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Constantia Glen TWO 2016 strikes gold at International Wine Challenge

The Constantia Glen flagship white blend has yet again stepped into the limelight with the 2016 vintage bringing home a gold medal from the 2017 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London.

Full of praise for the Constantia Glen TWO 2016, the judges described this Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon blend as a “ripe style” with a “rounded mid-palate and fresh vibrant acidity with clean long length”.

Now in its 34th year, the IWC is accepted as one of the world’s most meticulously judged wine competitions. With over 15 000 entries from around the world this year, every wine is assessed blind and judged for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage.

The IWC gold medal, which equates to a score of 95/100, is the latest international accolade to take pride of place in the Constantia Glen hall of fame. The Constantia Glen TWO 2016 also hit the spot for James Molesworth of Wine Spectator in the USA, who gave it a 91 point rating earlier this year.

The blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon was matured on the lees for six months in French oak barrels. “This vintage of the Constantia Glen TWO shows incredible intensity, fruit concentration and depth, but remains poised and elegant,” said Winemaker Justin van Wyk.

The award-winning Constantia Glen TWO 2016 is available directly from the estate, as well as at fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops. It sells at the cellar door for R250 a bottle.

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KWV Classic Pinotage awarded the Chairman’s Trophy at Ultimate Wine Challenge

KWV was pleased to announce that its KWV Classic Pinotage 2015 was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy – the highest accolade – at the 2017 Ultimate Wine Challenge (UWC).  The UWC, a meticulously judged wine competition, assesses every wine blind, and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage.

“We are thrilled with the result as it demonstrates our unwavering commitment to quality and enjoyment for our consumer across our portfolio,” said Wim Truter, KWV Chief Winemaker. “From the parcel and barrel selection that takes place for our Mentors range to the focus on upfront fruit, drinkability and varietal expression that you will find with the Classic Collection. The Classic Collection Pinotage is one of my personal favourites because of the lovely red fruit and spice flavours coupled with quite delicate soft tannins.”

The UWC was held over the span of four weeks at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge evaluation center in New York, where thirteen of the world’s foremost wine experts – retail and restaurant buyers, journalists, authors and educators convened to evaluate more than 1,200 still, sparkling and fortified ciders, and sakes from around the world.


KWV Shines at the SA Shiraz Awards

KWV has once again flexed its wine-making skills, with two notable wins at the 2017 Shiraz SA Challenge. KWV’s Cathedral Cellar Shiraz 2015 was named a top 12 Shiraz, and KWV was acknowledged as one of the top 5 Producers of the past 5 years.

“We are extremely excited about this elegantly styled Shiraz in our portfolio. It is very rewarding seeing the fruits of our efforts pay off when they are put up against some of the best picks from all our terroirs of Shiraz across SA”, says Louwrits Louw, red winemaker at KWV.

Shiraz is a variety that can be found in all the wine regions across South Africa, and a cultivar that has shown remarkable growth over the past few years. South African shiraz has become a grape variety to take note of, with wines that can now compete with the best in the world.

The Shiraz SA Challenge, launched for the first time in 2013, is Shiraz SA’s annual competition to select winning Shiraz wines. A panel of judges evaluated the wines entered over a period of three days, and the results were announced at an award function, where the winners that made it into the final round were presented at a tasting.



The 2016 vintage of Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes, The Anchorman Chenin Blanc, has won a platinum medal at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London, for the best South African Chenin blanc priced at over £15. 

The judging panel of this prestigious international competition comprised specialist tasters from around the world, including Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers. Platinum medal wines are chosen from gold medal winners in a particular region and specific categories defined by wine style.

The Anchorman is a wooded Chenin blanc that commemorates Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart, who bought the farm in 1791 and planted Chenin blanc, amongst other varietals. 

White-wine maker, Natasha Boks, said it offers a “superb combination of freshness and complexity with ripe apricot, orange and floral characters laced with spice and minerality.”

“It is a most interesting and expressive wine that is a blend of very differently vinified components.  One portion of fruit was fermented in second- and third-fill 300-litre barrels. A second component was fermented in stainless-steel tanks, while a third was fermented in very old, large vats and the remainder involved a fermentation technique usually reserved for red wines.  Called carbonic maceration, whole bunches which are neither crushed nor pressed, are allowed to ferment spontaneously. The resultant wine tends to be light and fruity. This technique was chosen for the freshness it would impart to the wine. After fermentation, the various components were kept on the lees for 9 months prior to final blending and bottling.”

Nederburg also walked away with three Decanter gold medals, for the 2012 and 2013 vintages of its Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest, and the 2014 vintage of its Ingenuity White blend. Eminence is made for exclusive sale on the annual Nederburg Auction, while Ingenuity White 2014 and The Anchorman 2016 are available from the farm in Paarl, fine wine outlets such as Norman Goodfellows, top-rated restaurants and style bars, and online via 

Boks suggests serving Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes, The Anchorman 2016 with fish, poultry, veal, pasta and salads; Nederburg Ingenuity White 2014 with quail, duck, guinea fowl, rabbit, lamb, free-range chicken or top-grade beef, prepared with spice, fruit and citrus seasonings.

This wine’s abundant layering of flavours and refined structure render it an excellent wine to pair with food.

Eminence is best enjoyed with pâtés, terrines, tomato soup, cake, pastries, tarts, mature cheeses and desserts.

A 750ml bottle of Nederburg The Anchorman 2016 retails for around R150, and Nederburg Ingenuity White 2014 for approximately R220. 



Nederburg’s strength in the making of noble late harvest wines that offer remarkable maturation and collectability potential, has been affirmed at the 2017 Old Mutual Trophy Show. 

The 2009 vintage of the Paarl cellar’s famous Private Bin Edelkeur Noble Late Harvest scored a remarkable 96 points, earning it the trophy for best museum class unfortified dessert wine, as well as a gold medal.  The rating of 96 is one of the highest awarded at the show. The wine was also the top scorer in the overall museum class category. Museum class comprises white wines that are at least four years old, and all other wines at least eight years old. 

Meanwhile, Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest 2007 was awarded a gold medal, and 94 points in the museum and boutique classes. The boutique class includes wines that are considered non-dessert, non-fortified with a production volume of between 600 and 900 litres.

Silver medals went to Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2015 and Heritage Heroes The Brew Master 2014, a Bordeaux-style red blend.  

Nederburg’s Private Bin wines are made for exclusive sale at the annual Nederburg Auction, and not readily available for purchase.

Heritage Heroes The Brew Master 2014 retails for approximately R170 a bottle.