SA’s top wine estates celebrated
CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – LEGENDARY wine estates, Kanonkop, and Rijk’s Cellars, have created history by becoming the first producers to notch-up ten Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards each.
They have been awarded in Paarl, Western Cape.
The Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards is one of South Africa’s premier wine industry contests.
This year’s competition marked the 19th consecutive year of collaboration between Absa Bank, member of Barclays Africa Group, and the South African Pinotage Association in recognising wineries from throughout South Africa
for their interpretation of the country’s famous indigenous grape variety.
Kanonkop Pinotage 2012 and Rijk’s Reserve Pinotage 2011 won two of the Absa Top 10 trophies handed to the winning wines in the 2015 competition.
The wine regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Durbanville each delivered two of this year’s Absa Top 10 winners.
Neethlingshof joined Kanonkop with its Estate Pinotage 2014.
Altydgedacht Pinotage 2013 and Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2014 saw Durbanville staking a spot as a potent Pinotage region, while Paarl producers Windmeul and first-time winner Ayama won Absa Top 10 trophies
for the Windmeul Pinotage Reserve 2014 and Ayama Pinotage 2013 respectively.
Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine farm, secured a Top 10 for the Groot Constantia Pinotage 2013.
Worcester-based Overhex International’s Survivor Pinotage 2014 secured a trophy in its first Absa Top 10 outing, while Flagstone’s Writer’s Block Pinotage 2013 had the last word in this year’s event.
Craig Bond, Chief Executive of Retail and Business Banking at Barclays Africa, congratulate the participants and winners in this year’s Pinotage Top 10 competition.
“At Absa and Barclays Africa we are proud of our partnership with the Pinotage Association, now in its 19th consecutive year, as we continue to promote uniquely South African wines made from Pinotage grapes,” he said.
He said continued involvement with and support of this competition is driven by our confidence in the new generation of South African winemakers.
Beyers Truter, chairman of the Pinotage Association, said that two features stood out from this year’s competition: the milestones reached by Kanonkop and Rijk’s and the performance of wines made from the 2014 vintage.
“When the Pinotage Association founded the Absa Top 10 Competition in 1997, we had a vision of not only honouring Pinotage wines but also to create legends.
“By winning Top 10 awards ten times, Kanonkop and Rijk’s have now undoubtedly established themselves not only as legendary producers of Pinotages, but icons in the South African wine industry too,” said Truter.
– CAJ News
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