Breedekloof shines at Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards of South Africa 2016

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Breedekloof Wine Valley collects 43 top awards


Two trophies among tally of Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards

The Breedekloof Wine Valley, along with the Breedekloof Makers, a collaboration of like-minded winemakers from the picturesque Breedekloof Wine Valley, have received an added boost to their enthusiastic winemaking efforts following the announcement of the 20th annual Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards – a collection of 43 awards in total have made their way to this beautiful wine valley outside Cape Town.

Wines entered into the much acclaimed Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards competition are judged by a panel of esteemed local and international judges, who taste the wines blind and adjudicate according to the international 100-point system. A highly competitive awards system, this competition receives between 1700 and 1800 entries yearly, with wines only awarded a medal if they fall within the top-scoring one-third of entries received, and with only 15 Trophies awarded to wines of exceptional quality.

This year, two Trophies are making their way to the Breedekloof Valley:  the Garagiste Trophy was awarded to Stofberg Family Vineyards for its Mia Chenin Blanc 2016, and the Multi Color Corporation Dessert Wine Grand Prix Trophy to Badsberg Wine Cellar for its Badslese 2012.

Stofberg Family Vineyards is a third-generation wine farm, with wines crafted under the expert guidance of winemaker Mariëtte Coetzee (née Stofberg). She comments: “The Mia Chenin Blanc 2016 is a classic example of the exceptional Chenin Blanc that is produced in the Breedekloof Valley, and this particular wine is fresh and vibrant with a lovely, dusty pineapple finish”.

Badsberg Wine Cellar, is on a winning streak following its recent success at the SA Young Wine Awards, and, says cellar master Willie Burger, they couldn’t be more pleased with the reinforcement of the quality message that a Trophy from the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards brings: “The winemaking team is very proud that the Badslese, a Natural Sweet Wine, is following on the success of the 2015 vintage which received a Double Gold Award from this same competition. It is a delicious, finely balanced wine with ample botrytis character from quality Chenin Blanc, and a bit of Hanepoot.”  He adds: “We are also very happy to note that red wines from the Breedekloof Valley performed really well in this annual competition, proving that wineries here have access to diverse pockets of really great vines.”

Testament to the notion that the Breedekloof Valley is also home to some of the best Chenin Blanc sites, is the fact that this variety accounts for five of the Michelangelo Awards accrued during the 2016 competition: Grand D’Or Medals were awarded to Bergsig Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 and Daschbosch Steen 2015 with Silver awarded to Badsberg Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015, Bergsig Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 and Daschbosch Steen 2014.

These Chenin Blancs are all bottlings made by Breedekloof Makers, a collaborative initiative which was started by a group of fellow winemakers from the Valley who craft small, boutique productions of Chenin Blanc in limited volumes.

Comments Pieter Cronje, from uniWines Vineyards in Breedekloof and member of Breedekloof Makers: “We are very happy to see Chenin Blanc – and many other varieties for that matter – performing so well in this prestigious, internationally acclaimed wine competition, with so many awards made to a single, relatively small wine valley, it is safe to say that wines from the Breedekloof aren’t the best kept secrets in the wine industry any longer!”

Trophies

 

Garagiste Trophy: Stofberg Family Vineyards for Mia Chenin Blanc 2016
Multi Color Corporation Dessert Wine Grand Prix: Badsberg Wine Cellar for Badslese 2012

 

Platinum

Flagstone Writers Block Pinotage (origin Silkbush Mountain Vineyards) 2014

Grand’Or Medals

Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Cape Vintage 2009
Bergsig Estate Bergsig Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
Bergsig Estate Bergsig Cape LBV 2003
Deetlefs Wine Estate Deetlefs Estate Pinotage 2013
Du Toitskloof Wines Pinotage 2015
Du Toitskloof Wines Quest Heroes Journey 1 Red Blend 2011
Jason’s Hill Private Cellar Jason’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Merwida Vineyards Merwida Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Viognier 2016
uniWines Vineyards Meander Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2016
uniWines Vineyards Daschbosch Steen 2015

Gold Medals

Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Belladonna 2014
Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Red Muscadel 2003
Bergsig Estate Bergsig Icarus 2011
Botha Kelder Botha Kelder Late Bottled Vintage 2015
Botha Kelder Botha Kelder Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Brëeland Olifantsberg Shiraz 2011
Du Toitskloof Wines Red Muscadel 2014
Du Toitskloof Wines Hanepoot Jerepigo 2014
Goudini Sparkling Brut  NV
Goudini Merlot 2015
Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Slanghoek Slanghoek Vin Doux Sparkling Wine  NV
Slanghoek Slanghoek Private Selection Crème de Chenin 2014

Silver Medals

Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented 2015
Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Vin Doux 2015
Badsberg Wine Cellar Badsberg Red Jerepigo 2014
Bergsig Estate Bergsig Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
Bergsig Estate Bergsig Icarus 2012
Botha Kelder Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Brëeland Breeland Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Deetlefs Wine Estate Deetlefs Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Du Toitskloof Wines Merlot 2015
Du Toitskloof Wines Cape Ruby 2010
Jason’s Hill Private Cellar Jason’s Creek Classic Red 2015
Merwida Vineyards Merwida Barbera 2015
Slanghoek Slanghoek Red Muscadel 2016
Slanghoek Slanghoek Cape Ruby 2016
Stofberg Family Mia Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
uniWines Vineyards Daschbosch Steen 2014

 

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