International accolades pour in for Rustenberg Estate

Thursday, 4 November, 2004
Peridot Communications
Rustenberg winery outside Stellenbosch is making international headlines this month with coverage in leading international journals, including Decanter Magazine and Harpers Wine and Spirit Weekly.

The leading UK wine magazine Decanter's World Wine Awards awarded the 2002 Brampton Shiraz-Viognier a gold medal and proclaimed it as the best of the gold amongst their regional trophies.

Decanter enlisted some of the world's most respected experts to head up the regional panels. Members were chosen for their specialist knowledge of a specified area and a thorough understanding of a regional style. The Decanter World Wine Awards aim to reflect regional styles, celebrate the diversity of wine, promote value for money and highlight quality.

The panel described the Brampton Shiraz as "Rich, super-ripe, plumy, juicy modern, perfect structure, fantastic." Simultaneously the 2003 Brampton Sauvignon Blanc received a silver medal.

According to winemaker Adi Badenhorst, this is an amazing accolade from such a prominent publication. "The 2002 Brampton Shiraz was our maiden vintage and we are delighted by the positive response the wine has received," mentions Badenhorst.

The wine and spirit weekly Harpers continued Rustenberg's accolades on the international front when the winery graced the front cover of their October issue. Their tasting panel described Rustenberg as having the best range with the 2003 Rustenberg Chardonnay, the 2002 Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay, the 2002 Rustenberg Peter Barlow and the 2002 John X Merriman being highlighted as "four of South Africa's very best." The 2004 Brampton Sauvignon Blanc also received a mention as "another leading light in this well-packaged range."

Issued on behalf of RUSTENBERG WINES

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