Media Release - 1 October 2020

The results of the 15th annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards once again portray the Western Cape as a particularly versatile area with diverse and excellent terroir, which produces a variety of top quality wines. Altogether five trophies and 32 national winners were named. 

The trophy for the overall winning entry was awarded for the second time this year – at an exclusive function which fully complied with Covid-19 regulations – in the Overture Restaurant of Hidden Valley Wines, Stellenbosch. From the more than 240 entries representing diverse cultivars and wine styles, the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine was awarded to a four year-old Chenin Blanc from Stanford in Walker Bay, namely the Springfontein Jil’s Dune Chenin Blanc 2016 – created thanks to an extraordinary vintage year for Chenin Blanc in this area.

Lourensford, in Somerset-West, this year excelled with the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Estate. They also clinched the trophy for Top Single Vineyard Wine, with the Lourensford Limited Release Sémillon Noble Late Harvest 2014. This wine was also the National Winner in the Top Natural Sweet Wine category, while the Lourensford Limited Release Viognier 2019, was the national winner in the Viognier category.

The Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top Terroir Producer was awarded to Stettyn Wine Cellar near Villiersdorp. In addition to several of this cellar’s wines achieving excellent points, Stettyn Wine Cellar also produced the national winners of the White Blend and Rosé entries, respectively the Stettyn Stone White (Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc) 2020 and Stettyn Family Vineyards Rosé (Chardonnay/Pinot Noir) 2020.

Naming the winner of the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Area, is always challenging, because of the many wines that score good points and the size of the terrains involved. The Groenberg Ward in Wellington this year took this trophy, by achieving three national winners, the Mischa Rousanne 2020, Mischa Petit Sirah 2019 and Linton Park Estate Malbec 2018. Groenberg also brought in four area winners in the Wellington District. This year a national winner Certified Heritage Vineyard Wine was also chosen, the winner being Piekenierskloof Heidedal Cinsaut 2018 from Citrusdal.

The significant role of single vineyard wines in the Wine of Origin system was emphasised this year by the fact that seven single vineyard wines were named national winners. No other wine represents terroir more specifically than a single vineyard wine.

The other national winners of the various styles and cultivars are Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2004, Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2018,  Skuinsberg Cinsaut 2019, Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard 2020, Piekenierskloof Grenache Noir 2019, Villa Esposto Straw Wine 2017, Mariëtte Chardonnay MCC 2014, Lanzerac Merlot 2018, Nuy Wit Muskadel 2013, Mischa Estate Reserve Range 2019, Le Bonheur Petit Verdot Reserve 2018, Mariëtte Pinot Blanc 2019, Apogée Pinot Noir 2015, Flagstone Writer’s Block Pinotage 2018, Wildekrans Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve 2017 (Pinotage/Pinot Noir/Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon), Lutzville Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Benguela Cove Catalina Sémillon 2018, Old Road Wine Co Pepper Wind Syrah 2017,  Kranskop Tannat 2018, De Krans Tinta Roriz 2018, Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2019 and Vrede en Lust Early Mist Riesling 2019.

At the 15th annual judging for the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, the unique protocol list for safe Covid-19 measures of the SA National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) was implemented highly successfully and included the following: An on-line screening form to be completed by all judges and personnel; temperature-screening and hand-sanitation on arrival; compulsory face masks and maintaining a safe distance of 2 m between judges; clean glasses for each round of wines, and all glasses to be washed in a special machine at 80°C.

The select panel of judges comprised Jeff Grier (chairperson), David Biggs, Narina Cloete., Sandile Mkhwanazi and Anton Swarts.

Said Derrick Roper, Founder and Director Novare Holdings, “While this year might be remembered mostly for Covid-19, it’s encouraging to know that among the turmoil, our esteemed winemakers stood the test once again in producing top quality wines.”

