Ola Leepile, CEO Novare; Nicholas Husselman- Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Single Vineyard Wine; Christo Pienaar Chairman SA National Wine Show ; Elbert Burger - Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Estate and Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Producer; Kobie Viljoen - Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine; Derrick Roper, founder of Novare and Johnny Calitz and Stander Maass with the  Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Area 

Media Release Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards 2021

Wednesday 22 September 2021

SA’s numerous top terroirs yield foremost wines 

The national winners from all the cultivars and styles entered this year for the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, derive from 17 terrains across the Cape winelands – a clear sign that the country boasts numerous terroirs (wine terrains) whose soils and climate yield quality wines of different cultivars.

Only wines certified as single-vineyard wine, estate-produced wine, wine from a ward or district not divided into more than one ward, are judged.

The five trophies and certificates of the national winners were presented at a luncheon in Overture Restaurant of well-known chef Bertus Basson in Hidden Valley, on Wednesday 22 September. 

The cultivar in this year’s competition that performed particularly well as one eminently suitable to our winelands, is also the most prolifically planted in South Africa, namely Chenin Blanc. This is certainly good news for the industry and bodes well for this grape’s future.

The trophy for the overall top wine was this year awarded for the third time. From almost 300 entries, the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine went to Villion Henning Chenin Blanc 2020, a Certified Heritage Vineyard wine of origin from the Bot River Ward in Walker Bay.

Moreover, the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Single-vineyard wine was also awarded to a Chenin Blanc, from Stellenbosch – the Koelenhof Stellenbosch 1679 Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2019. A single-vineyard wine is the best example of a terroir-driven wine and forms an important part of the SA Terroir Wine Awards. 

Chenin Blanc is one of the five cultivar wines that received the most entries, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Novare Trophy for the SA Terroir Top Wine Estate and SA Terroir Top Producer, were both awarded to Rietvallei Estate in Robertson.  Rietvallei this year bagged the national winners of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, as well as five winners of all the terroir wines from the Robertson District, namely Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Muscadel, Sauvignon Blanc and Red Blend.

The annual Novare Trophy or Top Terroir Area is awarded on the basis of a specific soil and climate terrain yielding the most awarded wines. This sought-after trophy was awarded for the second time to the Simonsberg-Paarl-Ward in Paarl, thanks to the wine entries from Anura, Glen Carlou, Mitre’s Edge, Mt Vernon and Plaisir de Merle. 

The complete list of national winners at the 2021 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards is: Ondine Cabernet Franc 2015, Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2018, Villion Henning Chenin Blanc 2020 (top Heritage Vineyard Wine), De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2020, Rietvallei Chenin Blanc 2020, Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut 2020, Bon Courage André’s Fame Colombard 2021, Neethlingshof Gewürztraminer 2020, Lynx Grenache 2019, Benguela Cove Malbec 2019, Benguela Cove Joie de Vivre Brut 2017, Lanzerac Merlot 2019, Bon Courage Edellaatoes 2018, Le Bonheur Petit Verdot Reserve 2019, Mischa Reserve Petite Sirah 2020, Old Road Wine Elgin Pinot Noir 2019, Groot Constantia Pinotage 2019, Saronsberg Full Circle 2019 (red blend), Nuy Rooi Muskadel 2010, Nitida Riesling 2020, Stettyn Family Vineyards Rosé 2021, Mischa Roussanne 2021, Anura Signature Sangiovese 2016, Rietvallei Estéanna Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Old Road Grand Mère Sémillon 2018, Saronsberg Shiraz 2019, Villa Esposto Straw Wine 2019, Piekenierskloof Tannat 2020, Baleia Tempranillo 2019, Deetlefs Signature Viognier 2019 and Nitida Coronata Integration 2018 (white blend). 

In addition to the trophies and national winner wines, the top wines in the different areas are also named. The full results are available on the website www.terroirwineawards.co.za.

The selected panel of judges comprises Jeff Grier (chairperson), Elunda Basson, Samantha De Morney, Carl Schultz and Anton Swarts.

