Kleine Zalze and KWV Glitter in Record Year for Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards

In one of the most competitive line-ups in the 22 year history of the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirts Awards, Stellenbosch producer Kleine Zalze made history when a Shiraz was awarded not only the Grand Prix Wine Trophy  – the show’s top accolade, but for the first time in Michelangelo’s history, a second trophy was awarded to the same wine, namely the Shiraz trophy, sponsored by SA Airlink.  The Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 was the highest scoring wine (98 points) at this year’s competition, which attracted a record number of 2 255 wines and spirits entries. This now makes Michelangelo the largest competition of its kind on the Africa continent and one of the leaders in the southern hemisphere.

The Grand Prix Trophy for Highest Scoring Dessert Wine was awarded to legendary muscadel producer Nuy Winery from Worcester for the Nuy Wit Muskadel 2006.

Since its inception Michelangelo has differentiated itself from other competitions in using a judging panel comprising a majority of international wine and spirits experts. For this year’s judging, 30 judges from 16 nationalities were called upon to score the record number of entries.

Lorraine Immelman, founder and CEO of the Michelangelo Awards says that the judges were unanimous in their view that South Africa was making the finest wines in its history, complemented by a diverse and exciting component of top-quality spirits.

“This year’s judges included British Masters of Wine, sommeliers, wine and spirits producers, educators, spirits experts and influential journalists from Europe, the Far East and the Americas, some of whom have judged on numerous Michelangelo Awards panels in the past,” says Immelman. “The quality of wines are at a noticeable all-time high, with the brandies and other spirits termed world-class in terms of distillation technique and diversity of flavour.”

Out of the 2225 entries for this year’s competition, the judges handed out 26 trophies, 36 Platinum medals and 150 Double Gold medals.

“The high number of double gold medals certainly reflects the judges’ comments and the scores which were returned this year,” says Immelman. “Despite an extra workload due to the record number of entries, judges were unanimous in agreeing that the standard of entries was the highest it has ever been in terms of both the wine and spirits categories.”

Top Producers

As far as individual producers are concerned, the KWV put in a formidable performance winning one trophy, a Platinum Medal, five Double Gold Medals and 13 Gold Medals. The Paarl-based producer, which celebrates its centenary this year, took the Michelangelo Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy for its Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny won a Platinum Medal, with Double Golds going to Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2015, Mentors Pinotage 2016, Classic Collection Cape Full Cream, KWV Heritage Cognac XO and IMOYA brandy.

Boplaas Family Vineyards from Calitzdorp was another top achiever at this year’s Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards winning two Platinum Medals, three Double Golds and Five Golds.

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2016 and its Cape Tawny Aged Whisky each won a Platinum Medal, while Double Golds went to Boplaas’ acclaimed red wine the Ring of Rocks Family Reserve 2015, its Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve and the Heritage Muscadel 2013.

Another Calitzdorp producer, De Krans, also excelled in this year’s competition with two Platinum Medals, one each for its Cape Vintage Reserve 2015 as well as for the Cape Vintage Reserve 2016.

Durbanville winery Diemersdal Estate put in a sterling performance on the wine front, winning one Platinum, three Double Gold and two Gold medals. The Platinum was awarded to the Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2016, while the sixth generation farm owned by the Louw family took Double Golds for its Private Collection 2016 Bordeaux blend, the Diemersdal Woolworths Reserve Collection Merlot Malbec 2017 and its Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2018.

Another top achiever on the wine front was Glen Carlou from Paarl which won five Double Gold Medals and two Golds. The Double Golds were awarded to Glen Carlou’s The Curator Collection Red Blend 2017, Chardonnay 2017, Barrel Select Chardonnay 2015, Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and the Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.

This year’s Michelangelo Brandy Trophy was presented to Die Mas Winery from Kakamas in the Northern Cape for the Kalahari Truffel Potketel Brandewyn.

Benefitting the producers

During the Michelangelo awards ceremony, Immelman emphasised the importance of finding added ways of benefitting wine and spirits producers entering the event. For her, it is about adding value through Michelangelo.

“Our competition has always been committed to ensuring that producers entering the competition and the people who follow the lauded wines and spirits, find value in the Michelangelo brand,” says Immelman. This is the second year, for example, that the competition has embraced the world’s increasing dependence on technology to bring a world first to wine competitions.

QR technology adding value for producers

“Using various experts in the field of digital marketing, Michelangelo last year embarked on a ground-breaking project that – as far we know – is a world first,” she says. “Since 2017 the coveted Michelangelo awards stickers – from Silver and Gold to Double gold and Platinum, all the way up to trophy award stickers – carry a QR code. Once scanned on a smartphone the user gets access to a variety of information on the product, including tasting notes and a guide as to where the specific product can be purchased and/or ordered. Data on the websites and booking major Michelangelo sponsors – Multi-Color Corporation, Airlink and the Tsogo Sun group – is also accessible.”

New partners:

For the 2018 competition Michelangelo has also partnered with South African Airways and retail giant Checkers who will be offering a selection of awarded wines to its customers through their respective lounges, on-board service and retail channels.

The full list of Trophy Winners for the 2018 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards:

 

Nuy Wit Muskadel 2006 MultiColor Corporation Dessert Wine Grand Prix Trophy
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz  2015 MultiColor Corporation Grand Prix Trophy
Cap Classique Jacques Bruére Cuveé Rosé Brut 2011 African Cellar Suppliers MCC Trophy
De Grendel Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2015 African Cellar Suppliers Pinot Noir Trophy
Leopard’s Leap Chenin Blanc 2018 B2S Chenin Blanc Trophy
Autograph Gin Distillique Craft Gin Trophy
Incendo Distillery ID Golden Rum Distillique Craft Rum Trophy
Pienaar& Son Waskis Vodka Distillique Craft Vodka Trophy
Ginny Fowl Black Sesame & Cacao Sipping Gin Distillique Most Innovative Craft Spirits Trophy
De Wet Cellar Pettilent Franté IQ Business Most Innovative Wine Trophy
Vondeling Bowwood Pinotage 2015 JF Hillebrand Pinotage Trophy
Die Mas Kalahari Truffel Potketel Brandewyn Michelangelo  Brandy Trophy
KWV The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon Darling 2014 Michelangelo Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy
Renosterbos Nebbiolo 2017 Michelangelo Garagiste Trophy
Ormonde Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2003 Michelangelo Golden Oldie Trophy
Pang Blueberry Liqueur Michelangelo Liqueur Trophy
Oldenburg Merlot 2014 Michelangelo Merlot Trophy
Waverley Hills Grenache 2017 Michelangelo Organic Trophy
Indian Whisky Bold Michelangelo Whisky Trophy
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 SA Airlink Shiraz Trophy
Backsberg Family Reserve Red Blend 2016 TM Mercurey French Style Red Blend Trophy
Lé Café Pinotage  2016 TN Coopers Coffee Pinotage Trophy
Alvi’s Drift Reserve Drift Fusion 2016 Trane Cape Blend Trophy
Rizling Rýnsky (Rhine Riesling) 2017 Trane International Trophy
Mitre’s Edge Cabernet Franc 2015 Tsogo Sun Cabernet Franc Trophy
Fleur du Cap Series Priveé Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Vinventions Sauvignon Blanc Trophy

For more information and the full list of results, see www.michelangeloawards.com

The 2016 Annual Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards Winners

Here are all the 2016 Michelangelo Awards winners. The list is grouped by type of award. Within each group the winners are listed alphabetically.