“The year 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of this prestigious event, showcasing these particular wines in expression and sense of place, their terroir.  In addition, Novare Holdings, sole sponsor of the awards since their inception, on this very day also celebrates its 20-year anniversary as one of South Africa’s leading independent financial services groups. 

With a strong balance sheet, Novare is able to offer a wide variety of unique, well-researched investment options, including investment advice, asset management, investment consulting, alternative investments and private equity. Our partnership with the competition reinforces the value we as a company place on knowledge, innovation and performance. 

“We are proud to be associated with the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards,” said Roper.

The chairperson of the SA National Wine Show Association, which presents the Awards, Christo Pienaar thanked Novare for their ongoing support of the competition over the past 15 years. “It’s an unbelievable privilege to have such a partner which saw the competition’s potential from the onset and has supported us to the full. We are looking forward to build out the competition in collaboration with Novare to be a showpiece element of our industry’s unique wine areas.”

At the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards only wines certified as single vineyard wine, estate-produced wine and wine from a ward or district not divided into more than one ward, are judged. In addition to National Winners and Novare trophies awarded, the best wines in die different areas are also named. 

The full results are indicated below and will also be available on the website www.terroirwineawards.co.za.

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2020 NOVARE TERROIR WINE AWARDS

Trophy Winners

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Estate: Lourensford Wines 

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Producer: Stettyn Wynkelder

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Single Vineyard Wine: 2014 Lourensford Sémillon Limited Release NLH

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Area: Groenberg (Wellington)

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine: 2016 Springfontein Single Vineyard Jil’s Dune Chenin Blanc

2020 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards National Winners

Cabernet Franc 2019 Lynx Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon
Cape Port Style 2004 Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve
Certified Heritage Vineyard Wines 2018 Piekenierskloof Heidedal Cinsault
Chardonnay 2018 Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc 2016 Springfontein Single Vineyard Jil's Dune Chenin Blanc
Cinsaut 2019 Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut
Colombard 2020 Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard
Grenache Noir 2019 Piekenierskloof Grenache Noir
Hanepoot 2017 Villa Esposto Straw Wine
Malbec 2018 Linton Park Estate Malbec
MCC 2014 Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Chardonnay MCC
Merlot 2018 Lanzerac Merlot
Muskaat 2013 Nuy Wit Muskadel
NLH 2014 Lourensford Sémillon Limited Release NLH
Petite Sirah 2019 Mischa Estate Reserve Range Petite Sirah
Petit Verdot 2018 Le Bonheur Petit Verdot Reserve
Pinot Blanc 2019 Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Pinot Blanc
Pinot Noir 2015 La Vierge Apogée Pinot Noir
Pinotage 2018 Flagstone Writers Block Pinotage
Red Blend 2017 Wildekrans Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve
Rosé 2020 Stettyn Family Vineyards Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Roussanne 2020 Mischa Estate Range Roussanne
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Lutzville Sauvignon Blanc
Sémillon 2018 Benguela Cove Catalina Sémillon
Syrah 2017 Old Road Wine Co Pepper Wind Syrah
Tannat 2018 Kranskop Tannat
Tinta Roriz 2018 De Krans Tinta Roriz
Touriga Naçional 2019 Boplaas Touriga Naçional
Viognier 2019 Lourensford Limited Release Viognier
Weisser Riesling 2019 Vrede en Lust Early Mist Riesling
White Blend 2020 Stettyn Stone White Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards – Area Winners

Breedekloof District including wards

Chenin Blanc 2018 Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Chenin Blanc
Pinot Blanc 2019 Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Pinot Blanc
Sémillon 2019 Le Belle Rebelle A Bird in the Hand Sémillon
MCC 2014 Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Chardonnay MCC
Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinotage 2018 Flagstone Writers Block Pinotage
Shiraz 2016 Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Syrah

Calitzdorp District

Tinta Roriz 2018 De Krans Tinta Roriz
Touriga Naçional 2019 Boplaas Touriga Naçional
Muscat 2015 Boplaas The Block 1932 Hanepoot
Cape Port Style 2004 Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve

