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Robertson Wine Valley strikes it rich with the Gold Awards

Seven  Wine Valley cellars amass a glittering array of awards
By Myrna Robins
In this professionally organised competition excellent wines selling at less than R110 a 750ml bottle are identified, judged and those delivering fine quality within the price limit  are rewarded. Along with the prestige gained by winning producers, these results offer consumers recommendations of affordable quality, as they can look out for wines sporting the distinctive Gold Award label within the value-for-money price range.
Little surprise that many Robertson Wine Valley scored well in this contest, as their reputation for consistently fine products at realistic prices has long been recognised.
In alphabetical order, the winners are:
Arabella Wines Arabella Wines added 5 Gold Wine awards to their achievements for 2017. Merlot 2016, Chardonnay 2017, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Viognier 2017 and Natural Sweet Rose 2017.
Ashton Winery: This grower-owned producer, marking its 55th anniversary this year, can add a quartet of Gold to their celebrations, with their Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay unwooded and Sauvignon Blanc obtaining top marks. 
Bon Courage received five gold medals for their 2015 The Estate Blend Cabernet/Shiraz, 2015 The Pepper Tree Shiraz and 2015 The Mulberry Bush Merlot  plus two whites, André’s Fame Colombard 2017 and The Gooseberry Bush Sauvignon Blanc 2017.
McGregor Wines scored Gold with their 2017 Chardonnay and Colombard along with the 2016 White Muscadel, results which their loyal supporters in the village of McGregor will endorse with enthusiasm. 
Rietvallei Wine Estate  Adding to  notable successes  in 2017 are Gold awards for two wines from their popular John B range,  the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Rosé. They complement each other well, the former fresh and fruity, the latter floral and off-dry.
Rooiberg Winery Is celebrating a tally of no less than six Gold medals which should guide many consumers to their labels on the shelves. White  wine winners are a trio of 2017 Cape White Colombar, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc,  while the reds awarded Gold are the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, their renowned 2016 Pinotage Reserve and the 2014 Premium Shiraz.
Windfall Wine Farm 
This boutique wine estate in the Agterkliphoogte valley has been awarded Gold for their 2017 Sauvignon Blanc.
As we congratulate the RWV winners for their substantial Gold  haul, it is worth noting that this contest, held under the auspices of the Cape Wine Academy selects  qualified judges to  taste entries in a double-blind procedure. To avoid tasting fatigue they taste a maximum of 10 wines in a category  in a row. Judges  know neither the identity of the wines tasted nor their prices, which, the organisers point out, makes for more fair judging. . The double blind tasting was audited by Theron du Plessis Accountants.