You can also view the 2017 and 2018 winners here.

The 2018 winners will be available from 1 October 2018.

Trophy Award WinnersTrophy Award Winners

Multi Color Corporation GRAND PRIX TROPHY The Berrio Weather Girl 2015

Multi Color Corporation DESSERT WINE GRAND PRIX Badsberg Wine Cellar  Badslese 2012

Juvenal CHENIN BLANC TROPHY Stellenrust Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015

RX South Africa ORGANIC TROPHY Stellar Winery Running Duck Sauvigon Blanc/Semillon 2016

JF Hillebrand PINOTAGE TROPHY Anura Pinotage Reserve 2014

Toneleria Naçional COFFEE PINOTAGE TROPHY The Grape Grinder The Grinder Pinotage 2015

Brandy TROPHY Distell Van Ryn’s Collector’s Reserve 20 Year Old

Garagiste TROPHY Stofberg Family Vineyards Mia Chenin Blanc 2016

Golden Oldie TROPHY Mooiplaas Wine Estate Chenin Blanc Bush Vines 2011

Trane CAPE BLEND TROPHY Wildekrans Wine Estate Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve 2014

Trane INTERNATIONAL TROPHY Home of Origin Wine La Folie Douce Merlot 2014

Tonnelerie de Mercurey FRENCH STYLE RED BLEND TROPHY Windmeul Kelder The Legend 2014

Liqueur TROPHY Distell Amarula Cream

African Cellar Suppliers MéTHODE CLASSIQUE TROPHY Spar Group Private Label Wines Champagne Pierre Mignon Rosé de Saignee

IQ Business TROPHY FOR THE MOST INNOVATIVE WINE Spirit of Rooibos Spirit of Rooibos

Platinum Medal WinnersPlatinum Medal Winners

Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2014

Niel Joubert Christine-Marié Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Rooiberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

Journey’s End Vineyards Destination Chardonnay 2014

Flagstone Winery Flagstone Writer’s Block Pinotage 2014

Cederberg Private Cellar Cederberg Shiraz 2014

De Grendel Wines De Grendel Shiraz 2015

Peter Falke Wines Peter Falke Exclusive Blend 2014

Zorgvliet Wines Richelle Bordeaux Blend 2014

Windmeul Kelder Chenin Blanc Reserve 2015

KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny NV

Nederburg Wines Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2007

Groot Constantia Wine Estate Grand Constance 2013

Perdeberg Wines Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc 2014

Nederburg Wines Winemaster’s Noble Late Harvest 2014

Boplaas Landgoed Boplaas Reserve Potstill 12 Year Brandy

KWV SA KWV Alambic 15 Year Old Limited Release

Distell Richelieu Richelieu 10 Year Old Vintage Brandy NV

Grand’Or Medal Winners

Aan De Doorns Wynkelder Aan De Doorns Cape Ruby 2015

Allée Bleue Wines Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujours 2013

Altydgedacht Estate Pierre Simond Reserve Pinotage 2013

Anura Vineyards Anura Shiraz/Mouvedre/Grenache 2009

Babylonstoren Babylonstoren Shiraz 2014

Babylonstoren Babylonstoren Nebukadnesar 2014

Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Cape Vintage 2009

Bergsig Estate Bergsig Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015

Bergsig Estate Bergsig Cape LBV 2003

Beyerskloof Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2011

Bloemendal Wine Estate Bloemendal Kanonberg 2015

Boland Cellar Reserve No1 Shiraz 2014

Bonnievale Wines Bonnievale Chardonnay 2016

Boplaas Family Vineyards Boplaas Cape Vintage The Chocolate 2012

Cantine Marisa Cuomo Srl Doc Costa D’Amalfi Furore Rosso Riserva (Country of origin: Italy) 2012

Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Unwooded Chardonnay 2016

Cederberg Private Cellar Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cloof Wine Estate Cloof Duckitt Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2015

Cloof Wine Estate Cloof Crucible Shiraz 2014

Clos Malverne Clos Malverne Ellie MCC 2012

De Wet Wine Cellar De Wet Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

De Wet Wine Cellar De Wet Cellar Shiraz 2015

Deetlefs Wine Estate Deetlefs Estate Pinotage 2013

Delaire Graff Estate Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2015

DGB Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2014

DGB Boschendal Reserve Selection De Werf 2013

Diemersdal Wine Estate Diemersdal Pinotage 2014

Diemersdal Wine Estate Diemersdal Shiraz 2015

Diemersfontein Wine Estate Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve 2014

Diemersfontein Wines (Woolworths) Woolworths Coffee Pinotage 2014

Dieu Donnè Vineyards Dieu Donnè Noble Late Harvest 2015

Distell Zonnebloem Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2014

Distell Zonnebloem Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Distell Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Merlot 2013

Distell Durbanville Hills Blanc De Blancs 2012
Distell Van Ryn’s Distiller’s Reserve 12 Year Old

Distell Oude Meester Demant

Distell Oude Meester Souverein

Du Toitskloof Wines Pinotage 2015

Du Toitskloof Wines Quest Heroes Journey 1 Red Blend 2011

Eenzaamheid Wines Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2013

Elgin Vintners Elgin Vintners The Century 2015

Elgin Vintners Elgin Vintners Syrah 2011

Excelsior Estate Shiraz Rosé 2016

Goedverwacht Estate Great Expectations Triangle 2014

Goedverwacht Estate Great Expectations Shiraz Rosé 2016

Grangehurst Winery Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Groenland Shiraz Premium 2013

Groot Constantia Wine Estate Gouverneurs Reserve Red 2013

Groot Constantia Wine Estate Shiraz 2014

Het Vlock Casteel Merlot 2014

Hidden Valley Wines Hidden Gems 2014

Holden Manz Holden Manz Big G 2012

Holden Manz Holden Manz Syrah Reserve 2014

Home of Origin Wine La Folie Douce Chardonnay 2015

Jakkalsvlei Jakkalsvlei Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Jan Harmsgat Jan Harmsgat Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Jason’s Hill Private Cellar Jason’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Joubert Quality Wines Johan Joubert Granite Selection Chenin Blanc 2013

Journey’s End Vineyards Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Kranskop Wines Kranskop Chardonnay 2015

KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2014

KWV The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 2014

KWV The Mentors Canvas 2014

KWV Cathedral Cellar Chenin Blanc 2015

KWV Laborie Jean Taillefert 2013

KWV SA KWV 20 Year Old

KWV SA KWV 10 Year Old

KWV SA Cruxland Gin

Laibach Vineyards Laibach Founders Blend 2014

Lanzerac Estate Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Lazanou Organic Vineyard Lazanou Syrah/Mourvedre 2014

Linton Park Wines The Bridge Premium Chardonnay 2014

Longridge Wine The Emily 2016

Lourensford Wine Estate Lourensford Limited Release White Blend 2012

Merwida Vineyards Merwida Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Namaqua Wines Namaqua Cellar Door Pinotage 2013

