We know, it can be intimidating looking at a shelf full of wine, all with different stickers proudly placed on them. This is even more true if you are not a total wine buff; its tough to tell the difference between the stars, gold medals and trophies. We are here to help and set you on the right course when picking out your next bottle to show off.
Platters by Diners Club, is the ultimate honor bestowed upon the cream of the crop of South African wines. Their award ceremony is hosted in Cape Town in October and attracts over 200 guests from various producers and estates all over South Africa. These awards are rated in stars and awarded either 4, 4.5 or 5 stars. The Platter awards were established in conjunction with the annual top-selling wine guide. The guide was established in 1978 by John Platter and was followed by the awards, which was endorsed by Diners Club International.
We could recommend the Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc, 2015. A Platter 5 Star, you cannot find better value for money, coming in under R100.
Michelangelo Wine and Spirit Awards
These awards set themselves aside from other awards as it makes use of a unique, handpicked judging panel made up of a collection of international exclusive, accredited wine judges. This international expertise streamlines the process of using the international 100 point system in blind tastings. It sets these awards aside from the other awards in South Africa.
Michelangelo has, over the past decade introduced a number of trophy sponsors for specific categories. The introduction of new categories is driven by inquiries and suggestions from producers who would like to see certain areas be promoted and highlighted.
Of you are looking for a great Chardonnay which has taken away a Double Gold Award, look no further than the Perdeberg 2013 Dry Land Collection Chardonnay Viognier. Reasonably priced at R79.50, you will not be disappointed with this great wine.
The Decanter World Wine Awards are judged by international wine experts and the results provide a comprehensive list of wine recommendations. All wines are blind tasted by judges and thereafter, the gold medal wines are put forward to compete for platinum medals against others from the same region or style. The platinum winners will then go on to a special tasting to decide which wines should be awarded platinum ‘best in show’ status.
Under this category, we could highly recommend the Saronsberg 2014 Shiraz. Previous
vintages have taken home the Platter 5 Star and it has also made it onto the Top 12 Shiraz List, so you know this is a good one.
Novare South African Terroir Awards
This competition was created to define the various terroir types of the Cape and its basic concept is to reflect the top wines in the terroir in which they were produced. The awards ceremony is held in the middle of winter annually. Judging is performed by a panel of experts who have regular exposure to all of the wines in the districts. An initial blind tasting is done to test the quality, after which the entrants are ranked in the finals. The awards focuses specifically on wines that have distinctive characteristics created by soil and climate in a region.
If you love your Pinotage as much as we do, we could highly recommend the Groot Constantia 2014 Pinotage. This rich red fruit and berries profile is not to be missed and is yours for R185.
Started in 1991, the Veritas Awards recognizes the top wines and brandies in Southern Africa. More than 120 local and international judges gather annually in Cape Town to judge the entries that are made up of various vintages and styles. Wines and brandies are tasted blind by panels that consist of seven experts judging 10 wines/brandies at a time. Gold and Double Gold awards are of significant value to the wine industry as well, as it offers a prestigious image for the wine, winery and winemaker, brandy and brandy masters. More than 120 international and local judges gather every year during September in the Cape winelands to judge the entries that cover the full spectrum of different styles and vintages.
How about a MCC Brut in the winning categories? This Villiera 2008 Monro Brut is a rich, smooth MCC that walked away with a Double Gold.
Shiraz SA Challenge
In 2013, the first Shiraz Annual Challenge was launched to
recognize and reward the top Shiraz wines and producers in the land. The competition focused on determining twelve winners of Shiraz, and three of the winning blends. This is one of the only cultivar specific awards in South Africa and really sets itself aside from the other awards in the country.
From these Shiraz Awards comes Eagles Nest 2013 Shiraz. Coming in at R265 a bottle, this wine walks away with awards every year. It has a ripe berry and cherry nose with a peppery and spice palate.
Finding the Wine on Our Site
Ok, so you are on our site, faced with thousands of really great wines. How do you choose those wines have actually topped the charts in the awards arena? We have made it quite easy for you to navigate to the wines that have won the top awards in South Africa.
When you find yourself on our Home page and go the drop down listed “Wine”, the column listed on the right lists the various awards. Click on the award and it will lead you to a page that shows the wines that have won that particular award.
The left column on this page then allows you to filter the awards, for the Platter Awards for example, you can choose from the 4 Star awards to the 5 stars. By clicking on this, you are taken to the top recognized wines in South Africa.
So, visit us today and start filling your shelves with the top recognized wines in South Africa.