15th September saw the announcement of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s (IWSC) South Africa wine results for 2015.
This year brings notable results for South African farms, with a 50% increase in the coveted Gold medals. The competition has also announced the South African Producer of the Year shortlist, with the winner to be announced in November at the annual awards banquet at the Guildhall in London.
Results have been released in conjunction with the opening of Cape Wine, the
flagship trade showcase of the South African wine industry. Hosted by Wines of South
Africa, the three-day exhibition brings the international wine community
together to give an insight into the depth and range of current South African winemaking.
As the largest show of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the show provides
the perfect platform to announce the IWSC winners. IWSC judge, Dr Winifred Bowman, will host an
IWSC Gold medal winners’ tasting on the first day of the show, (15th
September). Attendees will find out what makes a gold medal winning wine and be
one of the first to taste the judges’ favourites.
Ewan Lacey, general manager of
the IWSC commented on the announcement;
“The South African wine results this year have been exceptional. Our judges
were really impressed with the quality of wines presented at judging, awarding
a record number of both Gold and Gold Outstanding medals. We’ve seen first time
entrants’ storm the medal table as well as established competitors perform very
well with brand new products.”
Many single varietal wines performed very well; KWV won gold with their The Mentors Petit Verdot 2012. Other highlights were a Gold medal for Benguela Cove Shiraz 2014 and a Gold Outstanding medal for Cederberg Driehoek Shiraz 2012.
Stand out winners from the announcement include Stellenbosch based StellenRust who scooped two Gold Outstanding medals, one for StellenRust 50 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2014 and another for StellenRust Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2013; part of a 10 medal strong haul from the vineyard. Kanonkop Wine Estate also bagged two Gold Outstanding medals, as well as three Gold medals, amongst a total of 14 medals. As a region, Stellenbosch dominated the Gold and Gold Outstanding medal table.
Sparkling wines once again tasted very well in this years’ Competition, reaffirming South Africa’s position as a top producer in the category. Both Graham Beck and Kleine Zalze picked up Gold medals for their Graham Beck Rhona Blanc de Blancs, and Vintage Brut Methode Cap Classique 2009 respectively. These were amongst 25 medals for Cap Classique, 23 of which were Silver and above demonstrating the quality of sparkling wines on show at the competition.
IWSC Chair Judge Dave Hughes
“Entries were well up on previous years and a real encouraging factor was the
amount of first time entrants for 2015. Judging at the Grande Roche in Paarl
always gives all entrants a ‘Gold Outstanding’ experience with well-versed
staff and judges (both local and international) on hand to deliver an
unrivalled judging programme. The local judging certainly encourages a wide
range of quality entries and we look forward to more in 2016.”
International trophies including The Chenin Blanc Trophy and The
Pinotage Trophy will be presented in November at the Annual Awards Banquet held
in London, along with the announcement of the coveted South African Wine
Producer of the Year.
2015 SOUTH AFRICAN WINE PRODUCER
Uva Mira Mountain
Vineyards (Pty) Ltd
in 1969, The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) was the first
competition of its kind, set up to seek out, reward and promote the world’s
best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Now in its 46th year, The IWSC’s relentless
pursuit of excellence underpins every aspect of the competition today
sets the IWSC apart is the formidable reputation of its judging process. Our
panels of carefully selected industry experts comprise Masters of Wine, buyers,
sommeliers; WSET qualified educators and respected wine journalists. Every
single wine is assessed on its own merits within the context of its class
receiving entries from around 90 countries, the IWSC is truly international in
its reach and recognition
Africa wine judging takes place locally in Paarl at the Grande Roche hotel
partners around the world work throughout the year to drive awareness and
promote winners to both trade and consumer audiences
46 years heritage, an IWSC Award is recognised internationally as a badge of
the full list of South African winners or more information, visit: www.iwsc.net