After more than 320 entries for the 12th annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, almost equal to last year’s record entries, South Africa’s homegrown red wine cultivar Pinotage this year stood out as a top performer from an estate between Hermanus and Stanford in the Walker Bay district.
Springfontein Estate entered the National Winner for Pinotage, the Springfontein Limestone Rocks Gadda da Vida 2013, and the National Winner for Red Blend, Springfontein Limestone Rocks Whole Lotta Love 2014, of which Pinotage is an ingredient, making it a so-called Cape Blend.
Both these National Winners (Pinotage and Red Blend) were also selected for the award for South Africa’s Top 5 Estate Wines. In addition, Springfontein also received the second ever Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top Single Vineyard wine. The wine is also a Pinotage, the Springfontein Jonathan’s Ridge Pinotage 2013.
Another top performer at the 2017 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards was Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West. Three of their estate-produced wines were selected as National Winners, showing the diversity of quality this estate can produce. Their National Winners are the Lourensford Limited Release Merlot 2015, Lourensford Limited Release Viognier 2016 and Lourensford Limited Release Noble Late Harvest 2014 (natural sweet wine). The latter is the wine that received the highest average score out of all the wines entered for the competition, and it was also selected as one of South Africa’s Top 5 Estate Wines.
Bergsig Estate in the Breedekloof this year clearly displayed its quality wine terrain by, for the second year in a row, receiving the Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top Wine Estate and the Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top Terroir Producer, after entering ten wines, of which nine received above average scores from the panel. Bergsig entered two National Winners, the Bergsig Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 and the Bergsig Touriga Nacional 2013. The Bergsig Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 was also selected as one of the Top 5 Estate Wines.
Cederberg Private Cellar was once again one of the top achievers, with two National Winners, one from their wine terrain in the Cederberg and one from their wine terrain in Elim. They are the Cederberg Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012 (Top Sparkling Wine) and Ghost Corner Semillon 2015 respectively. Cederberg has in the past entered many National Winners, both white and red cultivars, and this year for the first time even the Top Sparkling Wine.
Groot Constantia Estate in Cape Town entered their third National Winner in a row, the Groot Constantia Gouverneurs White 2015 (white blend), and each time a different cultivar or style (previously Merlot and Pinotage), displaying their overall variety of quality styles and cultivars.
South Africa’s Top 5 Estate wines were also adjudged according to the estate wines with the highest average score. They are Bergsig Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013, Lisha Nelson Cabernet Franc 2014, Lourensford Ltd Release Noble Late Harvest 2014, Springfontein Limestone Rocks Gadda da Vida 2013 and Springfontein Limestone Rocks Whole Lotta Love 2014.
The 2017 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards National Winners are: Lourensford Limited Release Merlot 2015, Lourensford Limited Release Viognier 2016, Lourensford Ltd Release Noble Late Harvest 2014, Cederberg Blanc de Blancs Brut 2012, Ghost Corner Semillon 2015, Groot Constantia Gouverneurs White 2015 (White Blend), Kaapzicht 1947 Chenin Blanc 2016, D’Aria The Songbird Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2015, Oak Valley Groendlandberg Pinot Noir 2016, Kranskop Tannat 2014, Ondine Grenache 2015, Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Malbec Reserve 2015, Bergsig Touriga Nacional 2013, Bergsig Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013, Lisha Nelson Cabernet Franc 2014, Springfontein Limestone Rocks GDV Pinotage 2013, Springfontein Limestone Rocks Whole Lotta Love 2014 (Red Blend), Wildekrans Shiraz Barrel Select Reserve 2014, Boplaas Cape Vintage 2014 (Port style) and Nuy Red Muscadel 2010.
This year’s judges were David Biggs, Duimpie Bayly, Samarie Smith, Jeff Grier, Sandile Mkhwanazi, Elize Coetzee and Kris Snyman.
In addition to the National Winners, Top 5 Estate Wines and Novare Trophies, the best wines in the different areas are also nominated.
The sponsor Novare Equity Partners is a private equity fund advisor with a specific mandate to invest in retail and commercial real estate in sub-Saharan Africa, outside of South Africa. Derrick Roper, chief executive officer of Novare Equity Partners, said the company is proud to be associated with the prestigious Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards as its sole sponsor.
“As with wine-making, a successful return on investment requires patience, skill and intuition. We congratulate this year’s winners, whose shared ‘can do’ philosophy of achieving success at the highest level is what connects Novare Equity Partners with the awards.”