Cloof Wine Estate (Pty.) Ltd.

The Grapevine - Quarterly Trade Newsletter

Darling of origin, Darling by nature

Cloof Wine Estate sends a warm welcome to all our trade partners from a hot and sunny South Africa.  The all new edition of Grapevine is a quarterly trade newsletter providing all our partners with the latest informative and newsworthy items from the Cloof winery.  We aim to keep you updated on all the latest activity and product improvements here on the farm and hope this will give you an improved service.  Darling is the heartbeat of the West Coast region. Our village lies tucked away between hills of vineyards and golden wheat fields. Since its inception, Darling wine route has grown immensely in popularity.  Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth with sea breezes, mountain ranges and deep soils promote a wealth of resources in vineyard production. The West Coast is recognised as one of the most promising viticultural regions and is bursting with quality plantings of noble varietals, with Cloof Wine Estate producing intense, bold flavoured wines from grapes grown under extreme conditions.

Cloof Wines.....Tops the Charts again

Darlings unique combination of rich soils and climate contributes to the bold flavours and richness of our wines. Cloof wines continue to win medals and accolades from around the world including ringing endorsements from leading wine writers and critics alike.

Stop Press - New Release

This fourth quarter has seen the release of our latest addition to our premium range, the Cloof Merlot 2011. The unique style and quality is directly attributed to the fruit produced by our vineyards and is showing a strong companion to our portfolio of wines.

Cloof continues to raise the bar

Cloof is proud to be the main sponsor for one of South Africas leading show jumpers Jeanne Engela, who has won several gold and silver medals at many events Nationally and Internationally.

November marks the starting date of one of two shows left for this year. This World Cup Qualifier will be held between 13 and 17 November 2013 and will take place in Port-Elizabeth. The second show will be held in Stellenbosch from November 20th to November 24th, 2013.  The two horses representing Cloof Wine Estate, are "Cloof Inferno" and "Cloof Costa Rica".They have been doing really well and keep flying the Cloof flag high. They both competed recently at the World Cup Qualifier held in Krugersdorp (Johannesburg) and jumped clear rounds the whole show, over 5 days with not one fault.

New and improved online presence

We are excited to announce our brand new website has now gone live. “ The new look and feel is a great improvement” said Fatiema George Cloof Wines Marketing Assistant. The website is far more easier to navigate, includes feature rich content and much more exciting information about the products and services. Why not check it out now at www.cloof.co.za
Meet the sales team

New Appointment

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Julian Drake as European Sales Manager for Cloof Wines. Julian has a wealth of experience in the wine and spirits industry spanning more than 25 years.This new appointment will help enhance our position in the market along with providing an improved and regular support for all our channel partners.

Another Bumper Crop this year?

After a cold and wet winter we can report a higher water table then normal. Winter rest was longer then usual so the vineyards budded approx 3 weeks later as normal. This gave us time to repair our farm roads which were badly eroded, before applying the first seasonal spray. At this stage we can report, though its still early days, that we have a bigger crop then last year. Everything looks healthy.

Winemakers Corner by Christopher van Dieren

July and August are traditionally the months where we are busy with removing the former vintages out of the barrels and transferring the new vintage into barrels. However this year we are a bit delayed, due to some special projects coming our way. One of the services Cloof Wine Estate is offering is making wine under private labels.Jody, Cloof’s assistant winemaker was tasked with sourcing a Pinot Noir base wine to make a Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend (vin gris).  After several calls and long negotiations he managed to source 6 000 litres which we blended with 6000 litres of our Chardonnay. The wine was bottled the last week of August and hit the shelves in mid September. Since its release we only get positive comments on this wine which proves to be very popular.

Cloof supply wine for Nelson Mandela Art Exhibition opening

Richard Stone & Nelson Mandela Cloof Wines were chosen to supply wines for the world opening of the “We love Nelson Mandela art exhibition” at South Africa House in London on the 2nd of October 2013. The exhibition was attended by over 200 VIP guests including Richard Stone, the renowned British portrait artist, and many other dignitaries.

Cloof continues to increase global presence.

Cloof Wine Estate exports to over 30 countries and is seeking Importers, Agents and Distributors to represent our full product portfolio and partner with us to enhance the brand and increase sales of our full range of quality wines. All interested parties should contact us at sales@cloof.co.za or martin@cloofwines.co.uk.

Cloof Wine Estate | Off R315 Mamre Road, Darling , 7345 | Tel: +27 22 492 2839 | www.cloof.co.za | info@cloof.co.za


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