Invitation to the inaugural Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium

The inaugural Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium

Date: 7 October

Morning in the Elgin Valley, South Africa starts with an Elgin Chardonnay technical presentation by Richard Kershaw MW, followed by lunch at Rockhaven Boathouse. After lunch, two tutored tastings featuring two flights of six wines each will be hosted by Jamie Goode. A selection of 2013 Elgin Chardonnays will be served at a gala dinner in the evening at Rockhaven.

MORNING SESSION   11h30-13h00:


Richard Kershaw MW

One of only 10 Masters of Wine who actively make their own wines, Richard Kershaw is pursuing his dream in Elgin in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. He focuses on cool climate, site-specific, clonally selected wines.

Richard Kershaw MW

  14h00-15h30 & 15h45-17h15:

Jamie Goode


Dr Jamie Goode

Two flights of 6 wines each during each session, hosted by Jamie Goode, a London-based winewriter who is currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express. As well as writing he also lectures and judges wine.

19h00 till late

VENUE. Rockhaven

Gala Dinner

Dinner served with a selection of 2013 Elgin Chardonnay's.
Dress: casual.

Chardonnay gala dinner

Date: 8 October

MORNING SESSIONS   choose one of three venues:

Boschendal & Lothian

Venue: Lothian

Elgin Chardonnay: From Vine to Glass – The Influence of Viticulture

Oneiric & Richard Kershaw

Venue: Oneiric

What on earth is terroir and how does it affect your glass of Chardonnay?

Almenkerk, Corder Family Wines & Highlands Road

Venue: Almenkerk

Cool Chardonnay Challenge – A Fun Quiz Experience

LUNCH EVENTS   choose one of four venues:

Paul Cluver Wines & Sutherland Vineyards

Venue: Paul Cluver Wines

Burgundy vs Chablis

A tantalising lunch prepared by one of South Africa's top culinary talents, Craig Cormack, paired with Paul Cluver and Sutherland Chardonnays will follow.

Oak Valley & Elgin Vintners

Venue: Oak Valley

Pork & Cork

A sit-down tasting of five vintages of Oak Valley and Elgin Vintners Chardonnays, followed by a scrumptious "Pork it Up" menu courtesy of Chef Gordon Manuel.

South Hill, Neil Ellis & Matthew van Heerden

Venue: South Hill Vineyards

Elgin Chardonnay vs New World Chardonnay

A surprise three course lunch with Chef Pellie Grobler from Pretoria's top gourmet restaurant, Black Bamboo will be paired with chardonnays from South Hill, Neil Ellis and Matthew van Heerden.

Iona & Charles Fox MCC

Venue: Iona

Champagne, oysters, lunch and Chardonnay at Iona

A superb lunch prepared by Rozy Gunn will be paired with a selection of five vintages of the Iona Chardonnay and will be rounded off with specially selected white cheeses to complement Chardonnay.

Elgin Chardonnay producers

Almenkerk Wine Estate, Boschendal, Corder Family Wines, Elgin Vintners, Iona, Highlands Road, Lothian Vineyards, Oak Valley, Oneiric, Paul Cluver Wines, Neil Ellis Wines, Matthew van Heerden, South Hill, Sutherland Vineyards and Richard Kershaw.

International wines

Norman Hardie Chardonnay Unfiltered (Niagara Peninsula), Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay (Ban­nockburn, New Zealand), Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet (1er Cru Les Pucelles, Burgundy), Poderi Aldo Conterno (Langhe Bianco Bussiador, Piedmont, Italy), Henri Boillot (Meursault, 1er Cru Les Genevrieres, Burgundy), Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay (Margaret River, Australia), Maycas del Limari Quebrada Seca (Limari Valley, Chile) and Ramey (Platt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, California, USA)

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