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Absa Top 10 Pinotage Finalist 2021
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2020/21 has undeniably been the most challenging years endured in South Africa and across the world. Albeit, the wine industry has stood firm and remains optimistic, and wine competitions like the Absa Top 10, Perold Cape Blend and Pinotage Rose, remain relevant. 

The Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards is an annual competition held to celebrate the premium Pinotage wines of South Africa. The competition was launched in 1997 with the intend to improve the quality of Pinotage. Absa Bank is a proud sponsor of the Pinotage Association and has since enjoyed a solid collaboration over the past 24 years. Absa remains the proud sponsor of the annual awards and are committed to the relationship with the association. Their 24-year investment in the Pinotage Association is testament to the banks understanding that agriculture is a generational business.

2020/21 has undeniably been the most challenging years endured in South Africa and across the world. Albeit, the wine industry has stood firm and remains optimistic, and wine competitions like the Absa Top 10, Perold Cape Blend and Pinotage Rose, remain relevant. 

Beyers Truter, Chairman of the Pinotage Association says, “The Pinotage Association’s Vision2025 endeavours to get all stakeholders in sync with regards to Pinotage research, knowledge transfer and marketing. We want to double Pinotage’s contribution to the economy in the period ending in 2025, when Pinotage will be celebrating its centenary. This will be possible with the commitment from our partner Absa and their continued support to the wine industry”. He also stressed on the improved quality of Pinotage and winemakers greater understanding their terroir, these being the fundamental ingredients of the success recipe.

2021 Entries

With over 133 entries received in the 2021 Pinotage Top10,Pinotage Association chair Beyers Truter is not only delighted with the quality of the wines but also that they represent the vast Cape winelands.

The Museum class received over 10 entries.  The association encourages producers to enter this category, which truly showcases the aging potential of Pinotage wines.

Judges

A special thank you and acknowledgement to the 2021 Judges: Winnie Bowman, Carl Schultz, Frans Smit, Solly Monyamane, Johann Fourie and Elmarie Botes. This panel of experienced and respected judges have contributed to the success of presenting the 2021 Absa Top 10 Pinotage finalists. “The Pinotage awards is of great importance to the producers as well as the consumers. It gives the consumer the opportunity to see the variety of Pinotage we can produce in South Africa while having the surety that every bottle in the top 10 is of excellent quality,” says Winnie Bowman.

Absa Top 10 Pinotage Finalists

Producer (alphabetical)

Year

Wine of Origin

Winemaker

Beeslaar Pinotage

2018

Stellenbosch

Abrie Beeslaar

Beeslaar Pinotage

2019

Stellenbosch

Abrie Beeslaar

Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage

2018

Stellenbosch

Anri Truter

Beyerskloof Winemakers Reserve Pinotage

2018

Stellenbosch

Anri Truter

Bowwood Pinotage

2017

Voor-Paardeberg

Matthew Copeland

Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve

2020

Durbanville

Thys Louw

Diemersdal The Journal Pinotage

2019

Durbanville

Thys Louw

Flagstone Writer's Block Pinotage

2018

Breedekloof

Gerhard Swart

Francois van Niekerk Pinotage

2019

Coastal

Francois van Niekerk

Kanonkop Pinotage

2019

Simonsberg-Stellenbosch

Abrie Beeslaar

La Cave Pinotage

2018

Wellington

Francois van Niekerk

Môreson Widow Maker

2018

Stellenbosch

Clayton Reabow

Neethlingshof Estate Pinotage

2020

Stellenbosch

De Wet Viljoen

Neil Ellis Bottelary Hills Pinotage

2019

Stellenbosch

Warren Ellis

Piekenierskloof Johan van Zyl Pinotage

2019

Piekenierskloof

Jaco van Niekerk

Rijk's Reserve Pinotage

2015

Tulbagh

Pierre Wahl

Rijk's Reserve Pinotage

2016

Tulbagh

Pierre Wahl

Simonsig Pinotage Redhill

2018

Stellenbosch

Michael Malan

Stellenbosch 1679 Pinotage

2019

Stellenbosch

Nicolas Husselman/Handré Visagie

Stellenrust Cornerstone Pinotage

2019

Stellenbosch

Tertius Boshoff

Congratulations to all 20 finalists, we wish them luck for the upcoming awards which will be streamed on Facebook. Event date 31 August 2021, midday.
 

OTHER NEWS

Grand Pinotage 

The Pinotage Association has launched the first classification of Pinotage under the auspices of Grand Pinotage. The launch of Grand Pinotage is a historic moment for the South African wine industry, as well as the timeline of Pinotage as a varietal. In addition, it is a suitable precursor to Pinotage's centenary in 2025.This collection of six Grand Pinotages represents the most award-winning producers of the past two decades and showcases the distinctive features of this brand.

Pinotage Unplugged

The Pinotage Association’s online training program to be launched mid-August, will see many local and international wine enthusiasts be educated and well informed on Pinotage, accelerating the launch of the Top 10 Pinotage Brand Ambassadors and opening doors for more to pursue careers in the wine industry

Important dates

31 August 2021 – Pinotage Awards Ceremony
28 September 2021 – Perold Cape Blend and Pinotage Rose Awards Ceremony

For more information, contact the Pinotage Association:
Website: www.pinotage.co.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PinotageWine
Twitter: @PinotageSA
Email: marketing@pinotage.co.za


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