The National Wine Challenge Delight for our Carpe Diem Wines

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019
Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate
The National Wine Challenge, incorporating Top 100 SA Wines, the premier fine-wine-only wine competition in SA, launched the industry’s most credible and popular 2019 winning wines results at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Thursday, 9 May 2019.

After great success at the 2018 competition, where our Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Malbec 2016 received a spot in the Top 100 wines in South Africa as well as the Grand Cru award for best wine in class, we decided to enter all four of our Diemersfontein Carpe Diem wines this year and we are delighted that we did!

Our Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Malbec 2017 followed in the footsteps of the 2016 vintage by taking a top spot in the Top 100, a Double Platinum award as well as the Grand Cru first place award for best wine in class. This year though this loved Malbec wasn’t the only wine that was bestowed the honour of these awards, but our Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Viognier 2018 took home the exact same awards!

The other two wines in the Carpe Diem stable, the much loved Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage 2017 as well as the Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Chenin Blanc 2018, both walked away with very shiny double gold awards.

Francois Roode, our winemaker at the following to say about this incredible achievement: “This is truly a great achievement for our Malbec to receive Double platinum/Top 100 winning wine and Grand Cru first place. Malbec has always been a nice varietal in our Reserve range but has become very popular over the last couple of years.

Our viticulturist and his team’s hard work, the cellar team working long and late converting the beautiful grapes to great wines has paid off. Malbec is such an underdog that has raised to the top in South Africa and besides Pinotage a very exciting grape to work with and to make wine. The deep dark colour, black berries and undertones of herbs with a lingering palate and soft tannins makes it ideal to enjoy with your favourite food or with a special friend. Malbec has found its place and we will have to plant some Malbec in the future.”