Overhex Wines International had an impressive run at the South African Airways (SAA) Wine of the Year Awards in Cape Town in April. It took home the coveted Red Wine of the Year award, for its 2015 Survivor Offspring Red Blend, the SAA CEO’s Award for the Most Listings (nine) as well as the SAA Chairman’s Award for the Most Wine in Litres (105,344 litres). Winemaker Ben Snyman tells us about his passion for the craft and the influence travel has had on his award-winning palate.
What does winning the SAA Red Wine of the Year award mean to you personally and for your career?
Winning this award as a young winemaker is a tremendous honour and has inspired me to work even harder, to deliver world-class wine.
What is your favourite varietal?
I really enjoy a red blend that has Cabernet Sauvignon as part of it.
Which varietal would you love to work with?
I love working with Chenin Blanc because of how versatile the variety is – from dry to sweet, oaked and unoaked, all depending on the style that’s desired.
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