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Top Winemakers honoured by Wine-of-the-Month Club
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Frans Smit, winemaker at Spier Wines, was celebrating with his peers on the 15th of September.

He received the Winemaker-of-the-Year Award at the annual Wine-of- the-Month Club Winemaker Awards Lunch, held this year at Waterkloof. This is the second consecutive year that Frans has been awarded this honour by Wine-of- the-Month Club, the country's leading direct mail wine company.

The annual awards celebrate and reward winemakers whose wines have been Chosen by the Club's 10 independent panelists in the past year.

The Wine-of-the-Month Club selects hundreds of wines, of different types and styles, each year - all of which are assessed blind by the panel - and delivers them to its members, in different wine programmes.

This year's Winemaker of the Year Award went to Frans Smit of Spier Wines. Frans had the most wines chosen, eight in all.

The Wine-of-the-Month Club also awarded trophies to the makers of the best cultivar wines. Trophy winners are picked in a blind taste-off of the 20 highest scoring wines in nine different wine categories and the trophies are awarded whether or not the wine was used as an actual selection by the Club in one of its monthly wine packs.

Trophy Winners:
CHARDONNAY (Out of 135 Wines Tasted): Spier Private Collection Chardonny 2007
CHENIN BLANC (149 Wines Tasted): Tokara Zondernaam Chenin Blanc 2008
SAUVIGNON BLANC (305 Wines Tasted): Zonnebloem Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2009
DRY WHITE BLENDS (115 Wines Tasted): Allée Bleue Isabeau 2008
MERLOT (225 Wines Tasted): Kaapzicht Merlot 2007
SHIRAZ (160 Wines Tasted): Stellenbosch Hills Shiraz 2007
PINOTAGE (155 Wines Tasted): Mount Vernon Three Peaks Pinotage 2008
CABERNET SAUVIGNON (140 Wines Tasted): Fleur du Cap Unfiltered & Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
BORDEAUX BLENDS (120 Wines Tasted): Idiom Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2006

Frans Smit won the title of Winemaker of the Year with the:

Spier Discover Sweet 2009
Spier Inspire Chenin Blanc 2008
Lesebo Pinotage 2007
Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc 2007
Spier Malbec/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot 2005
Spier Private Collection Merlot 2006
Spier Private Collection Pinotage 2006
Savanha Chardonnay 2009

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