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2012 Novare Terroir Wine Awards Results

27 Jul 2012

SA’s Top 5 Estate Wines announced

After a record 276 entries for the seventh annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, the first ever SA Terroir Top 5 Estate Wines were selected by the panel of seven judges. South Africa’s top five estate wines are Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2011, Kaapzicht Steytler Pentagon 2008 (red blend), Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2008, Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria 2011 (natural sweet) and Wildekrans Chenin Blanc Barrel Selection 2010.

The top wine estate is also selected out of all the estate wine entries and the winner of the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Estate is Wildekrans Estate, between Grabouw and Elgin in the Bot River Ward of the Walker Bay District. The Wildekrans Chenin Blanc Barrel Selection 2010 is in the five top scoring wines of all the wines entered in the competition and besides being one of the Top 5 Estate Wines, it was also selected as the National Winner of Chenin Blanc. Two more Wildekrans wines were selected as winners in the Walker Bay District, while another wine received an above average rating. Following very closely in second place for the Top Wine Estate Trophy was Kaapzicht, with two National Winners, with the same wines selected as Top 5 Estate Wines, while another wine received an above average rating.

“The focus of the annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards is on the wine producers who, with passion, have become wine growing terrain (terroir) perfectionists. This is a perfect combination of soil, climate, viticulture and vinification. Only wines certified as Wine of Origin (WO) from a single vineyard, estate, ward or small district not divided into wards can be entered,” says founder and project leader Marius Labuschagne.

The 2012 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards National Winners for cultivar wines, red and white blends, rosé, sparkling wine and dessert wine are: Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve White 2010 (white blend), Wildekrans Chenin Blanc Barrel Selection 2010, Kaapzicht Steytler Pentagon 2008 (red blend), Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2008, KWV Mentors Viognier 2011, Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2011, Lisha Nelson Cabernet Franc 2008, Nuy Chardonnay 2009, Nuy White Muscadel 2007, Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012, Anura Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007, Anura Syrah Limited Release 2007 (Shiraz), De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2008 (port), La Motte Brut Cap Classique 2009 (sparkling wine), Neethlingshof Gewürztraminer 2012, Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria 2011 (natural sweet), Welbedacht Merlot 2005, Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2010 and David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2010.

For the third year the trophy for a winegrowing terrain that produced the most top performing wines was also awarded. The winner of the 2012 Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Area is Stellenboschkloof in the Stellenbosch District. Jordan Estate and Neethlingshof Estate were the main contributors with three National Winners, one of the Top 5 Estate Wines and six winners in the Stellenbosch District.

"The Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards is now in its seventh year and it has grown year-by-year with record entries each time. We are passionately involved because the unique and special wine growing areas in Southern Africa must always be a subject and a tasteful journey of discovery for local and international wine lovers. The variety of great terroirs on the southern tip of Africa deserves its own recognition and must always be used to the full. We are proud to be involved," says Derrick Roper, CEO of Novare.

The 2012 judges were Andrea Freeborough, Dave Hughes, David Biggs, Guy Webber, Irina von Holdt, Marilyn Cooper and Pierre Marais. The technical coordinator was Charl Theron. Results were audited by Novare’s accounts department. 

Issued by ML Communications. Contact Marius Labuschagne at 021 975 8166 or 079 640 6800.

FULL RESULTS:

National winners followed by area winners

2012 SA Terroir Wine Awards National Winners

Top White Blend: Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve White 2010
Top Chenin Blanc: Wildekrans Chenin Blanc Barrel Selection 2010
Top Red Blend: Kaapzicht Steytler Pentagon 2008
Top Pinotage: Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2008
Top Viognier: KWV Mentors Viognier 2011
Top Riesling: Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2011
Top Cabernet Franc: Lisha Nelson Cabernet Franc 2008
Top Chardonnay: Nuy Chardonnay 2009
Top Muscadel: Nuy White Muscadel 2007
Top Sauvignon Blanc: Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012
Top Cabernet Sauvignon: Anura Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007
Top Shiraz: Anura Syrah Limited Release 2007 (Shiraz)
Top Port: De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2008 (port)
Top Sparkling Wine: La Motte Brut 2009 (sparkling wine)
Top Gewürztraminer: Neethlingshof Gewürztraminer 2012
Top Natural Sweet Wine: Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria 2011
Top Merlot: Welbedacht Merlot 2005
Top Malbec: Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2010
Top Semillon: David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2010.

