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Finalists announced for 2017 Diners Club winemaker of the year awards.

The finalists for the Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards have been announced. Five winemakers have been shortlisted to compete for the prestigious Winemaker of the Year award, while four will vie for the Young Winemaker of the Year title.

Winemaker1 -- The 2017 Diner's Club Winemaker of the Year finalists -- NiAaAaAeAe1/2l Groenewald (Bellingham), Christiaan Groenewald (New Cape Wines Clayton Reabow (MAaAaAeA reson), AndrAaAaAeA@ Scriven (Rooiberg), De Wet Vil (Neethlingshof)

Diners Club introduced the Winemaker of the Year award in 1981 to encourage local winemakers to raise the standard of wines produced in South Africa. 17 years later the Young Winemaker of the Year award was introduced to encourage winemakers under the age of 30 to develop their skills, express their individuality, and add to the future prestige of South African wines internationally. These awards, focusing on quality and recognition of excellence, are regarded as the country's most prestigious and well-respected wine industry competition.

The competition is open to all in the South African wine industry at no cost and consequently this affords all winemakers a shot at the sought-after titles. While other awards focus on just the wine, the Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards celebrate the skills and talent of the vintners. The awards are presented to the winemakers who produce a wine that the judging panel considers to be the best in a specified class. The categories for 2017 are Pinotage single varietal wines for Winemaker of the Year, and White Wines for Young Winemaker of the Year. As in previous years, a few winemakers have been shortlisted for more than one submission.

The field was narrowed down to the nine finalists through rigorous judging over two days by a team of wine gurus, including renowned international judge, William Predhomme. All the judges agree that it will be a close race for the top prize, a clear indication that the finalist wines are outstanding. Judges examined each wine evaluating appearance, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression.

The 2017 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year finalists -- Charl Schoeman (Simonsig), Philip Viljoen (Bon Courage), Murray Barlow (Rustenberg), Wade Roger-Lund (Jordan) The 2017 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year finalists are: Winemaker of the Year category: Pinotage

AndrAaAaAeA@ Scriven -- Rooiberg Pinotage Reserve 20

Christiaan Groenewald -- New Cape Wines -- Arendskloof Pinotage 2015 and Eagles Cliff Pinotage 2017

Clayton Reabow -- MAaAaAeA reson Widowmaker Pinotage 20

De Wet Viljoen -- Neethlingshof Pinotage 2016

NiAaAaAeAe1/2l Groenewald -- Bellingham Homestead Pinotage 20

Young Winemaker of the Year category: White Wines

Charl Schoeman -- Simonsig Roussanne 2016 and Roussanne Marsanne 2016

Murray Barlow -- Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2016

Philip Viljoen -- Bon Courage Chardonnay Unwooded 2017 and Noble Late Harvest 2016 (Weisser Riesling/GewAaAaAeAe-rztramine

Wade Roger-Lund -- Jordan Blanc de Blancs MAaAaAeA@thode Cap Classique 20

The 2017 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year judges

William Predhomme

Carrie Adams

Debi Van Flymen

James Pietersen

Michael Crossley

Nomonde Kubheka

Ntsiki Biyela

The winning Winemaker receives R50 000 and the Young Winemaker R25 000. Both winemakers also receive two return air tickets on Delta Airlines to any wine producing region in the USA.

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