July 23, 2010
Fleur du Cap’s Andrea Freeborough Is 2010 SA Woman Winemaker
Fleur du Cap’s Andrea Freeborough Named South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year
Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 23, 2010 — Andrea Freeborough, cellarmaster at Die Bergkelder, the renowned Stellenbosch home of Fleur du Cap wines, has been crowned 2010 SA Woman Winemaker of the year.
Andrea wowed the judges with her 2009 Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest, a gold medalist at the 2010 International Wine Challenge in London, where Fleur du Cap triumphed as the top South African gold medal winner and brought home three of the 10 golds won by local wines at this highly contested international competition.
Made of predominantly Chenin Blanc from a 30-year-old bush vine, the wine shows attractive aromas of honey, litchi and dried fruit on the nose, whilst peaches and dried fruit dominate the palate. Great acidity tempers the sweetness and accentuates the fruit flavors of this lauded dessert wine.
The second highest scoring wine in the Winemaker of the Year competition, the equally elegant Unfiltered Fleur du Cap Chardonnay 2009 was also made under Andrea’s direction at Die Bergkelder.
“I love what I do. Every vintage brings with it its own challenges and opportunities and I enjoy the fact that there is not a lot of predictability when you make wine. You work with what nature gives you, and my aim is to make wines that will appeal to social wine lovers, as well as wine experts alike,” says Andrea.
Andrea beat 77 wine entries from 32 woman winemakers across South Africa in this year’s competition.