Ku­dos to Ka­roo farmer

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

STEL­LEN­BOSCH Hills, home to a range of qual­ity and un­pre­ten­tious wines, an­nounced the re­sults of its 2013 Droë­wors Maker of the Year con­test last week, with a sheep and gar­lic farmer from the Great Ka­roo claim­ing the first prize.

Martin Scholtz of Lox­ton used kudu, spring­bok and Afrikaner mut­ton – all from an­i­mals reared on his farm – to make the win­ning wors, spiced with a blend from spon­sor Freddy Hirsch.

Last year, the in­au­gu­ral com­pe­ti­tion saw bil­tong be­ing matched to one of the cel­lar’s wines. This year, con­tes­tants had to cre­ate a sausage to do jus­tice to the win­ery’s flag­ship four-star 1707 Re­serve 2010 – a shiraz-led Bordeaux-style blend. and Steen­berg, which re­cently re­leased an all-sau­vi­gnon blanc Cap Clas­sique (R95), made in pros­ec­costyle. Youth­ful and crisp, it’s likely to be­come a fes­tive favourite.

Pierre Jour­dan’s Brut (R100), Belle Rose (R155) and Tran­quille (R45) of­fer en­joy­able vari­a­tions on the clas­sic Cham­pagne duo of chardon­nay and pinot noir.

No fes­ti­val of fizz would be com­plete with­out Si­mon­sig’s lively Kaapse Vonkel, the first MCC or Cap Clas­sique to be pro­duced in South Africa.

FES­TIVE FRAN­SCHHOEK: Some of the Cape’s best Cap Clas­siques will be on show along­side French Cham­pagne at the Magic of Bub­bles in Fran­schhoek.

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