Cape Agulhas District including wards

Cultivar Blend 2018 Ghost Corner The Bowline Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon
Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc
Sémillon 2018 Ghost Corner Sémillon
Shiraz 2016 The Berrio Shiraz

Cape Town District including wards

Cultivar Blend 2016 Bloemendal Kanonberg
Chenin Blanc 2020 Groot Phestantekraal Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Groot Phesantekraal Sauvignon Blanc
Rosé/Blanc de Noir 2020 Groot Phesantekraal Rosé
Red Blend 2018 Klein Roosboom My Way Barrel Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Groot Phesantekraal Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec 2017 Bloemendal Waterlily Malbec
Merlot 2017 Steenberg Merlot
Pinotage 2016 Meerendal Heritage Block Pinotage

Cederberg Ward

Chenin Blanc 2018 Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir 2019 Driehoek Mieke Pinot Noir
Shiraz 2018 Driehoek Shiraz

Ceres Plato District

Shiraz 2017 Koelfontein Estate Shiraz

Citrusdalberg District

Chenin Blanc 2019 Villa Esposto Chenin Blanc
Straw wine 2017 Villa Esposto Straw Wine
Grenache Noir 2019 Piekenierskloof Grenache Noir
Certified Heritage Vineyard Wines 2018 Piekenierskloof Heidedal Cinsault

Darling District including wards

Chenin Blanc 2019 Ormonde Chip off the Old Block Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Ormonde Chip off the Old Block Sauvignon Blanc
Cabernet Franc 2015 Ondine Cabernet Franc
Malbec 2018 Ondine Malbec
Grenache 2017 Ondine Grenache

Elgin District

Chardonnay 2018 Villion Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Boschendal The Appellation Series Sauvignon Blanc
Weisser Riesling 2019 Vrede en Lust Early Mist Riesling
Cabernet Franc 2017 Vrede en Lust Cabernet Franc
Pinot Noir 2018 Old Road Wine Co Elgin Pinot Noir

Franschhoek/Franschhoek Valley District

Cultivar Blend 2017 Glenwood Duc Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay 2019 La Couronne Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc 2018 Old Road Wine Co Stone Trail Chenin Blanc
Sémillon 2017 Old Road Wine Co Grand Mere Sémillon
Viognier 2019 Lynx The Viognier
NLH 2017 Glenwood Duc Noblesse Sémillon
Rosé/Blanc de Noir 2020 La Couronne Merlot Rosé
MCC NV Môreson Solitaire Chardonnay
Cabernet Franc 2019 Lynx Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec 2017 La Couronne Admirals Malbec
Merlot 2018 Dieu Donné Merlot
Shiraz 2017 Old Road Wine Co Pepper Wind Syrah
Grenache 2019 Lynx Grenache

Herbertsdale ward

Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Jakkalsvlei Sauvignon Blanc
Rosé/Blanc de Noir 2020 Jakkalsvlei Pinotage Rosé
Muscat 2020 Jakkalsvlei Red Muscadel

Lower Duivenhoks River District

Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Baleia Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir 2019 Baleia Pinot Noir

Lutzville Valley District

Chenin Blanc 2020 Lutzville Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Lutzville Sauvignon Blanc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Lutzville Francois Le Valliant Cabernet Sauvignon

Montagu Ward

Chenin Blanc 2020 Montagu Winery Chenin Blanc
Muscat NV Montagu Winery Muscat de Frontignan

Outeniqua Ward

Sauvignon Blanc 2019 De Krans Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc

Overberg District including wards

MCC 2016 Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs

Paarl District including wards

Chardonnay 2019 Vrede en Lust Marguerite Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc 2019 Le Belle Rebelle Solitude Chenin Blanc
Rosé/Blanc de Noir 2020 Vrede en Lust Jess
Red Blend 2016 Mitre's Edge Sholto
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot 2018 Le Bonheur Manor Meander Merlot
Petit Verdot 2018 Le Bonheur Petit Verdot Reserve