Nederburg Wines Nederbrug Private Bin Edelkeur 2009

Nederburg Wines Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Brewmaster 2013

Nederburg Wines Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 2005

Newstead Lund Family Vineyards MCC Rosé 2014

Nicholson Smith Pandora’s Box Bell Pepper Cabernet Sauvignon NV

Niel Joubert Estate Niel Joubert Chenin Blanc 2016

Niel Joubert Estate Niel Joubert Shiraz 2013

Noble Hill Wine Estate Noble Hill Syrah 2014

Nuy Winery Nuy Mastery Shiraz 2013

Oude Molen Distillery Oude Molen VSOP

Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Joseph’s Legacy 2013

Piekenierskloof Wine Company Piekenierskloof Grenache Rosé 2016

Rainbow’s End Wine Estate Rainbow’s End Mystical Corner 2015

Robertson Winery Constitution Road Chardonnay 2015

Rooiberg Winery Rooiberg Winery Cape Vintage 2013

Saronsberg Cellar Saronsberg Provenance Earth In Motion 2016

Signal Gun Signal Gun Tin Hill Red 2015

Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Viognier 2016

Simonsvlei International Simonsvlei Premier Shiraz Rosé 2016

Simonsvlei International Simonsvlei 1945 Pearl White 2015

Spier Wines (Woolworths) Woolworths Single Vineyard The Hutton Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Stellenbosch Vineyards Flagship Cabernet Franc 2010

Swartland Winery Swartland Cape Vintage 2010

Thandi Wines Thandi Merlot 2014

uniWines Vineyards Meander Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2016

uniWines Vineyards Daschbosch Steen 2015

Van Loveren Family Vineyards Van Loveren Chenin Blanc No.5 2016

Vinarstvi Klubus Ryzlink rynsky Ledove (Country of origin: Czech Republic) 2010

Vinska Klet Prus Yellow Muscat Dry Berry Selection (Country of origin: Czech Republic) 2011

Welbedacht Wine Estate Welbedacht Pinotage 2009

Wellington Wines Wellington Wines La Cave Chenin Blanc 2014

Wildekrans Wine Estate Pinot Noir Barrel Select Reserve 2013

Zevenwacht Wine Estate Zevenwacht Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Znovin Znojmo (Country of origin: Czech Republic) Znovin Ryzlink Rynsky Ledove Vino 5110 2015

Zonnebloem Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Zonnebloem Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2014

