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Rainbow Nation: Six South African wines awarded trophies at International Wine Challenge across multiple styles

EMBARGO 11:00 GMT 14/05/14

Six trophies awarded to South African wines

South Africa had an excellent year at the International Wine Challenge 2014, with six wines being awarded trophies at the competition. Impressing the judges across a variety of styles, trophies were awarded to South African Red, White and Sweet wines.

  • Two South African reds received trophies at the competition. The 2011 Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon by Guardian Peak received the South African Shiraz trophy, but the national trophy for Red wine went to Tulbagh based vineyard Saronsberg Cellar for its Saronsberg Shiraz 2011 which was awarded the South African Red trophy.
  • A pair of South African White wines were also awarded the top accolade. The MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2013 produced by Diermersdal Wine Estate received the South African Sauvignon Blanc trophy.
  • The South African White Trophy went to Constantia Glen for its Constantia Glen TWO 2013, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes.
  • The South African Sweet Chenin Blanc trophy went to the Nederburg Wine Masters Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2011 produced by Distell, based in the Stellenbosch region of the country. Klein Constantia Estate was awarded the South African Sweet trophy for its Vin de Constance 2008, a favourite of Napoleon Bonaparte as well as the IWC judging panel.
  • The Champion wines across Red, White, Sparkling, Fortified and Sweet will be announced at the International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner on Wednesday 16th July at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
  • Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com

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Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“These IWC trophies are a testament to the skill and expertise of the South African winemakers. South African wines have had a great year at the competition, and these examples are truly excellent. Winning an International Wine Challenge trophy will catapult these winemakers to a global audience and encourage more people to try South African wines.”

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“These IWC trophies are a testament to the skill and expertise of the South African winemakers. South African wines have had a great year at the competition, and these examples are truly excellent. Winning an International Wine Challenge trophy will catapult these winemakers to a global audience and encourage more people to try South African wines.”

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. Once wines have been awarded medals, those that receive the top medals are put re-judged to decide the trophy winners.

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