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It is utterly thrilling to announce that the Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2015 is now open for entries.

Top 100 SA Wines, part of the betterwine.com group, is now five years old, hence the past five day countdown!

Five years ago the first Top 100 Challenge was launched. This has subsequently gained recognition for, and now become, the premier fine-wine MW judged competition in South Africa. Five years on and the brand is stronger than ever: Visible, influential and positively promoting SA fine wines in numerous value adding and unique ways. Group activity and efforts resonate both in SA as well as abroad in key wine consuming markets.

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French wine exports fall in 2014, show figures

Total French wine exports fell by 3.3% in volume to the equivalent of 1.7bn bottles, while the value of exports sank by 1.7% versus 2013, to 7.44bn euros, according to wine and spirits export body FEVS.

Appellation wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux were among the biggest fallers during the year, each dropping by 13% and 9.5% in volume respectively, to 279m and 75m bottles.

Part of the problem for Burgundy, in particular, has been a series of low-yielding harvests. FEVS president Christophe Navarre alluded to this problem more generally in his comments on the figures.

‘Our companies are caught between a structural deficit in the availability of stock and the ability of our competitors to give consumers better value for money,’ he said.

Dry and Windy, that’s De Wetshof Harvest 2015

If there is one geographical feature to characterise the 2015 harvest on De Wetshof Estate, it is wind. According to wine maker Peter de Wet, the Robertson Wine Valley experienced incessantly windy conditions throughout the growing and ripening seasons, the extent of which De Wetshof had seldom seen before. “We are used to the southerly winds blowing in from the coast during the spring and summer months, which are actually a blessing as they cool down the vines,” says Peter. “However, from veraison onwards we also experienced strong winds blowing from a northerly direction when it was not blowing from the south. As a result De Wetshof only really saw high temperatures at the onset of harvest in the middle of January.”