Gold Medal Winners

Aan De Doorns Wynkelder R43 Crisp White 2016
Aan De Doorns Wynkelder Aan De Doorns Rooi Muskadel 2015
Allee Bleue Wines Allée Bleue Cab/Merlot 2013
Allée Bleue Wines Starlette Shiraz Rosé 2016
Allée Bleue Wines Allée Bleue Shiraz 2014
Altydgedacht Estate Gewürtraminer 2015
Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar Alvi’s Drift Signature Pinotage 2016
Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar Alvi’s Drift Signature Viognier 2015
Annexkloof Wines Annexkloof Tulu 2015
Annexkloof Wines Xenna Pinotage 2015
Anura Anura Merlot Reserve 2016
Arabella Wines Pinotage 2016
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel Vineyard Collection Cape Fusion 2015
Ashton Wynkelder Chardonnay Limited Release 2012
Azienda Gulfi Societa Agricola srl Nerojbleo 2012 (Country of origin: Italy) 2016
Babylon’s Peak Babylon’s Peak Viognier/Roussanne 2014
Babylon’s Peak Babylon’s Peak Pinotage 2014
Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Belladonna 2014
Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Red Muscadel 2003
Bayede! Marketing 7 Icon Merlot 2014
Bergsig Estate Bergsig Icarus 2011
Bloemendal Wine Estate Bloemendal Chardonnay 2014
Bloemendal Wine Estate Bloemendal Waterlily Merlot 2014
Bodren Rajnskitizling Ice wine 2013 (Country of origin: Croatia) 2013
Bon Courage Estate Bon Courage Noble Late Harvest 2015
Bon Courage Estate Bon Courage Cap Classique Jacques Bruere Blanc de Blancs 2010
Boplaas Landgoed Boplaas Ouma Cloete Straw Wine 2015
Borgo Molino Vigne & Vini Motivo Prosécco D.O.C. Brut (Country of origin: Italy) 2015
Borgo Molino Vigne & Vini 09 Millesimato Brut Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G. Prosécco Superiore 2015 2014
Boschkloof Boschkloof Epilogue 2014
Boschkloof Louis 57 Conclusion 2010
Botha Kelder Botha Kelder Late Bottled Vintage 2015
Botha Kelder Botha Kelder Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Bottega Family Wines Idiom Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot
Bramon Wines Bramon Blanc de Balncs MCC 2015
Brëeland Olifantsberg Shiraz 2011
Buglioni Amarone Classico Riservea DOCG IL Lussurioso 2011 (Country of origin: Italy)
Ca’di Rajo Be Lux Oruvate Cuvée Chardonnay Spumante Brut (Country of origin: Italy)
Calitzdorp Cellar White Muscadel 2015
Cantina Giogantinu Lughente Vendemmia Tardiva IGT (Country of origin: Italy) 2011
Cantine Marisa Cuomo Srl Doc Costa D’Amalfi Ravello Rosso Riserva (Country of origin: Italy) 2012
Cape Point Vineyards Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015
Cape Point Vineyards (Woolworths) Woolworths Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Casas del Toqui Codigo (Country of origin: Chile) 2012
Cathedral Peak Wine Estate Pinotage 2015
Cederberg Private Cellar Ghost Corner Bowline 2015
Château Belaי Alibernet Ladovy Zbed (Country of origin: Slovenia) 2012
Clos Triguedina Clos Triguedina Probus (Country of origin: France) 2007
Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere (Country of origin: Chile) 2015
Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir (Country of origin: Chile) 2015
Constantia Uitsig Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2014
Constantini Wines Cabernet Franc “MUSE” 2009
Dagbreek Wines LCJ Special Edition Straw Wine 2016
D’Aria Winery D’Aria SV Shiraz 2013
D’Aria Winery D’Aria Pop Song Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2016
D’Aria Winery D’Aria Cape Minstrel Pinotage 2015
Darling Cellars Chocoholic Pinotage 2015
Darling Cellars Sir Charles Henry Darling 2012
De Grendel Wines Op die Berg Chardonnay 2015
De Krans De Krans Touriga Naçional 2014
De Krans De Krans Free Run Chenin Blanc 2016
De Wetshof Estate De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2016
De Wetshof Estate (W) Woolworths Danie de Wet Reserve Chardonnay 2015
Delheim Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2015
DeMorgenzon (Woolworths) Woolworths DMZ Concerto White 2016
DGB (Pty) Ltd Brampton Shiraz 2014
DGB (Pty) Ltd Bellingham Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015
DGB (Pty) Ltd Bellingham Homestead Chardonnay 2015
Die Mas Van Kakamas Die Mas Pinotage 2015
Diemersdal Wine Estate Diemersdal Merlot 2015
Diemersdal Wine Estate Sir Lambert Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Diemersfontein Diemersfontein Pinotage 2014
Thokozani Wines (Woolworths) Woolworths Ovation Pinotage 2015
Diemersfontein (Woolworths) Woolworths Diemersfontein Pinotage Reserve 2014
Neethlingshof (Distell) Neethlingshof The Short Story Collection: Maria 2016
Distell Klipdrift Klipdrift Gold Brandy
Distell Oude Meester Oude Meester Reserve Brandy
Distell Van Ryn Van Ryn’s Fine Cask Reserve 15 Year Old
Doolhof Wine Estate Doolhof Lady in Red 2014
Drie Berge Winery Drie Berge 3 Year old Brandy
Drie Berge Winery Montagu Muskadel 2014
Driehoek Wines Driehoek Pinot Noir 2014
Du Toitskloof Wines Red Muscadel 2014
Du Toitskloof Wines Hanepoot Jerepigo 2014
Dunstone Wines Dunstone Shiraz 2014
Durbanville Hills (Distell) Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Durbanville Hills (Distell) Durbanville Hills Caapmans Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011
Durbanville Hills (Distell) Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Durbanville Hills (Distell) Durbanville Hills Merlot Dry Rosé 2016
DuVon Family Wine Estate DuVon Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Eagles’ Nest Eagles’ Nest Merlot 2012
Excelsior Estate Shiraz 2015
Flagstone Winery Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2015
Flagstone Winery Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz 2014
Fröhlich Family Wines Carménère Rosé 2016
Fröhlich Family Wines Merlot Rosé 2016
Glen Carlou Vineyards Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2015
Glen Carlou Vineyards Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2015
Goedverwacht Estate Misty Kloof Shiraz Rosé 2016
Goudini Sparkling Brut
Goudini Merlot 2015
Groenland Cabernet Sauvignon Premium 2014
Groenland Landskap Chenin Blanc 2016
Groenland Shiraz Classic 2015
Groot Constantia Wine Estate Blanc de Noir 2016
Groot Phesantekraal Phizante Kraal Chenin Blanc 2016
Groot Phesantekraal Phizante Kraal Shiraz 2014
Groote Post Groote Post Riesling 2016
Grundheim Wyne Grundheim Rosyntjiewyn
Grundheim Wyne Grundheim Stasiemeester Shiraz 2015
Guizhou Runyuan Wine Co Ltd Xiang Xue Ling Plum Wine (Country of origin: China)
Het Vlock Casteel Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Hidden Valley Wines White Blend 2016
Hofstraat Kelder Renosterbos Cape Vintage 2010
Holden Manz Holden Manz Visionaire 2012
Ilocki Podrumi Traminac TBA (Country of origin: Croatia) 2011
Imbuko Wines Van Zijl Family Vintners Shiraz/Mourvédre 2014
Imbuko Wines Du Plevaux Private Collection Pinotage 2014
Imbuko Wines Du Plevaux Private Collection Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2016
Into Africa Distributors The Liquid Bakery & Co Milktart Vodka
J&J Ostrožovič Tobajská výberová eseneia (Country of origin: Slovakia) 2000
Jakkalsvlei Jakkalsvlei Mount Cuvèe 2015
Jakob’s Vineyards Jakob’s Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2012
Joubert Quality Wines Johan Joubert Granite Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Kaapse Liqueurs Kaapse Honeybush
Kaapse Liqueurs Kaapse Buchu Limoncello
Kaapse Liqueurs Kaapse Pittekou
Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc 2016
Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht Pinotage 2013
Klein Doolhof Klein Doolhof Merlot 2013
Klein Roosboom Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2016
Kleine Zalze Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé NV MCC
