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South Africa has vintage year at International Wine Challenge 2014 receiving 314 medals

South African wines score highly at International Wine Challenge 2014

  • 14 South African wines awarded Gold medals.
  • Nine South African whites receive Gold medals, including three 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.
  • South African Riesling created for Marks & Spencer also strikes Gold at competition.
  • South African wine makers demonstrated star quality at this year’s International Wine Challenge, with 314 wines being awarded the much-coveted medals. 14 South African wines picked up the top prize of a Gold medal, 97 won Silver medals, and 209 picked up a very respectable Bronze.
  • South African white wines performed very well, with nine receiving Gold medals. Three 2013 Sauvignon Blancs impressed the judges and were awarded the top prize. Vergelegen Premium Sauvingon Blanc 2013 by Vergelegen Wines Pty Ltd in the Stellenbosch region received Gold, as did Constantia Glen TWO 2013 by Constantia Glen. Durbanville based vineyard also struck Gold with its Mm Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2013.
  • Two 2012 Chardonnays wowed the IWC panel and received the top accolade. Sumaridge Estate Wine picked up Gold for its 2012 Chardonnay, as did the Glen Carlou Quartz Stone 2012 by Glen Carlou Vineyards.
  • UK premium supermarket Marks & Spencer also picked up Gold with its Marks & Spencer Paul Cluver Late Harvest Riesling 2012 grown in the Elgin region of the country.
  • Five South African reds were also awarded Gold medals. Two 2011 Shiraz received Gold; Saronsberg Shiras 2011 by Saronsberg Cellar, and La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier 2011 by La Motte struck Gold. The 2003 Morgenster by Morgenster Estate was the oldest South African wine to receive a Gold medal.
  • Klein Constantia Estate picked up the only South African Gold for a sweet wine with its Vin de Constance 2008.
  • This year the IWC hosted two separate tasting events for the first time, Tranche 1 in November 2013 and Tranche 2 in April 2014, to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers two different moments in the year to enter their wines.

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“South African wines wowed the judges at this year’s competition and it was wonderful to see such high standard across a variety of styles. These Gold medal winning wine makers have demonstrated their exquisite skill and mastery of their art. The red wines this year were particularly impressive, and I can’t wait to taste more next year.”

Charles continued:

“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”

“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.

Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com

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