This year’s Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards saw a staggering 328 wines entered for the 2019 competition, with the results of these announced at a special awards ceremony on 1 August.
Judged by a panel of highly esteemed industry role players, , the Franschhoek Wine Valley excelled in the district winners category, scooping 16 awards handed out on the day. The Franschhoek Vignerons who excelled at this prestigious event were the following:
Top Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Red Blend
2016 Dieu Donné The Cross Collection Shiraz/Viognier
Top White Blend
2016 Glenwood Grand Duc Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Glenwood Grand Duc Syrah
Top Noble Late Harvest
2014 Glenwood Noblesse Grand Duc
2017 Glenwood Vigneron Selection Chardonnay
Top Pinot Noir
2016 Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir
2016 La Couronne Malbec
2019 La Couronne Merlot Rosé
2017 La Motte Syrah
2016 La Motte Syrah
2017 La Petite Ferme Merlot
2018 Lynx Wines Viognier
What makes this competition stand out from the rest is that not only does it honour the wines which truly reflect South Africa’s different wine growing areas, but all wines entered must be a certified Wine of Origin from a specific single vineyard, estate, ward or small district not divided into wards.
This year’s competition was chaired by Jeff Grier who was joined in the judging process by David Biggs, Narina Cloete, Sandile Mkhwanazi and Anton Swarts.