Kleine Zalze Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2012
Kleine Zalze (Woolworths) Kleine Zalze Woolworths Chenin Blanc 2016
Knorhoek Knorhoek Pinotage 2014
Kolby A.S. Pinot Blanc (Country of origin: Czech Republic) 2011
KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2015
KWV Cathedral Cellar Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2015
KWV Cathedral Cellar Cathedral Cellar Pinotage 2014
KWV Roodeberg Roodeberg Rosé 2016
KWV SA Laborie Alambic – 5 Year Old Brandy
KWV SA Imoya Brandy
KWV SA Wild Africa Cream Liqueur
KWV SA Van der Hum Tangerine Liqueur
La Bri La Bri Syrah 2013
La Motte Wine La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2014
La Vierge Wines Anthelia 2014
La Vierge Wines La Vierge Noir 2013
Landskroon Wines Landskroon Cape Vintage 2012
Landzicht Landzicht Cape Ruby 2014
Lanzerac Estate Lanzerac Mrs English 2014
Lanzerac Estate Lanzerac Merlot 2014
Lazanou Organic Vineyard Lazanou Viognier 2016
Lazanou Organic Vineyard Lazanou Syrah 2014
Leipzig Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Linton Park Wines Linton Park Shiraz 2014
Louisvale Wines Louisvale MCC Rosé
Luka Wines Luka Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Lutzville Vineyards Diamond Collection Noble Late Harvest 2015
Lutzville Vineyards Vintals Road Trip Pinotage 2015
Lyngrove Wine Estate Lyngrove Platinum Shiraz 2014
Maastricht Maastricht Sauvignon Blanc 2016
MAN Family Wines Jan Fiskaal Merlot 2015
McGregor Wynkelder McGregor Winery Red Muscadel 2014
Montpellier de Tulbagh Montpellier Shiraz 2011
Mount Vernon Mount Vernon Malbec 2013
Muratie Wine Farm Ben Prins Cape Vintage 2012
Musgrave Crafted Spirits Musgrave Pink Gin
Namaqua Wines Namaqua Cape West Chardonnay 2015
Namaqua Wines Namaqua Noble Late Harvest Semillon 2013
Nederburg Wines Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Nederburg Wines Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2012
New Harbour Distillery Spekboom //IGwanitsha 8 Botanical Gin
New Harbour Distillery 8 Botanical Gin Infused with Rooibos
Niel Joubert Niel Joubert Chardonnay 2016
Nitida Cellars Nitida Calligraphy 2014
Nitida Cellars (Woolworths) Nitida Woolworths Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2016
North Shore Trading 266CC Zulu Impi Rum
Nuy Winery Nuy White Muscadel 2006
Nuy Winery Nuy Potstill Brandy
Org de Rac Landgoed Org de Rac Shiraz 2014
Org de Rac Landgoed Org de Rac Shiraz Reserve 2014
Ormonde Vineyards Ormonde Theodore Eksteen 2013
Ormonde Vineyards Ormonde Shiraz 2014
Oude Denneboom (Kaapse Familie0 Oude Denneboom Black Harrier Shiraz 2014
Oude Molen Distillery Ladismith Brandy
Oude Molen Distillery Oude Molen XO Brandy
Overhex Overhex Wines International Survivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Perdeberg Wines The Vineyard Collection Grenache Blanc 2015
Peter Falke Wines Peter Falke Exclusive Blend 2013
Posboom Distillers Pot Shot Coffee Liqueur
Pulpit Rock Winery Pulpit Rock Reserve Petit Verdot 2012
Quando Vineyards and Winery Quando Mourvedre Rosé 2016
Raats Family Wines (Woolworths) Raats Granite Blocks Cabernet Franc 2014
Raka Raka Quinary 2013
Raka Raka Biography Shiraz 2013
Rhebokskloof Estate Sandstone Grove Chardonnay 2014
Rhebokskloof Estate Black Marble Hil Syrah 2012
Rickety Bridge Winery Rickety Bridge Paulinas Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
Ridgeback Ridgeback Journey 2014
Ridgeback Ridgeback Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Riebeek Cellar Short Street CGV 2015
Rietvallei Wine Estate Estéanna White 2016
Rietvallei Wine Estate Burger Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2015
Rietvallei Wine Estate John B Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Robertson Winery Gewurztraminer Special Late Harvest 2016
Romond Rebus Cape Cuvèe 2011
Rooiberg Winery Rooiberg Winery Shiraz Reserve 2014
Rooiberg Winery Woolworths Chenin Blanc 2016
Rustenberg Wines Rustenberg Unwooded Chardonnay 2015
Rustenberg Wines Rustenberg Stellenbosch Shiraz 2014
Saronsberg Cellar Saronsberg Viognier 2015
Saronsberg Cellar Saronsberg Shiraz 2014
Seven Oaks 6+1 Pinotage 2012
Shannon Wines Shannon Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2015
Shannon Wines (Woolworths) Shannon Woolworths Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Signal Gun Signal Gun Chardonnay 2016
Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Simonsvlei International Simonsvlei Premier Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Slanghoek Slanghoek Vin Doux Sparkling Wine
Slanghoek Slanghoek Private Selection Crème de Chenin 2014
Slowine Slowine Chenin Blanc 2016
Spar Group Private Label Wines Olive Brook Crafter’s Choice Sémillon 2013
Spier Wines (Woolworths) Spier Woolworths Private Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Stellar Winery The Sensory Collection Chardonnay 2015
Stellenbosch Hills Stellenbosch Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo Limited Release Verdelho 2015
Stellenrust Stellenrust Simplicity 2015
Stellenrust Stellenrust Timeles 2015
Stepan Manak Ryzlink rynsky Terroir vyber z hroznu (Country of origin: Czech Republic) 2016
Stettyn Cellar Stone White Chenin Blanc 2016
Swartland Winery Swartland Bush Vine Syrah 2013
Twee Jonge Gezellen Krone Rosé Vintage Cuvèe Brut 2015
Under Oaks Under Oaks Chenin Blanc 2016
Upland Organic Upland Organic Pure Potstill Brandy
Usana Wines Usana The Fox Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Van Loveren Family Vineyards Van Loveren Blanc de Noir Red Muscadel 2016
Van Loveren Family Vineyards Bayede King Goodwill Shiraz 2013
Verdant Vineyards (Metzer Fam) The Kitchen Sink Red Blend 2015
Vergelegen Wines (Woolworths) Vergelegen Woolworths Merlot 2014
Vierkoppen Vierkoppen Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Viljoensdrift Associated Wineries Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Cape Blend 2015
Viljoensdrift Associated Wineries Viljoensdrift Villion 2009
Villa Matilde Flanghina IGT Rocca dei Leoni (Country of origin: Italy) 2015
Villiera Wines (Woolworths) Domaine Grier French Chardonnay 2014
Villiera Wines (Woolworths) Villiera Woolworths Vintage Reserve Brut MCC 2010
Vina Jakob Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc (Country of origin: Croatia) 2012
Vinarstvi Cech Sauvignon Late Harvest 2015
Vinium AS Chardonnay pozdni sběr (Country of origin: Czech Republic) 2015
Vinofol sro Rulandské šedé (Country of origin: Czech Republic) 2015
Vinska Klet Prus Sauvignon Blanc Ice Wine (Country of origin: Slovenia) 2003
Vondeling Vondeling Erica 2013
Vondeling Vondeling Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Vrede En Lust Vrede en Lust Marguerite 2015
Vrede En Lust Vrede en Lust Artisan Range Semillon 2015
Vredenheim Vredenheim Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Wakefield Taylors Wines Eighty Acres Shiraz (Country of origin: Southern Australia) 2015
Wakefield Taylors Wines St Andrews Chardonnay (Country of origin: Southern Australia) 2015
Welbedacht Wine Old Bush Vine Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2012
Wellington Wines La Cave Chenin Blanc 2015
Wellington Wines La Cave Pinotage 2015
Wildehurst Wines Wildehurst Chenin Blanc 2015
Wildekrans Wine Estate Chenin Blanc Barrel Select Reserve 2015
Wilderer Distillery Grappa Muscato 2015
Wilderer Distillery Wilderer Fynbos Gin
Windmeul Kelder Windmeul Reserve Brandy VSOP
Zandvliet Estate My Best Friend Muscat 2016
Zonnebloem (Distell) Zonnebloem Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Zonvin Znojmo Znovin Ryzlink Rynsky Vyber Z Horsnu 5035 (Country of origin: Moravia) 2015
Zorgvliet Wines Zorgvliet Cabernet Franc 2014

