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In July 2014, Jancis Robinson MW wrote "I'm not a great fan of the word 'icon' when attached to wine so it was with a certain amount of scepticism that I attended a wine tasting last month billed as a collection of South African Icons. In my general tastings in Britain, I had been becoming increasingly aware of a whole new wave of young South Africans making a quite different style of wine. So, despite the name, I was particularly keen to taste these 'icons'. I was not disappointed " says Jancis Robinson MW.

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Cape South CoastThe Cape South Coast, South Africa's coolest wine growing region, encompasses wineries in the Elgin Valley, Bot River, Hermanus, Elim and Napier wine growing regions.

The exclusive Cape South Coast collection represents a distinctly diverse bouquet of producers, ranging from the traditional to the cutting-edge and unconventional, who are all committed to quality-driven, cool-climate wines with a sense of place.

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Paul Cluver Seven Flags Decanter Award

 2017 has without a doubt been a phenomenal year for Paul Cluver Wines, receiving local and international acclaim for their superb range of wines. The latest in an already impressive lineup was the award for the Best Chardonnay in the World at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards for its Seven Flags Chardonnay 2016.

The Decanter World Wine Awards results were announced in London on 25 May 2017, which saw 219 expert judges taste the 17,200 entries to eventually award the coveted Platinum Best in Show medals. Paul Cluver Wines was only one of two South African producers to receive this prestigious medal. A total of 34 Platinum Best in Show medals were awarded. The judging panel included 65 Masters of Wine and 20 Master Sommeliers.

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About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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