The famous Nederburg winery, situated close to Paarl, put in a stellar performance at three prestigious wine competitions during the past two weeks.
Nederburg came away with three double gold and six gold medals at the Veritas Awards 2019, considered the “Oscars” of the South African wine industry and the country’s longest-running wine show (since 1991). Altogether 76 double gold and 198 gold medals were awarded at this competition.
Veritas double gold medals were earned by Nederburg for its Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Ingenuity Italian Red Blend 2007 and Private Bin Eminence Muscadel Noble Late Harvest 2009, while gold medals were awarded to Nederburg’s Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2009, Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Ingenuity Italian Red Blend 2009, Private Bin R121 Shiraz 2009, The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2018 and Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc (Wooded) 2018.
A week before, Nederburg achieved a platinum medal for The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2018 at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2019. It also earned a double gold medal for Heritage Heroes The Young Airhawk Sauvignon Blanc 2017, and a gold for Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2018, at this showcase, now it its 24th year and regarded as the largest drinks competition on the African continent.
Meanwhile, Nederburg was also on top form at the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2019, where it walked away with two gold medals, for The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2018 and Heritage Heroes The Motorcycle Marvel Rhône-style Blend 2016. This New World wine competition between Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA, involves the most influential wine judge from each of the six countries, who lists his/her top 100 wines covering 16 typical varietal classes. Michael Fridjhon, South Africa’s most highly regarded international wine judge and writer, once again represented the country.
Says Niël Groenewald, managing director of Nederburg: “We are thrilled to have earned recognition for our wines on such esteemed competition platforms. Medals were earned across our multi-tiered range of wines, encompassing white, red and dessert wines.
“But one of our most decorated wines, The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2018, continues to make us very proud with its consistently brilliant performance. Earlier this year, the same wine won the Old Mutual Trophy for Best Dessert Wine (Unfortified) at the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. It was also awarded a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London, last month.
“We are so excited about the ongoing achievements for this style of wine that’s become synonymous with Nederburg and has earned us considerable international and local kudos over the years.”
The winery broke new ground with this wine style in 1969 when Günter Brözel, Nederburg cellar-master from 1956 to 1989, made the first wine in South Africa with grapes affected by noble rot or botrytis cinerea, the fungus attacking grapes under a very specific set of climatic conditions to produce richly-scented, honeyed, complex wines of remarkable longevity.
Go to www.vinoteque.co.za to purchase from a wide variety of Nederburg’s award-winning wines, or visit your nearest fine wine outlet.