By Lorraine Kearney
Whereas we have been in lockdown, a slew of the Cape Winelands’ most interesting racked up awards. There have been the Shiraz SA awards, held nearly; the 18th Decanter World Wine Awards, a worldwide competitors with judges from all over the world; and the Gilbert & Gaillard Worldwide Problem in France.
The Shiraz SA awards showcase the various types and greatest wines produced domestically from this grape selection.
The Decanter World Wine Awards is the world’s largest and most influential wine competitors. A report variety of greater than 18 000 wines from 56 international locations have been tasted blind by a panel of 170 knowledgeable wine judges together with UK Masters of Wine and Grasp Sommeliers.
Gilbert & Gaillard is the writer of a web based information to wine in France and 22 different international locations, making it an necessary benchmark for wineries.
Roodeberg’s prime tier crimson, Dr Charles Niehaus, named for Roodeberg’s founder, was named a High Three champion, alongside Anura SMG Reserve 2018 and Stellenzicht Acheulean Purple 2018.
Fruit purity and complexity are the crux of this Roodeberg, which has advanced since its maiden classic in 2010 right into a grasp mix. The award profitable 2018 classic is a mix of Shiraz (41%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Cabernet Franc (12%), Petite Syrah (12%) and Malbec (8%).
A wine of depth and nice fruit focus, it provides fragrant layers of blackcurrant, mulberries and plum enlivened by hints of violets, resulting in an intense and lasting end. roodeberg.com
As in 2020, the class for rosé drew just a few entries with the three finalist wines all from the 2021 classic. Villion Household Wines Rosa Rabbedoe Rosé 2021 was named the winner with Lyngrove Assortment Shiraz Rosé and Saronsberg Shiraz Rosé the runners-up.
Decanter World Wine Awards
Constantia Glen received large on the London-based awards. Its 5, the flagship crimson from the property’s standout 2017 classic, obtained a Platinum award and a rating of 97/100 factors.
Crafted from all 5 Bordeaux crimson grape varieties thriving in Constantia Glen’s distinctive micro-climate and undulating vineyards, the 2017 classic is a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon (32%), Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc (17%), Petit Verdot (17%) and Malbec (10%). Nice richness, texture, fragrant purity, and protracted, fine-grained tannins are the hallmark of the 2017 classic. constantiaglen.com
Stellenbosch’s Tokara entered 5 wines into the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards, coming dwelling with two gold medals. All 5 wines broke the 90 level barrier. The 2 gold medallists are the Reserve Assortment Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 with a rating of 96/100 and the Director’s Reserve White 2018 notching up 95 factors.
Tokara Reserve Assortment Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a consummate wine exhibiting consistency classic after classic. It’s a true expression of the prized winery blocks on the slopes of the Simonsberg. It exhibits traditional graphite notes and briary fruits interwoven with 5 spice and the faintest trace of dried porcini. Count on a mouthful of darkish cherry, crimson currant and fynbos scrub.
The soon-to-be-released Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2018 is a Bordeaux-style mix of Sauvignon Blanc (63%) and Semillon (37%) grown on the very best slopes of Tokara’s Stellenbosch property. It’s barrel fermented and you’ll count on notes of gooseberry and pink grapefruit intertwined with hints of lemon grass and flippantly toasted almonds.
The opposite Tokara wines that excelled are the Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (93), the Director’s Reserve Purple 2018 (92) and Tokara Blanc de Blancs Cap Classique 2013 (92).
Steenberg Semillon additionally performed effectively on the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards. A pure expression of Steenberg terroir, it scored 92 factors, incomes a silver medal.
“A richly textured wine. Cool inexperienced fruits combine with sandalwood and a floral word and a grassy, tangy end,” is how the Decanter judges describe this New World, cool local weather Semillon from the Constantia Valley. steenbergfarm.com
Gilbert & Gaillard Problem
Bonnievale Wines notched up two gold medals on the Gilbert & Gaillard Worldwide Problem, with its The River Assortment Sauvignon Blanc 2021 and Bonnievale Restricted Launch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019.
“It’s all the time gratifying to get recognition in awards programmes as a result of they recognise the efforts of everybody concerned within the realisation of high quality wine and the excellence throughout the portfolio,” says winemaker Marthinus Rademeyer.
The panel described The River Assortment Sauvignon Blanc 2021 as “clear, crisp and refreshing”. Launched simply months in the past, it’s medium-bodied and a dry but fruity white wine that companions effectively with seafood, together with sushi.
In awarding gold to the Bonnievale Restricted Launch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, the judges mentioned the wine was consuming “very effectively now”, which might proceed to enhance with age. That is the third classic of the wine, which will probably be formally launched later this 12 months. bonnievalewines.co.za
And eventually, Tokara celebrated the 50th anniversary of Cap Classique with a double gold medal awarded in France for the brand new 2013 Blanc de Blancs classic.
It obtained 93/100 factors on the Gilbert & Gaillard Worldwide Problem, held yearly by one in all France’s main wine guides.
The third providing of this Méthode Cap Classique was crafted completely from Tokara’s excellent cool local weather Chardonnay winery in Elgin. The bottom wine of the elegant classic is barrel matured for eight months adopted by seven years on the lees within the bottle to develop richness and finesse.
The mousse is ok and constant, enlivened by aromas of flippantly toasted almonds, lemon protect and a touch of contemporary inexperienced apple.
“The best of bubblies, the palate is an excellent interaction between silky fluidity, crystalline acidity and high quality mousse. It’s extremely moreish and can go away you craving for an additional sip,” says winemaker Stuart Botha.
Look out for the weird bottle. tokara.com