Robertson District including wards

Chardonnay 2020 Bon Courage Chardonnay Unwooded
Chenin Blanc 2020 McGregor Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Bonnievale River Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Colombard 2020 Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard
Viognier 2019 Kranskop Viognier
NLH 2018 Bon Courage NLH
Rosé/Blanc de Noir 2020 Bon Courage Lady of the House Pinotage Rosé
MCC 2012 Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve
Red Blend 2016 Rietvallei Estate Red
Cabernet Franc 2016 Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 De Wetshof Estate Naissance Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec 2018 Bushmanspad Estate Malbec
Merlot 2017 Bonnievale River Collection Merlot
Pinotage 2018 Bonnievale River Collection Pinotage
Shiraz 2018 Bon Courage Inkara Shiraz
Tannat 2018 Kranskop Tannat
Muscat 2019 Bon Courage White Muscadel

Stellenbosch District including wards

Cultivar Blend 2016 Lourensford Chrysalis White Blend
Chardonnay 2018 Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc 2019 Croydon Covenant Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Jordan Cold Fact Sauvignon Blanc
Roussanne 2019 Lourensford Kleipot Roussanne
Viognier 2019 Lourensford Limited Release Viognier
NLH 2014 Lourensford Sémillon Limited Release NLH
MCC 2015 Lourensford MCC Brut Blanc
Red Blend 2017 Kaapzicht Steytler Vision
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot 2018 Lanzerac Merlot
Pinotage 2017 Kaapzicht Pinotage
Shiraz 2017 Jordan The Prospector Syrah
Cinsaut 2019 Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut
Durif 2018 Lourensford Kleipotte Petite Sirah

Tulbagh District

Red Blend 2015 Waverley Hills SMV
Shiraz 2018 Waverley Hills Shiraz
Grenache 2018 Waverley Hills Grenache

Walker Bay District including wards

Cultivar Blend 2016 Springfontein Limestone Rocks Darkside of the Moon
Chardonnay 2018 La Vierge Apogée Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc 2016 Springfontein Single Vineyard Jil's Dune Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Villion Die Seerowers Sarel Seemonster Sauvignon Blanc
Sémillon 2018 Benguela Cove Catalina Sémillon
Rosé/Blanc de Noir 2020 Wildekrans Estate Rosé
Red Blend 2017 Wildekrans Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve
Cabernet Franc 2017 Benguela Cove Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Villion Cabernet Sauvigon
Malbec 2018 Benguela Cove Estate Malbec
Pinot Noir 2015 La Vierge Apogée Pinot Noir
Pinotage 2016 Springfontein Single Vineyard Jonathans Ridge Pinotage
Shiraz 2017 Wildekrans Shiraz Barrel Select Reserve Shiraz

Wellington District including wards

Chardonnay 2018 Linton Park Louis Fourie Wild Ferment Chardonnay
Roussanne 2020 Mischa Estate Range Roussanne
Red Blend 2016 Doolhof The Minotaur
Cabernet Franc 2019 Mischa Estate Range Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Signatures of Doolhof Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec 2018 Linton Park Estate Malbec
Merlot 2017 Linton Park Estate Merlot
Pinotage 2018 Signatures of Doolhof Single Vineyard Pinotage
Shiraz 2019 Mischa Estate Range Shiraz
Petite Sirah 2019 Mischa Estate Reserve Range Petite Sirah

Worcester District including wards

Cultivar Blend 2020 Stettyn Stone White Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc
Chenin Blanc 2020 Stettyn Family Vineyards Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Stettyn Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Rosé/Blanc de Noir 2020 Stettyn Family Vineyards Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Red Blend 2018 Stettyn The Guardian Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Conradie Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinotage 2018 Nuy Mastery Pinotage
Shiraz 2018 Nuy Mastery Shiraz
Muscat 2013 Nuy Wit Muskadel