Silver Medal WinnersSilver Medals

Allée Bleue Wines Allée Bleue Brut Rosé 2013
Allée Bleue Wines Allée Bleue Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Allée Bleue Wines Allée Bleue Chenin Blanc 2015
Altydgedacht Estate Cabernet Franc Blanc de Noir 2016
Altydgedacht Estate Pinotage 2015
Altydgedacht Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar Alvi’s Drift Signature Chardonnay 2016
Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar Albertus Viljoen Chenin Blanc 2015
Andreas Wine Trading Andreas Shiraz 2013
Anura Anura Viognier Barrel Selection 2014
Anura Anura Sauvignon Blanc Unfiltered Reserve 2015
Arabella Wines Pink Panacea 2016
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel Vineyard Collection Merlot 2012
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel Bell Tower 2012
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Ashton Wynkelder Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Ashton Wynkelder Chardonnay Unwooded 2016
Azienda Gulfi Societa Agricola SRL Rossojbleo (Country of origin: Italy) 2015
Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented 2015
Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Vin Doux 2015
Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Red Jerepigo 2014
Bellevue Wine Estate Bellevue Cinsaut 2015
Bergsig Estate Bergsig Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
Bergsig Estate Bergsig Icarus 2012
Beyerskloof Beyerskloof Faith Cape Blend 2011
Bloemendal Wine Estate Bloemendal Suider Terras 2015
Boland Cellar Reserve No1 Chenin Blanc 2015
Boland Cellar Reserve No1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Boland Cellar One Formation 2016
Boland Cellar Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2016
Bon Courage Estate Bon Courage Chardonnay Prestige Cuvée 2015
Bon Courage Estate Bon Courage White Muscadel 2015
Bonnievale Wines Bonnievale Barrel Select Shiraz 2014
Boplaas Landgoed Boplaas Merlot 2015
Boplaas Landgoed Boplaas Ring of Rocks 2013
Borgo Molino Vigne & Vini This Cuvée Prestige
Botha Kelder Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Bottega Family Wines Idiom Viognier 2014
Bottega Family Wines Idiom Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2011
Brëeland Breeland Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Ca’di Rajo Manzoni Rosa Spumante Extra Dry Millesimato (Country of origin: Italy) 2015
Ca’di Rajo Prosécco Superiore DOCG Valdobbiadene Millesimato Brut “Cuvée del Fondatore” 2015
Ca’di Rajo Prosécco Superiore DOCG Valdobbiadene Millesimato Extra Dry 2015
Canella SpA Prosécco Canella DOCG Superiore Millesimato (Country of origin: Italy) 2015
Cape Chamonix Greywacke Pinotage 2014
Cape Wine Company The Nature Reserve Shiraz Grenache 2015
Cathedral Peak Wine Estate Merlot Jerepigo 2016
Cederberg Private Cellar Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Cederberg Private Cellar Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2015
CK Wines CK Sincera 2013
Clos Malverne Clos Malverne Spirit of Malverne 2013
Clos Malverne Clos Malverne Auret 2013
Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Merlot (Country of origin: Chile) 2015
D’Aria Winery D’Aria Lullaby Semillon Noble late Harvest 2015
D’Aria Winery D’Aria The Soprano Shiraz 2014
Darling Cellars Darling Cellars White Blend 2015
De Grendel Wines De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016
De Krans De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2013
De Wetshof Estate De Wetshof THE SITE Chardonnay 2014
De Wetshof Estate Woolworths Danie de Wet Limestone Hill 2016
De Wetshof Estate De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2016
Deetlefs Wine Estate Deetlefs Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015
DGB (Pty) Ltd Boschendal Boschendal 1685 Shiraz Mourvedre 2014
DGB (Pty) Ltd Boschendal Boschendal 1685 Sauvignon Blanc Grande Cuvée 2015
DGB (Pty) Ltd Franschoek Cellar Franschoek Cellar Chardonnay 2015
Die Mas Van Kakamas Die Mas Kalahari Truffel Potstill Brandy
Diemersdal Wine Estate Diemersdal Private Collection 2011
Diemersdal Wine Estate Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Diemersdal Wine Estate Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2015
Dieu Donnè Vineyards Dieu Donnè Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Dieu Donnè Vineyards Dieu Donnè Shiraz 2014
Doedak Farm Chennels Wines Chennells Wines “The Journey” 2013
Domaine Des Dieux Domaine Des Dieux Rose of Sharon Rosé MCC 2010
Driehoek Wines Driehoek Shiraz 2013
Driehoek Wines Driehoek Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Du Toitskloof Wines Merlot 2015
Du Toitskloof Wines Cape Ruby 2010
Durbanville Hills (Distell) Durbanville Hills The Scout Red Blend 2015
Durbanville Hills (Distell) Durbanville Hills Biesjes Craal Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Durbanville Hills (Distell) Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Eersterivier Wine Cellar (Thandi) Thandi Rosé 2016
Eersterivier Wine Cellar (Thandi) Thandi Chardonnay 2016
Flagstone Winery Flagstone Truth Tree Pinotage 2015
Flagstone Winery Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz 2013
Glen Carlou Vineyards Glen Carlou The Welder Chenin Blanc 2015
Goedverwacht Estate Misty Kloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Goedverwacht Estate Misty Kloof Chardonnay 2016
Goedverwacht Estate Great Expectations Chardonnay 2016
Gordon Bruins Legacy Brandy
Grande Provence Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Groenland Shiraz Premium 2014
Groenland Antoninette Marié Classic 2013
Groenland Cabernet Sauvignon Classic 2011
Groenland Antoinette Marié Premium 2014
Groote Post Groote Post Riesling Barrique 2014
Grundheim Wyne Grundheim Danie se Withond
Hidden Valley Wines Hidden Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Highlands Road Wines Highlands Road Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Holden Manz Holden Manz Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014
Home of Origin Wine Original Series Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014
Ilocki Podrumi Traminac Premium (Country of origin: Croatia) 2015
Imbuko Wines Van Zijl Family Vintners Pinotage 2014
Imbuko Wines Pomüla Pomegranate Marula Flavoured Wine/ Wine Spritzer
Imbuko Wines Pomüla Berry Vanilla Flavored Wine/Wine Spritzer
J&J Ostrozovic Muškát žltý, Saturnia (Country of origin: Slovakia) 2015
Jakkalsvlei La Perlé Rosé 2016
Jakkalsvlei Lord Jackal TROP 2013
Jakkalsvlei Lord Jackal Cabernet Franc 2015
Jan Harmsgat Jan Harmsgat Shiraz 2015
Jason’s Hill Private Cellar Jason’s Creek Classic Red 2015
Journey’s End Vineyards Single Vineyard Shiraz 2012
Kaapse Liqueurs Kaapse Buchu Gin
Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Kings Kloof Vineyard Kings Kloof Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Kings Kloof Vineyard Kings Kloof Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Klein Roosboom Marianna Rosé 2016
Kleine Zalze Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2015
Kleine Zalze Kleine Zalze Brut NV MCC
Kleine Zalze Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Koopmanskloof Wingerde GEIA Koopmanskloof Shiraz 2015
Kranskop Wines Kranskop Pinot Noir 2014
Kranskop Wines Kranskop Merlot 2012
KWV The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon Darling 2014
KWV Classic Collection Grenache Blanc 2015
