ROBERTSON VALLEY RECORDS STELLAR SUCCESS
Making its mark with Michelangelo’s International awards
By Myrna Robins
The results of the 21st Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards for 2017 were announced at a glamorous function at the Tsogo Sun hotel in Cape Town on Friday September 29.
Members of Robertson Wine Valley scored substantially, amassing an impressive total of awards for a diverse array of wines and one spirit. The final tally amounts to one Trophy, two Platinum, six Double Gold, 26 Gold and 13 Silver medals.
This competition has gained considerable prestige and credibility over the two decades of its existence, using a team of 28 hand-picked local and international judges from 22 countries to assess the entries for 2017. This year the organisers marked their coming-of-age with the announcement of two new proactive sponsorships: Tsogo Sun and carrier Airlink will provide competition entrants with exposure for their wines through in-house films and inclusion on the winelists of all the carrier’s flights with bar service.
The judges expressed strong support for the quality of South African Chenin Blanc and Pinotage as offering both excellence and true regional expression. However, in the Robertson Wine Valley trendy Cap Classiques, popular Chardonnays and elegant Cabernets continue to dominate among the cultivars that make the region a household name.
Here is the full list of awards won by Robertson Wine Valley members. Congratulations to each and every one of your cellars, winemakers and their teams. You have done the valley proud.
Viljoensdrift Associated Wineries won the JF Hillebrand Trophy for their Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Single Vineyard Pinotage 2014.
Bon Courage Estate for their Bon Courage Noble Late Harvest 2016
Excelsior Estate for their Evanthius Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.
DOUBLE GOLD AWARDS
Bon Courage Estate for their Bon Courage Red Muscadel 2017
Bon Courage Estate for their Bon Courage Cap Classique Jacques Bruère Brut Reserve 2010
De Wetshof Estate for their De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2017.
Bushmanspad Estate for The Menno Red Blend 2015
Rietvallei Estate for their Rietvallei Natural Chardonnay 2017.
The McGregor Wine Company for McGregor Chardonnay 2017.
Arabella Wines for their Arabella Chardonnay 2017
Arabella Wines for Arabella A Pink Panacea Grenache 2017
Bushmanspad Estate for Bushmanspad Malbec 2015
De Wetshof Estate for De Wetshof Limestone Hill chardonnay 2017
De Wetshof Estate for De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2017
Excelsior Estate for Excelsior Chardonnay 2017
Excelsior Estate for Excelsior Purebred Red 2015
Goedverwacht Estate for Goedverwacht Maxim Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Goedverwacht Estate for Goedverwacht Great Expectations Chardonnay 2017
Langverwacht Cellar for Langverwacht Chenin Blanc 2017
Lord’s Wines for Lord’s Pinot Noir MCC Brut Rosé
Mimosa Wines for their Mimosa Reserve Natus MMX 2014
Rietvallei Estate for Rietvallei Dark Cinsaut 2016
Robertson Winery for Constitution Road Shiraz 2013
Robertson Winery for Constitution Road Chardonnay 2016
Rooiberg Winery for Rooiberg Chardonnay Reserve 2016
Rooiberg Winery for Rooiberg Shiraz Reserve 2015
Weltevrede Estate for Philip Jonker Brut Entheos
Weltevrede Estate for Weltevrede Black Syrah 2015
Windfall Wine Farm for Windfall Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Windfall Wine Farm for Windfall Shiraz 2014
Windfall Wine Farm for The Hunter Chenin Blanc NV
Paul René MCC for Paul René Brut 2014
Zandvliet Estate for Zandvliet My Best Friend Red Blend NV
Zandvliet Estate for Zandvliet Chardonnay 2016
Zandvliet Estate for their Hill of Enon Small Berry Pick Shiraz 2015
Arabella Wines for Arabella Chenin Blanc 2017
Ashton Winery for Ashton Chardonnay Unwooded 2017
Goedverwacht Estate for Great Expectations Shiraz 2016
Goedverwacht Estate for Great Expectations Shiraz Rosé 2017
Kranskop Wines for Kranskop Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Kranskop Wines for Kranskop Merlot 2014
Langverwacht Cellar for Langverwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Lord’s Wines for Lord’s MCC Brut
Quando Vineyards & Winery for Quando Mourvèdre Rosé 2017
The McGregor Wine Company for McGregor Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The McGregor Wine Company for McGregor Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015
Rietvallei Wine Estate for John B Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Zandvliet Estate for Zandvliet Clemengold Gin
Award information sourced from the Michelangelo awards website on Monday October 01. See www.michelangeloawards.com for more info.