Robertson Wine Valley toasts to success at the 2017 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge
By Alet du Toit
The recently released results of the prestigious Amorim Cap Classique Challenge, has got the Robertson Wine Valley bubbling with pride. The Robertson Wine Valley deservedly walked away with a class winner in the Museum Class, two Gold Awards and nine Silver Awards. The highly sought-after Frans Malan Legacy Trophy was also bestowed on a producer from the Robertson Wine valley.
In alphabetical order, the winning producers from the Robertson Wine Valley are:
Bon Courage Wine Estate added to their noteworthy success by obtaining three Silver Awards for their Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs 2010, Jacques Bruére Cuveé Rosé Brut 2010 and the Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve 2010.
Graham Beck Wines was awarded two of the most high-profile awards of the competition. The Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005 was named as the Class Winner in the Museum Class and the coveted Frans Malan Legacy Trophy was bestowed on Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellermaster at Graham Beck Wines. When asked for commentary on his receival of this prestigious award, Pieter responded modestly, thanking his “A-Team” in the Robertson Wine Valley, under the leadership of Pierre de Klerk as well as his fellow colleagues for their support. Graham Beck also obtained the below listed results:
Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005: Gold and best in class
Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2012: Gold
Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2012: Silver
Graham Beck Brut Zero 2012: Silver
This family owned winery, located in the picturesque countryside of McGregor, obtained two silver Awards for their MCC Brut Rosé NV, offering hints of cherries and their MCC Brut 2014, a well-balanced, full-bodied MCC.
Paul René MCC, the newest addition to the Wonderfontein collection, scooped up two awards this year. A Silver Award for their Paul René Brut 2014 and a Bronze Award for their Paul René Brut Rosé 2014. The former has been described as offering green apple freshness, with an emphatic and tenacious dry and creamy finish and the latter, as being refreshing in style and appearance with floral undertones and silky richness.
The Viljoensdrift Villion 2009 from Viljoendrift Fine Wines, a family owned farm and winery, received a Silver Award in the Museum Category. This fine MCC presents fragrances of peach, white flowers and vanilla pods.
The Robertson Wine Valley can be proud of their performance at this leading event, now in its 16th consecutive year, which has afforded recognition to the valley’s remarkable Méthode Cap Classique.