Recent awards and press
A special mention goes to DeMorgenzon for their 2015 Reserve Chenin Blanc which won the Chenin Blanc Trophy. Paired with its recent Gold at the Decanter 2016 Awards and Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc Trophy at IWC 2016, this rounds off a great year for the wine. The IWSC judges commented; Deep, old gold colour. Inviting nose gives hint of some maturity. Slow evolving in the glass. Deep and complex. Full and rounded in the mouth with lovely, lemony leesy notes. Rich and mouth filling with layers of flavour where apple, beeswax and melon all play a part. Lovely now but loads of life still to develop.
Six Nations Challenge 2016
Open to wines from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Chile and South Africa, the Six Nations Challenge is judged by a representative from each country, including Bob Campbell MW for New Zealand and Huon Hooke for Australia.
2010 Peter Barlow, Rustenberg, Stellenbosch – Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Rustenberg also received a Gold medal for 2013 Five Soldiers Chardonnay.
Rustenberg’s Five Soldiers Chardonnay was also a winner at this year’s Veritas Awards, where it
picked up a Double Gold for the 2014 vintage.
Other Double Gold winners were:
2013 Buzzard Kloof Syrah, Rustenberg, Stellenbosch
2015 Big Easy Red Blend, Ernie Els, Stellenbosch
New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
At this year’s New Zealand International Wine Show, the Trophy for Best Riesling was won by Forrest
Wines for their 2016 The Doctor’s Riesling. The judges commented: Gorgeously aromatic, light, refreshing 9% alcohol style with tropical fruit sherbet, apple, orange zest and honeysuckle and a delectable, long-lasting, deliciously fruity finish.
Gold medals were awarded to:
2016 The Doctor’s Rosé, Forrest Wines, Marlborough (9.5%)
2016 Blondie, Wooing Tree, Central Otago
And we were pleased to see that Olly Smith chose Topiary’s 2015 Chardonnay as his wine of the week; Expect lime-citrus splendour with nuanced nuttiness from South Africa’s fabulous Franschhoek.