2012 SA Terroir Wine Awards Area winners

Stellenbosch District Terroir Awards (including Stellenbosch wards)

Top Red Blend: Kaapzicht Steytler Pentagon 2008
Top Pinotage: Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2008
Top Chenin Blanc: Jordan Chenin Blanc 2011
Top Chardonnay: Jordan Chardonnay 2010
Top Riesling: Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2011
Top Merlot: Meerlust Merlot 2008
Top Cabernet Sauvignon: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Top Gewürztraminer: Neethlingshof Gewürztraminer 2012
Top Natural Sweet Wine: Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria 2011

Walker Bay and Cape Agulhas Districts Terroir Awards

Top Chenin Blanc: Wildekrans Chenin Blanc Barrel Selection 2010
Top Semillon: David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2010
Top Sauvignon Blanc: David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Top White Blend: Hermanuspietersfontein Die Bartho 2011
Top Red Blend: Wildekrans Cape Blend Barrel Selection 2010
Top Shiraz: Wildekrans Shiraz Barrel Selection 2010
Top Pinotage: Springfontein Johathans Ridge Single Vineyard Pinotage 2009

Robertson District and Swellendam District Terroir Awards

Top White Blend: Bon Courage Hillside White 2012
Top Chardonnay: Rietvallei Claim d’Or Chardonnay 2011
Top Colombar: Bon Courage André’s Fame Colombar 2012
Top Shiraz: Bon Courage Inkara Shiraz 2010
Top Natural Sweet Wine: Bon Courage Gewürztraminer SLH 2012
Top Sparkling Wine: Bon Courage Blanc de Blanc 2008
Top Muscadel: Bon Courage White Muscadel 2012

Durbanville Ward and Philadelphia Ward Terroir Awards

Top Sauvignon Blanc: Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012
Top Red Blend: Diemersdal Private Collection: 2010
Top Merlot: Durbanville Hills Luipaardsberg Merlot 2008
Top Pinotage: Meerendal Heritage Block Pinotage 2010
Top Cabernet Sauvignon: Meerendal Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Top Natural Sweet Wine: De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc NLH 2012

Breedekloof District Terroir Awards

Top Chenin Blanc: Slanghoek Private Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Top Sauvignon Blanc: Bergsig Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Top Sparkling Wine: Hendrik Lodewyk Cap Classique NV
Top Port: Bergsig Cape LBV 2001
Top Muscadel: Slanghoek Red Muscadel 2011

Wellington District and Voor-Paardeberg Ward Terroir Awards

Top Pinotage: Bosman Pinotage 2010
Top Shiraz: Nelson Estate Shiraz 2008
Top Cabernet Sauvignon: Bosman Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Top Chenin Blanc: Wellington Wines Chenin Blanc 2012
Top Shiraz: Welbedacht Bohemian Shiraz 2008

Worcester District Terroir Awards

Top Colombar: Nuy Colombar 2012
Top Shiraz: Nuy Barrel Selection Shiraz 2010
Top Pinotage: Nuy Barrel Selection Pinotage 2010
Top Cabernet Sauvignon: Nuy Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Paarl District Terroir Awards (including Paarl wards)

Top Petit Verdot: Anura Petit Verdot Ltd Release 2008
Top Merlot: Anura Merlot Reserve 2008
Top Cabernet Sauvignon: Anura Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007
Top Sparkling Wine: Anura Brut 2007

Simonsberg-Paarl Ward Terroir Awards

Top Petit Verdot: Anura Petit Verdot Ltd Release 2008
Top Merlot: Anura Merlot Reserve 2008
Top Cabernet Sauvignon: Anura Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007
Top Sparkling Wine: Anura Brut 2007

Constantia Ward, Hout Bay Ward and Cape Point District Terroir Awards

Top Chardonnay: Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2011
Top Red Blend: Constantia Glen Five 2008
Top Shiraz: Groot Constantia Shiraz 2010

Klein Karoo Region, Swartberg and Prins Albert Wards Terroir Awards

Top Muscadel: Boplaas Muscadel 2011
Top Port: De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2008

Franschhoek Valley District

Top Semillon: Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2011
Top Cabernet Sauvignon: Dieu Donne Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Devon Valley, Papegaaiberg and Polkadraai Hills Wards Terroir Awards
Top Red Blend: Meerlust Rubicon 2007
Top Merlot: Meerlust Merlot 2008

Bottelary Ward Terroir Awards

Top Red Blend: Kaapzicht Steytler Pentagon 2008
Top Pinotage: Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2008

Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Ward Terroir Awards

Top Chardonnay: Uitkyk Chardonnay 2010

Elgin District Terroir Awards

Top Viognier: KWV Mentors Viognier 2011

Jonkershoek Ward and Banghoek Ward Terroir Awards

None

Swartland District and Darling District Terroir Awards

None

Tulbagh District and Ceres Ward Terroir Awards

None

Olifants River Region, Lamberts Bay and Cederberg Ward Terroir Awards

None

Overberg District Terroir Awards

None