Wines from Chile and France led the field in the most prestigious category of the Decanter World Wine Awards, taking six and nine of the ‘platinum – best in show‘ medals. Out of nearly 16,000 wines tasted, only 31 reached the top-tier. The De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay flew the SA flag high, judged to be the best in class and correspondingly, best Chardonnay of all the entrants. A mammoth victory.
DeMorgenzon said in a statement: “To place the Decanter win in context: the DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015 was rated the best South African Chardonnay versus its local competitors but was then assessed versus the best of Australia‚ New Zealand‚ France‚ America‚ Argentina‚ Chile and all other wine producing nations – and beat them too”.
Winemaker Carl van der Merwe is no stranger to the podium – producing consistent, award winning wines vintage after vintage. Van der Merwe commented: “It’s remarkable because this is only the third commercial release of the Chardonnay Reserve from DeMorgenzon.”
The same wine also won a regional trophy for best Stellenbosch Chardonnay at the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC)‚ also judged in London by a worldwide team of wine experts in April.
The Cederberg Shiraz 2014 was another bright shining star in the SA lineup, walking away with a coveted Platinum award. The same wine has also been crowned as one of the Top 12 Shiraz winners in SA. This high altitude cellar in Clanwilliam is no stranger to the podium either.
Winning wines were judged blind by 240 of the world’s best palates, including 69 Masters of Wine and 26 Master Sommeliers, during one week at London’s Tobacco Dock. Platinum winners went forward to a special tasting at Decanter headquarters to decide best in show prizes.
For a selection of the cream of the crop representing the South African winners at the Decanter World Wine Awards, click here.