Bouchard Finlayson has received global acclaim in the International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2018 for the 2016 vintage of its flagship Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, not only taking a GOLD medal, but also winning Trophies as BEST SA PINOT NOIR, as well as BEST SA RED.
Thousands of wines from 55 countries were put to the test by a panel of experts in this prestigious competition. Now in its 34th year, the IWC is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.
In last year’s IWC competition, the 2015 Galpin Peak also won a gold medal, as well as the regional trophy. It was also announced this week that this particular vintage has been included in the coveted Wine Merchant TOP 100 list for 2018 – a competition devoted to wines in the independent trade and judged entirely by specialist independent wine retailers in the UK.
Tasting notes describe the 2016 vintage as having ‘an earthiness on the nose, followed by excellent colour and bold palate complexity. Dark red fruit with a savoury mixture of cherries, plums and cinnamon drift into an extended palate feel, whilst eleven months in French oak barrels will allow for an extended maturation.’
Tintswalo Safari Lodge has introduced a wedding package to offer couples the ultimate and exclusive ‘destination safari wedding’. The bridal couple and up to 14 of their guests can be accommodated on an exclusive-use basis when booking the main lodge for a minimum of two nights. The rate includes accommodation in six luxury Explorer Suites (up to 12 guests), plus up to four guests in the Presidential Suite.
For slightly larger weddings, another 10 guests may be added to be accommodated in the nearby Manor House. The Manor House is also available on an exclusive-use basis on its own, for more intimate weddings of parties of no more than 10.
Included in the Tintswalo Safari Lodge wedding package for resident guests is breakfast and dinner daily, romantic turndowns, as well as light afternoon lunch and all local beverages (excluding the wedding reception drinks). Also included is a Couples Hydrobath treatment and a complimentary back and neck massage for the bridal couple, whilst awaiting in the bridal suite on arrival, will be a bottle of sparkling wine, as well as a snack platter and sparkling wine prior to the wedding ceremony.
Mr and Mrs may start their married life together in the Baker Honeymoon Suite, which was named after explorers Samuel and Florence Baker who romantically travelled together through wild Africa in the 19th century. The most perfect honeymoon destination in the wild, this private suite boasts a beautiful, hand carved four-poster bed, a plunge pool, and a lavish en-suite bathroom, complete with outdoor shower.
Tintswalo Weddings are customised to make every bride’s dream wedding a reality. Setting Tintswalo apart from most wedding venues is the flexibility of set-ups and wedding arrangements, as well as the magical wilderness backdrop that the Manyeleti Game Reserve offers as the finest place to say ‘I do’.
A short drive from Hoedspruit and sharing an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the pristine private Manyeleti boasts one of the lowest vehicle densities in the Greater Kruger region. Here Tintswalo Safari Lodge guests are spoiled with uninterrupted Big 5 game viewing experiences in an untouched African wilderness.
As the bridal couple will enjoy exclusivity of the lodge, several breathtaking open-air venues are available for the wedding ceremony, including a Boma set-up, the Riverbed in front of the lodge deck, or the Open Savannah in the heart of the bush. This may be followed by a glamorous wedding reception in the opulent dining room, ‘al fresco’ on the deck, or a long table for up to 30 guests at Tintswalo Airstrip or overlooking Wild Dog Dam.