The CEO of Novare, Ola Leepile, said, “We are extremely proud to be in partnership with The SA National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) to continue our sponsorship and hosting the 15th annual Terroir Wine Awards. In line with Novare’s philosophy of striving for excellence, the awards acknowledge and recognise exceptional quality, emphasising the best wine within its area, region or origin. The growth in number of new vineyards entering the competition each year demonstrates the importance of this accolade within the wine industry, where leading wineries can compete against each other and be part of this particular platform to showcase their outstanding wines.” 

According to the chairperson of SANWSA, which organises the Wine Awards, Christo Pienaar, “South Africa is one of the few wine countries worldwide with a demarcation committee of a wine and spirit board that analyses terrains and identifies them as individualistic. Wines of specific origin can be certified and stated as such on the label. This facilitates the amazing discovery of all the characterful wines with good structure created throughout our winelands. The soil and climate are fully utilised by the viticulturists”.

At the 16th annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards’ judging, SANWSA’s protocol list for safe judging, was fully implemented,  which includes the following arrangements: An online form for screening to be completed by everyone; a fully sterilised ozone-treated judging hall; temperature-checking and hand sanitation on arrival; compulsory face-masks and judges maintaining a safe distance of 2 m; clean glasses for each round of wines and all glasses and coffee mugs cleansed in an automatic washer at 80°C. 

2021 Novare SA Terroir Wine Award Winners

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Estate: Rietvallei Wine Estate

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Producer: Rietvallei Wine Estate

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Single Vineyard Wine:   2019 Koelenhof Stellenbosch 1679 Bush Vine Chenin Blanc

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Area: Simonsberg-Paarl

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine: 2020 Villion Henning Chenin Blanc 

2021 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards National Winners

Class Name Year Description
Cabernet Franc 2015 Ondine Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon
Cap Classique 2017 Benguela Cove Joie de Vivre Brut
Cape Style Port 2018 De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve
Certified Heritage Vineyard Wines 2020 Villion Henning Chenin Blanc
Chardonnay 2020 De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc 2020 Rietvallei Chenin Blanc
Cinsaut 2020 Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut
Colombar 2021 Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard
Gewürztraminer 2020 Neethlingshof Estate Gewürztraminer
Grenache 2019 Lynx Grenache
Malbec 2019 Benguela Cove Estate Malbec
Merlot 2019 Lanzerac Merlot
Muscadel 2010 Nuy Rooi Muskadel
NLH 2018 Bon Courage NLH
Petit Verdot 2019 Le Bonheur Petit Verdot Reserve
Petite Sirah 2020 Mischa Reserve Petite Sirah
Pinot Noir 2019 Old Road Wine Co. Elgin Pinot Noir
Pinotage 2019 Groot Constantia Pinotage
Red blend 2019 Saronsberg Full Circle
Riesling 2020 Nitida Riesling
Rosé 2021 Stettyn Family Vineyards Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Roussanne 2021 Mischa Estate Roussanne
Sangiovese 2016 Anura Signature Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Rietvallei Estéanna Sauvignon Blanc
Sémillon 2018 Old Road Wine Co. Grand Mère Sémillon
Shiraz 2019 Saronsberg Shiraz
Straw wine 2019 Villa Esposto Straw Wine
Tannat 2020 Piekenierskloof Tannat
Tempranillo 2019 Baleia Tempranillo
Viognier 2019 Deetlefs Signature Viognier
White Cultivar Blend 2018 Nitida Coronata Integration

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2021 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards – Area Winners

Breedekloof District including wards

Cap Classique 2015 Mariëtte Chardonnay Cap Classique
Chenin Blanc 2020 Daschbosch Mossiedrift Steen
Malbec 2019 Deetlefs Signature Malbec
Pinotage 2019 Flagstone Writers Block Pinotage
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Du Toitskloof Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc
Viognier 2019 Deetlefs Signature Viognier
White Blend 2019 Deetlefs Voyage

Calitzdorp District

Cape Port Style 2018 De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve
Muscadel 2015 Boplaas 1932 Block Hanepoot
Red blend 2018 De Krans Tritonia Red

Cape Agulhas District including wards

Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc
Shiraz 2018 Lomond Cats Tail Shiraz
White Blend 2018 Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon

Cape Town District including wards

Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon
Cap Classique 2019 Groot Phesantekraal Blanc de Blanc Cap Classique
Chardonnay 2019 Groot Constantia Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc 2021 Groot Phesantekraal Chenin Blanc
Merlot 2018 Groot Constantia Merlot
Muscadel 2017 Groot Constantia Grand Constance
Pinotage 2019 Groot Constantia Pinotage
Red blend 2018 Nitida Calligraphy
Riesling 2020 Nitida Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc  2020 D'Aria The Wild Thing Sauvignon Blanc
Shiraz 2018 Groot Constantia Shiraz
White Blend 2018 Nitida Coronata Integration

Ceres Plato District

Chardonnay  2020 De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay
Shiraz 2019 De Grendel Op die Berg Syrah

Citrusdalberg District

Certified Heritage Vineyard Wines 2019 Piekenierskloof Carel van Zyl Grenache
Cinsaut 2020 Piekenierskloof Cinsault
Grenache 2020 Piekenierskloof Grenache Noir
Shiraz 2020 Piekenierskloof Shiraz
Straw wine 2019 Villa Esposto Straw Wine
Tannat 2020 Piekenierskloof Tannat

Darling District including wards

Cabernet Franc 2015 Ondine Cabernet Franc
Chenin Blanc 2019 Ormonde Chip off the Old Block Chenin Blanc
Red blend 2019 Cloof Winemaker's Lynchpin
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Flagstone Free Run Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Shiraz 2018 Cloof Crucible Shiraz

Elgin District

Cabernet Franc 2017 Vrede en Lust Artisan Cabernet Franc
Chardonnay  2018 Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc  2019 Vrede en Lust Kogelberg Chenin Blanc
Pinot Noir 2019 Old Road Wine Co. Elgin Pinot Noir
Riesling 2020 Vrede en Lust Early Mist Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc  2020 Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Sauvignon Blanc
White Blend 2018 Vrede en Lust Barrique

Franschhoek/Franschhoek Valley District

Certified Heritage Vineyard Wines 2018 Rickety Bridge The Pilgrimage
Chardonnay  2020 Glenwood Vigneron's Selection Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc  2019 Old Road Wine Co. Stonerail Chenin Blanc
Grenache 2019 Lynx Grenache
Malbec 2018 La Couronne Franschhoek 1688 Malbec
Pinot Noir 2018 Haute Collection Pinot Noir 2018
Pinotage 2020 Allée Bleue Blue Owl Pinotage
Red blend 2016 Dieu Donné The Cross Collection Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon
Rosé 2020 Allée Bleue Shiraz Rosé
Sémillon 2018 Old Road Wine Co. Grand Mare Sémillon
Shiraz 2018 Allée Bleue Shiraz
Viognier 2020 Lynx Viognier
White Blend 2021 Glenwood Unoaked Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

Herbertsdale ward

Muscadel 2021 Jakkalsvlei Rooi Muskadel
Rosé 2021 Jakkalsvlei Pinotage Rosé

Lower Duivenhoks River District

Chardonnay  2019 Baleia Chardonnay
Pinot Noir 2020 Casa da Baleia Pinot Noir
Red blend 2020 Casa da Baleia Vinhos Rochas
Tempranillo 2019 Baleia Tempranillo

Lutzville Valley District

Pinotage 2018 Lutzville Classic Collection Pinotage
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Lutzville Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc

Montagu Ward

Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Montagu Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
Chenin Blanc 2021 Montagu Winery Chenin Blanc
Muscadel 2021 Montagu Winery White Muscadel
Red blend 2020 Montagu Winery Merlot/Ruby Cabernet

Outeniqua Ward

Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Boplaas Sauvignon Blanc Bobbejaansberg Family Reserve

Overberg District including wards

Pinotage 2019 Raka Pinotage
Shiraz 2018 Raka Biography Shiraz

Paarl District including wards

Cabernet Franc 2018 Mitre's Edge Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay  2020 Glen Carlou Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc  2020 Flagstone Paradigm Reserve Chenin Blanc
Malbec 2018 Mt Vernon Malbec
Merlot 2018 Plaisir de Merle Merlot
Red blend 2018 Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend
Sangiovese 2016 Anura Signature Sangiovese
Shiraz 2019 Glen Carlou Syrah