KWV Laborie Laborie Limited Collection Pinot Noir 2015
La Vierge Wines The Affair 2015
Laibach Laibach Claypot Merlot 2014
Lammershoek Farm Lammershoek’s Terravinum Reserve Red 2015
Lammershoek Farm Lammershoek’s Reserve Syrah 2015
Landskroon Wines Landskroon Paul De Villiers Merlot 2014
Landskroon Wines Landskroon Paul De Villiers Shiraz 2013
Landzicht Landzicht White Muscadel 2015
Lanzerac Estate Lanzerac Chardonnay 2015
Linton Park Wines Black Rhino Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Linton Park Wines Linton Park Merlot 2015
Linton Park Wines The Bridge Reserve Merlot 2011
Lourensford Wine Estate Lourensford Limited Release Merlot 2013
Lourensford Wine Estate Lourensford Limited Release Viognier 2015
Lourensford Wine Estate Lourensford Limited Release Chardonnay 2015
Lourensford Wine Estate Lourensford The Dome Chardonnay 2015
Lutzville Vineyards Francois Le Vaillant Pinotage 2014
Lutzville Vineyards Francois Le Vaillant Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Lyngrove Wine Estate Lyngrove Platinum Latitude 2014
Lyngrove Wine Estate Lyngrove Brut Pinot Noir
Maastricht Maastricht Pinotage 2015
Maastricht Maastricht Pinot Noir 2015
McGregor Winery McGregor Colombard 2016
Merwida Vineyards Merwida Barbera 2015
Mischa Estate Mischa Merlot 2014
Mischa Estate La Famille Merlot 2014
Mont Du Toit Kelder Les Coteaux Selection 2012
Montpellier de Tulbagh Montpellier Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Mooiplaas Wine Houmoed Chenin Blanc 2015
Mooiplaas Wine Mooiplaas Tabakland 2013
Musgrave Crafted Spirits Musgrave Gin
Namaqua Wines Namaqua Hanepoot 2015
Namaqua Wines Namaqua Wit Muskadel 2013
Nederburg Wines Nederburg Ingenuity White 2015
Neethlingshof (Distell) Neethlingshof Gewürztraminer 2016
New Cape Wines Arendskloof Tannat 2013
New Harbour Distillery Natural Copper Catalysed Vodka
Newstead Lund Family Vineyards MCC Brut 2014
Nicholson Smith Pandora’s Box Persian Collection Shiraz
Niel Joubert Niel Joubert Herr Leicht Sauvignon Blanc/Nouvelle/ Chenin Blanc 2016
Noble Hill Wine Estate Noble Hill Merlot 2013
North Shore Trading Zulu Rum
Nuy Winery Nuy Mastery Chardonnay 2015
Nuy Winery Nuy Legacy Argilla 2013
Org de Rac Landgoed Org de Rac Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011
Overhex Survivor Pinotage 2015
Perdeberg Wines Perdeberg Winery The Vineyard Collection Cinsaut 2014
Perdeberg Wines Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Peter Falke Wines Peter Falke Signature Syrah 2013
Peter Falke Wines Peter Falke Pinot Noir 2014
Peter Falke Wines Peter Falke Blanc De Noir 2016
Pulpit Rock Winery Pulpit Rock Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Rickety Bridge Winery Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone Red 2014
Riebeek Cellar Riebeek Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Riebeek Cellar Riebeek Cellar Shiraz 2015
Rietvallei Wine Estate Rietvallei Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Rietvallei Wine Estate Rietvallei Cinsaut 2015
Rietvallei Wine Estate John B Cabernet Suvignon Tinta Barocca 2015
Rietvallei Wine Estate John B Rosé 2015
Robertson Winery Cape Ruby 2013
Robertson Winery Kings River Chardonnay 2013
Rooiberg Winery Rooiberg Winery Pinotage Reserve 2015
Rooiberg Winery Rooiberg Winery Shiraz Reserve 2015
Rooiberg Winery Rooiberg Winery Chardonnay Reserve 2015
Rosendal Winery Rosendal Merlot 2014
Rustenberg Wines Rustenberg Stellenbosch Petit Verdot Rosé 2016
Rustenberg Wines Rustenberg Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Rustenberg Wines Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2013
Rustenberg Wines Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2014
Saronsberg Cellar Saronsberg Provenance Seismic Rooi 2013
Saronsberg Cellar Saronsberg Full Circle 2014
Saronsberg Cellar (Woolworths) Saronsberg SGM 2014
Simonsvlei International Simonsvlei Premier Chenin Blanc 2016
Simonsvlei International Simonsvlei Toffee Chunk Shiraz 2014
Simonsvlei International Simonsvlei Premier Pinotage 2015
Simonsvlei International Simonsvlei Lifestyle Pinotage Rosé 2016
Slanghoek Slanghoek Red Muscadel 2016
Slanghoek Slanghoek Cape Ruby 2016
Slowine Slowine Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Spar Group Private Label Wines Olive Brook Moscato Rosé (Country of origin: Spain)
Spar Group Private Label Wines Champagne Pierre Mignon Blanc de Blanc Grand Gru (Country of origin: France)
Spar Group Private Label Wines Champagne Pierre Mignon Année de Mandame (Country of origin: France) 2006
Spier Wines (Woolworths) Woolworths Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc 2014
Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo Shiraz 2014
Stellenbosch Vineyards Stellenbosch Vineyards Haydens White 2014
Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo Reserve Pinotage 2014
Stellenbosch Vineyards Welmoed Rosé 2016
Stellenrust Stellenrust Lucky Number 7
Stettyn Cellar The Griffin Range Chardonnay 2016
Stofberg Family Mia Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Strandveld Wines First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Sumaridge Estate Wines Sumaridge Maritimus 2012
Swartland Winery Swartland Idelia Cape Blend 2013
Swartland Winery Swartland Winemakers Collection Blanc de Noir 2016
Swartrivier Swartrivier Petite Sirah (Durif) 2015
The Grape Grinder The Grinder Chenin Blanc 2015
The Grape Grinder The Blue Moose Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2015
The Grape Grinder The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2014
The High Road Classique 2013
Topiary Wines Topiary Shiraz 2013
Under Oaks Under Oaks Three Twenty 2015
uniWines Vineyards Dashbosch Steen 2014
Van Loveren Family Vineyards Van Loveren Neil’s Pick Colombar 2016
Van Loveren Family Vineyards Bayede The Prince Merlot 2014
Van Loveren Family Vineyards Bayede The Prince Pinotage 2014
Vierkoppen Vierkoppen Weavers Nest Reserve 2013
Viljoensdrift Associated Wineries Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Viljoensdrift Associated Wineries Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Merlot 2015
Vinarstvi U Kaplicky Vino Dalibor Rulandske sede (Country of origin: Czech Republic) 2015
Vondeling Vondeling Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Vredenheim Vredenheim Gracious Lady Red Blend 2014
Wakefield Taylors Wines Reserve Parcel Shiraz (Country of origin: Australia) 2015
Wakefield Taylors Wines The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon (Country of origin: South Australia) 2013
Wakefield Taylors Wines St Andrews Shiraz (Country of origin:South Australia) 2014
Wellington Wines Wellington Wines La Cave Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Wildekrans Wine Estate Shiraz Barrel Select Reserve 2014
Wilderer Distillery Wilderer Peach Mampoer
Windfall Wine Farm Kibali 2013
Windmeul Kelder Chardonnay 2016
Windmeul Kelder Shiraz Preserve 2014
Wonderfontein Paul René Brut 2013
ZD Nemcicky Rulandské bilé (Country of origin: South Moravia) 2015
Zevenwacht Wine Estate Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2015
Zevenwacht Wine Estate Zevenwacht Reserve 2013
Zevenwacht Wine Estate Zevenwacht Chardonnay 2015
Zonnebloem (Distell) Zonnebloem Laureat 2013
Zorgvliet Wines Zorgvliet Petit Verdot 2014
Zululand Distilling Company Tapanga Gold Rum
Zululand Distilling Company Tapanga White Rum

