Diners Club winemaker awards finalists announced

■ 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 winemaker of the year award, while six will vie for the young winemaker of the year title. The categories for 2018 are chardonnay single varietal wines for winemaker of the year, and red wines of any varietal or blend for young winemaker of the year. As in previous years, winemakers can be shortlisted for more than one submission. The field was narrowed down to the eleven finalists over two days of judging by international judge, Michael O’Connell with Carrie Adams, Debi van Flymen, Michael Crossley, Nomonde Kubheka and Ntsiki Biyela. Judges examined each wine, evaluating appearance, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression