KWV’s performance at internationally-acclaimed wine competition an important quality indicator

Tuesday, 3 October, 2017
KWV is celebrating another stellar performance at the recently concluded Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards

Paarl-based producer KWV, one of South Africa’s leading wine and spirit brands, was the recipient of 19 medals at the internationally acclaimed Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards – indisputably placing it among the top producers and distillers in the industry.

Illustrating KWV’s appeal to both local and international markets, the company secured commendation from the competition’s local and international judges across its various beverage categories.

KWV secured scores of 95 and more (according to globally accepted 100-point standards), for no less than eight of its products, which includes a Platinum Award for its Wild Africa Cream Liqueur.

KWV’s other liqueur brands, Ponchos Coffee Liqueur and Van der Hum, received a Double Gold and Gold respectively.

In the wine category, Double Gold medals were awarded to KWV Roodeberg Dr Charles Niehaus Red Blend 2014, KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny, KWV The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon Darling 2015, KWV Classic Collection Full Cream and KWV The Mentors Orchestra 2014.  Gold Medals were awarded to Laborie Chardonnay 2016, Laborie MCC Blanc de Blanc 2011, KWV The Mentors Orchestra 2013, KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot 2015 and KWV Classic Collection Cape Medium Cream.

With an illustrated global reputation for its top-quality brandy, KWV again secured recognition for its portfolio of spirits. A Double Gold medal was awarded to KWV’s Imoya 3 Year Brandy with Gold Medals awarded to its KWV 10-Year-old Brandy, KWV 12-Year-old Brandy and KWV 15-Year-old Brandy. A Silver Medal was awarded to KWV 20-Year-old Brandy.

KWV also received a Silver Medal for its hugely popular Cruxland Gin.

This year, the Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards celebrated its 21st year of continuous operation, and has grown into the “biggest southern African-based Wine & Spirits competition” in the number of entries received. Close to 2 000 wines, brandy and liqueur entries from both South African and International producers are submitted each year.

The key differentiator of the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, is that wines are judged by a panel of esteemed local and international judges, who taste the wines blind and rate the wines according to the internationally accepted 100-point system. Wines and spirits are only awarded a medal if they rank among the top-scoring third of wines entered – which makes KWV’s feat so much more remarkable.

Lorraine Immelman, founder and MD of the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards explains the significance of the awards as follows: “Ten years ago a Michelangelo bottle sticker as a seal of approval on (a) bottle was the main reason for a producer to enter (the competition). Since then the drinks business has become more competitive and more marketing-driven, and we at Michelangelo have a responsibility to offer our entrants opportunities to market and promote their brands.”

Commentating on KWV’s performance, Liandra Kotzé, Marketing Executive of KWV’s wine portfolio, said, “KWV has an established local and international reputation as a brand that houses some of the liquor industry’s most recognised brands. It is encouraging to note that this recognition is consistently backed by the company’s performance at competitions like the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, which continue to be very important quality indicators to KWV’s consumers in all markets.”

KWV’s full results in the Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards are listed below:


KWV - Wild Africa Cream Liqueur 

Double Gold: Spirits

KWV - Ponchos Coffee Liqueur

KWV - Imoya 3 Year Chenin Blanc / Colombard Brandy

Double Gold: Wine and Fortified

KWV - Roodeberg Dr Charles Niehaus Red Blend 2014

KWV - Classic Collection Cape Tawny

KWV - The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon Darling 2014

KWV - Classic Collection Full Cream

KWV - The Mentors Orchestra Bordeaux Blend 2014

Gold: Spirits

KWV - Van der Hum Liqueur 

KWV - 10 Year Brandy

KWV - 12 Year Brandy

KWV - 15 Year Brandy

Gold: Wine and Fortified

KWV - Laborie Chardonnay 2016

KWV - Laborie MCC Blanc de Blanc \2011

KWV - The Mentors Orchestra Red Blend 2013

KWV - The Mentors Petit Verdot 2015

KWV - Classic Collection Cape Medium Cream 


KWV - Cruxland Gin

KWV - 20 Year Brandy

KWV wine team
KWV wine team

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