BONNIEVALE WINES MAKES HISTORY AT SA'S PRESTIGIOUS TROPHY SHOW
This week saw the eagerly-awaited announcement of winners in the annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. For one winery in particular, the event was historic. Bonnievale Wines claimed no fewer than two medals and a trophy - an astounding achievement for first-timers to the podium of the Trophy Wine Show.
Crowning the occasion for the Bonnievale team was the fact that they were the only trophy winner from the entire Robertson wine region among 24 awarded at this authoritative competition, and one of only 32 Gold medallists. The competition panel assessed 956 wines from 206 producers this year.
Now in its 18th year, the TWS is South Africa's premier wine competition, identifying the very best Cape wines, recognising the achievements of the country's winemakers, and honouring excellence in the wine industry. It has been described by UK-based wine authority Jancis Robinson as possibly the toughest of its kind in the world.
"This is a tremendous honour for us," says Bonnievale Wines Production Manager Marthinus Rademeyer. "Doing well at the Trophy Wine Show that makes use of an experienced and international tasting panel makes it a very significant championship, especially because we've put much effort into the global appeal of our wines."
Winning Gold and the Old Mutual Trophy for Discovery of the Show / Best Value was the Bonnievale Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. It achieved a score of 94/100 - classified by the judges as a "superlative, world-class"
A complex wine, it shows aromas of blackcurrent and spice. The palate is characterised by fruit prominence and smokiness and reveals notes of berries and plums, with a hint of dark chocolate. It spent 15 months maturing in American and French oak barrels prior to bottling.
It's partner in the Trophy Wine Show spotlight was the Bonnievale The River Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017, which received a medal for its "good to very good, fine character".
Marthinus says the latest awards highlight several key elements that reveal a golden thread linking all wines in the Bonnievale Wines portfolio.
"The Bonnievale Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 was made from a selection of vineyard parcels that were vinified in different cellars across the group. Another selection took place when we had to select barrels of the best wines for the final blend.
"It was truly a team effort, from the viticultural investments in pursuing the best quality fruit to the involvement of winemaking teams across the organisation," he says, adding that the wine demonstrated success takes time.
"We've established a foundation that ensures consistency in quality, from vineyard to bottle. Our numerous awards including this performance at the Trophy Wine Show has reaffirmed our ability to make world-class wines."