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A NEW ICARUS RISES FROM SOUTH AFRICA

“I am led by the history of the vineyard,” says De Wet Lategan, his mind transported to the valley that’s been the family home for six generations. “Sometimes a young wine may be a little shy. But there are vineyards that I trust; whose sublime generosity and depth become evident over time, overshadowing the gifts of their peers.” Lategan is the winemaker at Bergsig Estate, the South African producer of fine, award-winning wines that has just launched its flagship white blend in the Icarus range. Named after the soaring mythical Greek character, the label is a reflection of the mountain peaks that surround the estate, the Lategan family’s passion for flight, and the driving pursuit of excellence that pervades Bergsig’s wines, from vine to bottle. The Icarus 2013 joins the Icarus red, a blend of the best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional that was launched in 2005. The white is a meld of Chardonnay, Chenin blanc and Weisser Riesling – varietals that have been on the farm for years. “The Chenin was an automatic choice. As for the Riesling, I really wanted to include it. The flavours of aged Riesling are indescribable, almost mysterious, and enhance the woody notes in the Chardonnay. We have Riesling vines that are over 40 years old.” Together, the Icarus blends represent the pinnacle of blending craftsmanship in the Bergsig wine portfolio. “Since launching the red, we’ve always wanted to add a white blend to the Icarus range,” says Lategan. “It just happened that now the time was perfect to do so.” Climate and soils conspired to produce fruit of complexity and balance, which resonated with the winemaker who has honed his natural instincts over numerous vintages. “The blend first comes together in my mind; I know how the wines taste and believe one needs to trust your instinct. After my studies I made wine very scientifically. Now I realise that over time, the art lies in seeing the subtle nuances that make the difference between a good wine and a great wine.” Bergsig Estate has been widely lauded. In most recent years, it has claimed medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) and Veritas. The Bergsig Cape LBV 2003 was named best port at the SA Terroir Wine Awards last year, while the Bergsig Icarus 2010 collected a Gran D’Or at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2013 and Grand Gold at the Mundus Vini international wine show. Earlier this year, the Bergsig Sauvignon Blanc 2013 won gold at Mundus Vini too. Attaining the heights of Icarus however, the winemaker relies ultimately on nature to provide excellent fruit. Bergsig, meaning “mountain view”, is situated at the junction of the Drakenstein and Hex River Mountains, at the head of the Breede River wine region. The farm itself benefits from a diversity of mineral-rich soils, churned up over centuries by a deep geological fault line that runs below the vineyards. It is here that the life-giving Breede River, fed by plentiful annual rains, also has its source. “Along with the lower temperatures we experience at night, our climate is very similar to that of California’s Napa Valley,” says Lategan. In addition, grapes from this region generally enjoy a longer “hang time” thanks to a moderate climate that sees the last fruit harvested far later than most other regions. This longer ripening aids the development of flavours that are later reflected in the wine. The behaviour of the vineyards in this unique terroir has been observed and carried down through generations – ever since Lategan’s family established the first vines at Bergsig in 1843. The appreciation of the fine balance at play is also the reason for the estate’s commitment to the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI), Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) and Woolworths’ Farming for the Future programme, which encourage conservation and sustainable farming practices. “I feel a natural connection with the soil…it impacts on everything thereafter,” Lategan says. “And water is the most important element of a farm. A healthy river produces healthy grapes. It’s a passion he seeks to pass on, for those who will follow in his footsteps. “I try to teach my children to be humble and respectful to nature,” says Lategan. The new Icarus is available along with the remaining Bergsig wines from leading retailers and agents around the world. For more information, phone +27 23 355 1603, send email to wine@bergsig.co.za or visit: www.bergsig.co.za.

Bergsig wins Mundus Vini gold

On Thursday the 13th of March the 2014 results for the annual Mundus Vini International Wine Awards in Germany was announced. This year Bergsig Wine Estate took home three medals, one gold and two silver. The most prestigious of the three is the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc which was awarded a gold medal. The 2012 Pinotage and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon were both awarded silver medals. Bergsig has been part of the Mundus Vini awards for several years and has a proud history of quality awards. In 2013 our famous Icarus won gold at Mundus Vini, the best that any South African red wine did at the International Wine Awards. This year was no different and Bergsig continued to impress. To provide a little context to the Mundus Vini awards, here is some background information. The Mundus Vini International Wine Awards was first held in 2001 and has grown in leaps and bounds with over 6000 entries at present. The purpose on the awards is to promote and indicate quality and to help in the decision making of consumers when purchasing wine. It also provides winemakers and wineries with recognition for their work. Wines from all regions of the world are entered to compete against one another in several different categories. A jury comprised of German and international oenologists, wine analysts, specialist retailers, sommeliers, trade journalists and buyers from the most important dealers then judges the wines according to the internationally recognised 100 point scale. The number of products receiving awards in the competition is limited to the 30% of samples submitted in each category achieving the highest number of points. There are three different medals that a wine can possibly win: Grand Gold - Firstly there is the "GRAND GOLD" award which is only awarded to the best of the wines submitted. At least 95 points must be achieved in the judging of the wines by the international jury. No wine has yet achieved 100 points. Nevertheless, each year there are a few "candidates", which come very close to this dream. Gold - Secondly there is the "GOLD" award for which at least 90 points must be achieved in the judging of the wines by the international jury. Silver - Lastly there is the "SILVER" award for which at least 85 points must be achieved to be awarded. In the end, only the best wines in each category are awarded a medal, making Mundus Vini International Wine Awards one of the most prestigious awards in the world. This year Bergsig brought home three medals and we here at Bergsig are very proud of this achievement. Be on the look out for the Mundus Vini medals on the bottles of our award winning wines. Greetings Bergsig For a more elaborate list of medals that Bergsig wines have won at the Mundus Vini International Wine wards over the last couple of years, visit the link below

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Welcome to Bergsig

Bergsig Wine Estate is situated in the Breede River Valley in South Africa, about 110 km from Cape Town. This is where the Drakenstein and Hex River Mountains meet, creating such scenic surroundings that the farm was named "Bergsig", meaning "mountain view". In the valley and mountain slopes, this family estate offers a unique combination of soils, aspects and climatic conditions, ideally suited for the creation of the finest wines, recognised internationally for their exceptional quality. With its awe inspiring setting, traditional Bistro and fines wines, Bergsig is the perfect destination for celebrating life.

Wine Tasting

Taste the international award winning wines Besrgsig Estate has to offer produced by legendary winemaker De Wet Lategan. Our range of wines are produced by a combination of the best grape varieties, local climatic conditions and generations of Lategan winemaking expertise. The tasting room is open Mondays to Fridays 08:00 to 17:00 and Saturdays 09:00 to 17:00.

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Breërivier
Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27 23 355 1603
Fax: +27 23 355 1658
E-mail: wine@bergsig.co.za
Open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00 and Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00.

Bergsig Bistro

Open Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 17:00 and Saturdays 09:00 to 17:00.
Situated on the top floor at Bergsig, to take advantage of the sweeping views of vineyards and the Limiet Mountains, the stylishly decorated Bistro offers a friendly relaxed dining atmosphere. It can accommodate up to 36 guests for a variety of meals, ranging from breakfast, or delicious tea, coffee and cake, to traditional lunches, including dishes like Bobotie, Oxtail and Waterblommetjie Bredie in winter and exquisite salads and lighter meals in summer.




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