The Chardonnay’s other accolades include a gold medal at the Veritas Wine Awards, a Winemakers’ Choice Award, a trophy at the 2014 annual Taj Awards, as well as a Terroir Wine Award.
Wines from Groot Constantia’s estate have won a total of 86 top accolades since 2003, most recently walking away with several coveted trophies at the 2015 Taj Awards, including ‘Most Iconic Producer’.
Diverse Flavours Managing Director Anthony Budd commented: “We are very lucky to have these wonderful wines in our portfolio. I am confident that the Groot Constantia range of wines will be one of the bestselling South African wine ranges in Asia Pacific duty free.”
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