Vondeling Babiana wins double gold at the 2012 Five Nations Wine Challenge

Friday, 16 November, 2012
Vondeling Wines
Vondeling Babiana 2009 wins double gold at the 2012 Five Nations Wine Challenge
The Five Nations Wine Challenge takes place between wines from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina and is the only wine show in the world where the wines are entered exclusively by invitation from the judges.

There are sixteen classes. Each judge selects seven or eight wines to represent his or her country in the competition. This year’s judges were Michael Fridjhon, representing South Africa, Huon Hooke, representing Australia, Bob Campbell MW, representing New Zealand, Eduardo Brethauer, representing Chile and Fabricio Portelli representing Argentina.

540 entries were judged blind (labels out of sight) over three days in Sydney, Australia. South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina won four each of the 16 trophies, Australia won three and Chile won one.

Vondeling Babiana 2009, is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc, that is fermented using wild yeast. It spends 11 months maturing in 500l French oak barrels. It is named for a rare species of fynbos, Babiana noctiflora, that releases its scent in the evenings and only occurs on the Paardeberg mountain.

For more information, visit www.vondelingwines.co.za