You can view the 2017 winners here.

Tsogo Sun presents the first Michelangelo Winners Show at Johannesburg’s Montecasino

A real treat lies in store for the adventurous drinks-loving public of Gauteng on 6 and 7 April: for the first time in its 22-year existence, the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards will offer a selection of its gold, double gold and platinum medal-winners, as well as two trophy-winning wines in a public tasting at Montecasino in Johannesburg.

Fifty producers who excelled at last year’s Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards will present around 200 products for tasting and for sale, including a range of award-winning liqueurs, brandy, craft gins and outstanding wines. The two day event, held in three sessions of informative and delicious wine- and spirits tastings, is expected to attract thousands of adventurous wine- and spirits lovers who now have the chance to taste a number of exceptional products judged by international professionals.

Lorraine Immelman, CEO of the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards, says the public tastings represent a new chapter for the Michelangelo – South Africa’s only truly international drinks competition. “With the interest in Michelangelo growing each year and the unique addition of craft spirits and liqueurs to the line-up, we decided to take the entries and the producers to the public and let consumers see and taste what it is that makes Michelangelo so unique. The wines and spirits on show represents one of the most tantalising wine line-ups wine-lovers could wish for!”

Tsogo Sun presents the first Michelangelo Winners Show at Johannesburg’s Montecasino

Unique offerings:

  • One of the wines to look forward to is the  2017 Grand Prix winnerLisha Nelson’s Cabernet Franc 2014 from the Nelson’s Creek Wine Estate in Paarl. Named the best wine out of 1632 entries, the international judges awarded this wine 99 out of 100 points!
  • Another special offering will be not one, but two Organic Trophy winning wines from Lazanou Organic Vineyards! Owner and winemaker, Josef Lazarus brings to the show 2017 Organic Trophy winner,  a 2017 Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay/Viognier blend, and the 2015 Michelangelo Organic Trophy winner, his Syrah Mouvedre 2013 Reserve. 
  • With Chenin Blanc being touted as South Africa’s “go-to” wine, the Double Gold winning Niel Joubert Chenin Blanc 2017, also from Paarl, will be available for tasting. Winemaker Ernie Leicht will also present his Platinum-winning Niel Joubert Malbec The Proprietor 2014 as well as a selection of other Double Gold and Gold medal winning wines from the 2017 awards.
  • Also on show is one of South Africa’s most historic estates, namely Lanzerac . This eponymous Stellenbosch wine estate will be bringing its Platinum-winning Lanzerac Premium Syrah 2015 to Montecasino. Chardonnay-lovers will also be able to experience the Lanzerac Premium Chardonnay 2016, which took a Double Gold at the 2017 Michelangelo.
  • A special treat is the impressive line-up of craft gins, liqueurs and brandies – with the Michelangelo being the only competition in South Africa which accepts spirits for judging, this is a unique opportunity for visitors to come ad taste – among others – the following award-winning spirits:
    • Floral, Citrus and Spice gins from The Ginologist (Craft Link)
    • Posboom Distillers’ new Aniseed Cream Liqueur and his award winning Potshop Caramel Orange and Caramel Coffee liqueurs
    • Angel Heart Liqueurs’ trophy-winning  Westcliff Joburg Dry Gin, as well as a selection of their other award-winning gins and liqueurs

“The uniqueness of Michelangelo lies in that our judging panels are made up of international wine experts who bring a different skills-set to judging entries into the competition. In 2017 we had 28 judges from 22 countries, making this South Africa’s only true international wine showcase.

“With Tsogo Sun being a headline sponsor of the competition, we are exceptionally privileged to be able to host the first ever Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards Winners Show at this hospitality group’s popular Montecasino location. Visitors can look forward to tasting a diverse range of wines and spirits, all underscored by the Michelangelo stamp of excellence,” says Lorraine.

Friday the 6th of April sees one tasting session being held from 17:00 to 22:00, with two sessions on Saturday 7 April at 13:00 and 18:00 respectively.

Tickets are R150 per session. Bookings at Computicket.

Michelangelo Experiences South Africa’s Gin Renaissance

One of the categories contributing to the record number of entries experienced by the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards for 2018 is that of gin: some 81 gins were entered this year, making it the largest spirits category in the competition.

“We have all been aware of the growth in popularity of gin among consumers world-wide as well as the increase in the number of producers and brands in South Africa,” said Winnie Bowman, convener of the spirits panel for the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards. “But to see 81 different gins vying for an award is quite amazing.”

Winnie Biwman
Winnie Bowman

Concerning the judging of these, Bowman said the South African gins’ use of local herbs and botanicals lifted the entries in the eyes of the foreign judges on her panel. “Notes of fynbos and rooibos tea, for example, were absolutely delightful and unique, a proudly South African calling card for our gins. It was rewarding seeing this creativity on the part of distillers garnering such interest from the judges. Made me very proud of our distillers, in fact.”

There were also a number of well-made, traditional drier varieties showing true craft in the distillation process and with the just-right amount of juniper character.

“Among the entries we saw a tendency where certain gins had little or no juniper influences,” says Bowman. “And that is one thing producers must remember –  for an international panel of judges such as what we are on the Michelangelo Awards, no juniper character means no gin character.”

Bowman says 81 is a steep number of spirits to judge, but the creativity and the scope of the entrants made the gin category extremely interesting.

“From pure London dry styles to gins with Cape fynbos and through to fruit-laced styles – it is a real dynamic and tasty category and with the quality of my fellow international judges I’d like to think that the Michelangelo results will reveal the finest South African gin producers.”

Read more about Winnie Bowman, one of the Michelangelo Awards 2018 judges, here.

Michelangelo Judge Amanda Barnes on Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz

Judging for this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards kicked off in Stellenbosch with 30 judges from 16 countries making their way through the record number of 2 244 wines and spirits entered for this year.

Visiting South Africa for her second stint as a Michelangelo judge, Argentina-based British wine writer and judge Amanda Barnes is one of the assessors of the two largest wine categories, namely Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.

Having lived in Argentina since 2009, Amanda is familiar with the Sauvignon Blancs from Latin America – most noticeably the Chilean wines – as well as being experienced with those from Sancerre and New Zealand.

Michelangelo Judge Amanda Barnes
Michelangelo Judge Amanda Barnes

“I wouldn’t say I picked up something one could call a South African style in the Sauvignon Blanc line-up,” Barnes says. “There were three distinctive flavour profiles. One tended to offer noticeable yellow-fruit, while the tropical profiles were noticeable in others. Thirdly, there were wines showing the ubiquitous green characteristics found in others. Very diverse and all the wines with a degree of varietal specificity.”

Freshness was a feature, and she could see why this was South Africa’s number one selling varietal due to the reputation of the African summer.

On the red side, Shiraz offered diversity – as can be expected from this widely grown grape – as well as pleasure and satisfaction.

“The wines were truly pleasing to taste, something a wine judge really like as it does not feel like too much work then!” says Barnes. “Pronounced fruit characteristics, well-made with styles varying from elegant and refined to assertive and punchy. Some of the picking was a bit too ripe, though. All in all a fine class.”

About South African wine as a category, Barnes says the products themselves are well-known in Europe due to the historical links. “But if you want to get into the American wine market – something every wine country wants to do – one must be marketing your wines on the ground and have ambassadors in place who can give the retailer and consumer the necessary face-time,” she says.

“South Africa has so much to offer as tourism and lifestyle destination, though. It is seen as an exciting place and linking this image to your wines can only benefit the industry. You have so much to offer.”

Currently, Amanda is also on a global wine tour for her book and digital publication – Around the World in 80 Harvests.

A multi-media journalist, Amanda works in print and digital communication and is experienced in writing, editing and video broadcasts. Her creative work has been awarded by Born Digital Wine Awards, Millesima Blog Awards, Great Wine Capitals Best Of and Young Wine Writer of the Year.

View Amanda’s profile as a member of our 2018 judges panel.

Read more about Amanda and her journey on

http://www.amandabarnes.co.uk/

http://aroundtheworldin80harvests.com/

http://southamericawineguide.com/