Culemborg Wines released in South Africa’s lightest 750ml glass wine bottle
This week DGB(Pty)Ltd reached another important milestone in their quest to be innovative with packaging and to further reduce their impact on the environment when Culemborg Chenin Blanc 2011 & Cape Red 2010 were successfully bottled in the lightest of all glass 750ml wine bottles made in South Africa yet.
“We are the first to bottle in Nampak Wiegand Glass’s new ultra light weight 750 ml glass bottle, weighing only 340g,” says General Manager of Operations Pieter Marais.
Culemborg is one of DGB’s biggest export lines and for this reason, the range was selected for the ultra light weight bottles.
“DGB are well regarded for packaging innovation and this is an important step in further minimizing our eco-footprint,” says Pieter. “The change to these bottles represents a 21% weight reduction on this brand and subsequent significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Lightweighting continues to boost the eco-friendly gains that we have made in line with our program to become a carbon neutral organization. Losing weight is always rewarding, even when it comes to glass bottles!”
Franschhoek Cellar on Top of the World
The excitement at our cellar is tangible following the recent announcement from the internationally acclaimed Syrah du Monde Awards in Brussels that revealed Franschhoek Cellar Baker Station Syrah 2009 as a gold medalist and amongst the top ten in the competition.
“This is an amazing result for our Syrah,” says Franschhoek Cellar winemaker Richard Duckitt. “The typical peppery spice as well as all that succulent black and blue berry fruit that makes Shiraz so seductive was packed into 2009. We are fortunate to work with great purity of fruit that needs minimal oak to add intrigue. We prefer to hang on to that honest taste of Franschhoek.”
Syrah du Monde is an established International Competition that is judged by a panel of international wine experts in accordance with strict EU International Organisation of Wines and Vines regulations and quality standards. 383 wines from 24 countries were tasted with medals being awarded to 128 wines with only 34 Gold Awards.
“To appear in the top ten alongside great wines from France, Italy and Australia, Switzerland, Bulgaria and South Africa is a fantastic honour and goes to show the world class quality that Franschhoek has to offer,” says Richard. “And the best news is that it won’t break the budget either. World Class quality at this price point is a dream come true!”
Bev Strikes Gold
DGB celebrates the proud achievement of Head Office Receptionist Beverly Mashinini who competed in The SA Championships for the Physically Disabled in Rustenburg recently and won gold for Javelin in the F35 category. Bev holds the national record for this event. She also won a Bronze medal in the Discus event. DGB wish to congratulate this tremendous performance and salute Bev's remarkable talent and tenacity.