Breedekloof Wine Valley collects 36 medals between its 13 wineries

Friday, 6 October, 2017
Breedekloof Wine Valley
Valley does its reputation as SA’s most generous wine route proud

The Breedekloof Wine Valley, rapidly becoming known for its wines that over-deliver on price, earning it the reputation as ‘South Africa’s most generous wine route’, once again showed that it can comfortably claim this title, with no less than 36 medals awarded to its wineries at the recently concluded Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards.

Wines entered into this much-acclaimed competition are judged by a panel of esteemed local and international judges, who taste the wines blind and adjudicate according to the international 100-point system. A highly competitive awards system, this competition receives close to 2000 entries yearly, with wines only awarded a medal if they fall within the top-scoring one-third of entries received.

This year, the top performing winery from the valley is undoubtedly Bergsig Estate, with a praiseworthy six medals awarded to wines from its portfolio. This winery also received the highest scoring wine from the Breedekloof Wine Valley for its Bersig Icarus White Blend 2016. This floral white blend – a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and dollop of Riesling – received an impressed nod from judges, earning it a Platinum Award.

Bergsig completed its tally of awards with Double Golds for its Bergsig Estate Chenin Blanc Reserve 2016 and for its Bergsig Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 respectively. Proving that this winery’s flagship is made consistently well, Gold Medals were awarded to both the Bergsig Icarus Red Blend 2012 and 2014 vintages. Bergsig also received a Gold Medal for its Bergsig Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.

Bergsig Estate belongs to the Lategan Family, and has been in the same family hands for more than 170 years. In keeping with the Valley’s reputation, Bergsig Estate’s objective is to “make wines that don’t cost the earth” – at only R180 for this winery’s award-winning Icarus blends, it is a goal that is undoubtedly achieved. Says De Wet Lategan, winemaker and owner at Bergsig Estate: “Our Icarus wines are made in a vibrant and distinct style, and like the ancient mythical creature the names refers to, I would like to think that it is a wine that lifts one’s spirit, and one that will leave a lasting impression on whoever consumes it.” 

The Breedekloof Wine Valley further boasts with seven additional Double Gold Medal winners from the region: Botha Kelder Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2015, Du Toitskloof Selected Vineyard Dimension Red 2012, Du Toitskloof Cape Ruby 2010, Merwida Chardonnay 2016, Stofberg Family Vineyards Mariëtte Chenin Blanc 2015 and Daschbosch Steen 2016.

Recognising the craft movement that is taking place along the Old N1 in the valley, a Double Gold Medal went to Stofberg Family Vineyards’ Old N1 Distillery Fijnbos Field Gin, made in limited quantities by award-winning winemaker Mariëtte Stofberg.

Comments Melody Botha, CEO of Breedekloof Wine Valley Tourism: “This year’s Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards show a spread of medals across various varieties, wine styles and even a craft gin. We are happy that the Valley’s diversity is celebrated as this shows that whatever your preference there is a generous wine with an award on it waiting for you in our valley!”

For full results refer to attached spreadsheet:

Platinum

 

 

Bergsig Estate

Bergsig Icarus White Blend

2016


Double Gold

   

Bergsig Estate

Bergsig Estate Chenin Blanc Reserve

2016

Bergsig Estate

Bergsig Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

2013

Botha Kelder

Botha Kelder Chardonnay Barrel Fermented

2015

Du Toitskloof Winery

Du Toitskloof Selected Vineyard Dimension Red 

2012

Du Toitskloof Winery

Du Toitskloof Cape Ruby 

2010

Merwida Wingerde

Merwida Chardonnay

2016

Stofberg Family Vineyards

Mariette Chenin Blanc 

2015

Stofberg Family Vineyards

Old N1 Distillery Fijnbos Field Gin 

NA

uniWines

Daschbosch Steen

 2016


Gold Medals

 

 

Badsberg Wine Cellar

Badsberg Badslese

2012

Badsberg Wine Cellar

Badsberg Cape Vintage

2013

Badsberg Wine Cellar

Badsberg Chenin Blanc

2017

Badsberg Wine Cellar

Badsberg Vin Doux

2015

Bergsig Estate

Bergsig Icarus Red Blend

2012

Bergsig Estate

Bergsig Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2012

Bergsig Estate

Bergsig Estate Icarus Red Blend

2014

Botha Kelder

Shiraz Reserve

2014

Du Toitskloof Wines

Du Toitskloof Quest MCC Sparkling Chardonnay

NV

Du Toitskloof Wines

Selected Vineyard Pinotage

2016

Du Toitskloof Wines

Red Muscadel

2015

Du Toitskloof Wines

Du Toitskloof Land’s End Syrah

2015

Goudini

Goudini Shiraz

2015

Jason’s Hill Private Cellar

Jason’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Merwida Wingerde

Merwida Barbera

2015

Merwida Wingerde

Family Vintners Chenin Blanc

2016

Opstal Estate

Blush Syrah Viognier

2017

Stofberg Family Vineyards

Mariette Chardonnay MCC

2013

uniWines

Meander Chenin Blanc

2017


Silver Medals

 

 

Badsberg Wine Cellar

Badsberg Chardonnay Sur Lie

2015

Badsberg Wine Cellar

Badsberg Hanepoot

NV

Deetlefs Wine Estate

Deetlefs Voyage 3566.1 White Blend

2016

Goudini

Goudini Brut Sparkling Wine

NV

Goudini

Goudini Merlot

2016

Jason’s Hill Private Cellar

Jason’s Hil Izak Reserve Red Blend

2013

Merwida Wingerde

Merwida Sauvignon Blanc

2017

 

 

 

Bergsig Icarus
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