Robertson District including wards

Cabernet Franc 2016 Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Bon Courage Inkará Cabernet Sauvignon
Cap Classique 2017 Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs
Chardonnay 2021 De Wetshof Estate Limestone Hill
Chenin Blanc  2020 Rietvallei Chenin Blanc
Colombard 2021 Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard
Merlot 2020 Bonnievale The River Collection Merlot
Muscadel 2018 Rietvallei Muscadel
NLH 2018 Bon Courage NLH
Pinot Noir 2020 Kranskop Pinot Noir
Red blend 2016 Rietvallei Estate Red
Rosé 2021 Bon Courage Lady of the House Pinotage Rosé
Sauvignon Blanc  2020 Rietvallei Estéanna Sauvignon Blanc
Shiraz 2020 Bonnievale The River Collection Shiraz
Tannat 2019 Kranskop Tannat

Stellenbosch District including wards

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Alto Cabernet Sauvignon
Cap Classique 2010 Lourensford Extra Brut Cuveé 101
Cape Port Style 2015 Lourensford Kurkbos Port
Certified Heritage Vineyard Wines 2019 Koelenhof Stellenbosch 1679 Bush Vine Chenin Blanc
Chardonnay  2019 Bartinney Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc  2020 Kaapzicht The 1947 Chenin Blanc
Cinsaut 2020 Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut
Gewürztraminer 2020 Neethlingshof Estate Gewürztraminer
Merlot 2019 Lanzerac Merlot
NLH 2019 Neethlingshof Estate Maria NLH
Petit Verdot 2019 Le Bonheur Petit Verdot Reserve
Pinotage 2019 Kaapzicht Pinotage
Red blend 2018 Bellevue The Reserve Collection Tumara
Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Neethlingshof Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Shiraz 2018 Lanzerac Syrah
Viognier 2020 Lourensford Limited Release Viognier
White Blend 2017 Lourensford Chrysalis White

Tulbagh District

Red blend 2019 Saronsberg Full Circle
Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Saronsberg Sauvignon Blanc
Shiraz 2019 Saronsberg Shiraz
Viognier 2019 Saronsberg Viognier

Upper Langkloof Ward

Muscadel 2021 Jakkalsvlei Hanepoot

Walker Bay District including wards

Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Villion Cabernet Sauvignon
Certified Heritage Vineyard Wines 2020 Villion Henning Chenin Blanc
Chardonnay  2020 Benguela Cove Estate Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc 2020 Villion Jo Vabond Chenin Blanc
Malbec 2019 Benguela Cove Estate Malbec
Cap Classique 2017 Benguela Cove Joie de Vivre Brut
NLH 2020 Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc NLH
Pinot Noir 2016 La Vierge Apogée Pinot Noir
Pinotage 2017 Springfontein Terroir Selection Pinotage
Red blend 2017 Springfontein Limestone Rocks Whole Lotta Love
Sauvignon Blanc  2020 Benguela Cove Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Shiraz 2017 Springfontein Daredevils' Drums Bunches Broken

Wellington District including wards

Cabernet Franc 2020 Mischa Estate Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Mischa Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay  2017 Doolhof Morestond Chardonnay
Grenache 2020 Mischa Reserve Grenache
Malbec 2018 Signatures of Doolhof Single Vineyard Collection Malbec
Merlot 2018 Signatures of Doolhof Single Vineyard Collection Merlot
Petite Sirah 2020 Mischa Reserve Petite Sirah
Pinotage 2018 Signatures of Doolhof Single Vineyard Collection Pinotage
Red blend 2020 Mischa Reserve Cerno
Roussanne 2021 Mischa Estate Roussanne
Sémillon 2017 Hildenbrand Estate Barrel Fermented Semillon

Worcester District including wards

Chenin Blanc  2020 De Wet Cellar Leyland Steen
Merlot 2019 Stettyn Family Vineyards Merlot
Muscadel 2010 Nuy Rooi Muskadel
Pinotage 2018 Nuy Mastery Pinotage
Red blend 2018 Stettyn Family Vineyards Guardian
Rosé 2021 Stettyn Family Vineyards Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Shiraz 2019 Stettyn Family Vineyards Shiraz
White Blend 2021 Stettyn Family Vineyards Stone White