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2 August 2019  -  SA Terroir Wine Awards

The star of this year’s 14th annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards was Bon Courage Estate in Robertson, with three national winners, namely for the top Colombard, Cap Classique sparkling wine (MCC) and Rosé.

The results were announced during an awards lunch at Anura Vineyards in Klapmuts. Bon Courage excelled among a record number of 328 entries. At this prestigious event, the Cape Winelands’ numerous first rate wine areas are showcased and only wines certified as single-vineyard wines, estate-produced, or wines from a ward or district not divided into more than one ward, may participate.

Bon Courage Estate’s specific winners were Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard 2019, Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blanc Cap Classique 2011 and Bon Courage Lady of the House Pinotage Rosé 2019. Several other wines from Bon Courage – situated in the Goedemoed Ward in Robertson – also scored top points, resulting in this estate being awarded both the Novare Trophies for Top Wine Estate and for Top Terroir Producer.

Its three national winners and two other national winners entered by cellars in the neighbouring Klaasvoogds ward – die Kranskop Tannat 2017 and Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2014 – resulted in the Klaasvoogds-,Goedemoed- and Goudmyn  wine areas in the Robertson District winning the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Area.

For the first time ever, the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine was awarded and the winner is from the Nuy ward outside Worcester. Nuy Wine Cellar entered two national winners, the Nuy Mastery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 and Nuy Wit Muskadel 2006. Their Cabernet Sauvignon was named the top wine from all entries and thereby clinched this new trophy.

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Front:  Newald Marais from Kranskop with the Area Trophy for Robertson (Klaasvoogds/Goedemoed/Goudmyn wards); Paul Burger from Nuy Winery with the Top Wine Trophy (Nuy Mastery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016); Gielie Beukes from Doolhof with the Top Single Vineyard Wine Trophy (Doolhof Riviersteen Chenin Blanc 2017) and Jacques Bruwer from Bon Courage with the Top Estate Trophy
Back: Christo Pienaar, Cellar master of Nuy; Ola Leepile, CEO of Novare Holdings; Philip Viljoen from Bon Courage with the Top Producer Trophy and Derrick Roper, Founder of Novare Holdings


Doolhof Estate in Wellington also entered two national winners, for the Chenin Blanc and Merlot categories, namely the Doolhof Riviersteen Chenin Blanc 2017 and Doolhof Signature Single Vineyard Merlot 2017. The Riviersteen Chenin Blanc 2017 received the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Single-vineyard Wine.

Another two wineries achieved two national winners, Ormonde in Darling and  Neethlingshof Estate in Stellenbosch. Ormonde’s two national winners are the Ondine Grenache 2016 and Ormonde Chip of the Old Block Shiraz 2015. Neethlingshof’s two national winners are the Neethlingshof Gewürztraminer 2019 and Neethlingshof The Short Story Collection The Maria Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2017.

The rest of the National Winners are Anura Petit Verdot Reserve 2013, Baleia Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Bartinney Chardonnay 2017, Boplaas Cape Vintage 2013, Bushmanspad Estate Malbec 2017, Creation The Art of Pinot Noir 2017, De Krans Touriga Nacional 2017, Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon 2017 (white blend), Ghost Corner Sémillon 2017, Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut 2018, Lourensford Limited Release Viognier 2018, Mischa Estate Roussanne 2018, Nitida Riesling 2018, Slanghoek Vinay Natural Sweet Vin Rosé N/V, The Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend 2017 and Wildekrans Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve 2016.

The Top Area winner at the Novare SA Terroir competition was three of Robertsons’ wards – Klaasvoogds, Goedemoed and Goudmyn – with wynmakers Philip Viljoen and Jacques Bruwer (Bon Courage), Newald Marais (Kranskop) and Kobus Burger (Rietvallei)

The panel of esteemed judges comprised Jeff Grier (chairperson), David Biggs, Narina Cloete, Sandile Mkhwanazi and Anton Swarts.

The Novare group has been the sole sponsor of the prestigious Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards since 2006. According to Derrick Roper, CEO and co-founder of Novare, the company is proud to be associated with the Novare SA Terrroir Wine Awards as one of the most unique wine competitions in the world.

Terroir, from the French for terre, meaning “land” is a buzzword in wine circles, possibly often without full comprehension of the concept. Terroir is the basis by which the elements like soil and altitude come together to result in the radically different tastes and characters of wines grown in the same area or region. South Africa can be proud of the wine we produce and top quality terroir we deliver,” said Roper.

The chairperson of the SA National Wine Show Association, Christo Pienaar, said, “We are very excited about this first year in which we presented the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards and are elated that the entries grew by 25% over last year. Together with Novare we were able to take our first international steps for SA Terroir to present a very successful wine tasting of the national winners in June in Mauritius. The planning to repeat this exercise next year is well under way. Thereby the Terroir competition provides good opportunities for the marketing of our sought-after South African wines on the nearby islands.

Front: Berinda Basson (Ormonde), Henriette Jansen (Nitida), Paul Burger & Christo Pienaar (Nuy), Tilana Schwartz (Doolhof), Annemi Nel (De Krans), Elaine Conradie (Slanghoek)
Middle: Newald Marais (Kranskop), Stander Maass (Anura), Danie Steytler (Kaapzicht), Alex Nel (Cederberg Cellars), Braam Gericke (Wildekrans), Kobus Burger (Rietvallei), Ronel Wiid (Bartinney)
Back: Jacques Bruwer & Philip Viljoen (Bon Courage), Gerhard Swart (Flagstone), Hannes Nel (Lourensford), Philip Theron (Glen Carlou), Gielie Beukes (Doolhof), Jacobus van Zyl (Neethlingshof)
Absent: Baleia and Creation

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In addition to the National Winners and the Novare trophies, the top wines in the different areas are also named. The full results are available on the website www.terroirwineawards.co.za.
   

2019 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards Trophy Winners

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Estate:                       Bon Courage

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Producer:                            Bon Courage

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Single-vineyard wine:       Doolhof Riviersteen Chenin 2017

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Area:                                    Robertson: Klaasvoogds/Goedemoed/Goudmyn

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine:                                   Nuy Mastery Cabernet  Sauvignon 2016


2019 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards National Winners

Petit Verdot:                          Anura Petit Verdot Reserve 2013

Sauvignon Blanc:                  Baleia Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Chardonnay:                         Bartinney Chardonnay 2017

Colombard:                           Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard 2019

MCC:                                       Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blanc Cap Classique 2011

Rosé:                                       Bon Courage Lady of the House Pinotage Rosé 2019

Port:                                        Boplaas Cape Vintage 2013

Malbec:                                  Bushmanspad Estate Malbec 2017

Pinot Noir:                             Creation The Art of Pinot Noir 2017

Touriga Nacional:                De Krans Touriga Nacional 2017

Chenin Blanc:                       Doolhof Riviersteen Chenin Blanc 2017

Merlot:                                   Doolhof Signature Single Vineyard Collection Merlot 2017

White Blend:                         Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon 2017

Sémillon:                               Ghost Corner Sémillon 2017

Cinsaut:                                 Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut 2018

Tannat:                                  Kranskop Tannat 2017

Viognier:                                Lourensford Limited Release Viognier 2018

Roussanne:                          Mischa Estate Roussanne 2018

Gewurztraminer:                 Neethlingshof Estate Gewürztraminer 2019

Noble Late Harvest:            Neethlingshof The Short Story Collection The Maria Weisser Riesling 2017

Riesling:                                Nitida Riesling 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon:          Nuy Mastery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Muscadel:                              Nuy Wit Muskadel 2006

Grenache:                             Ondine Grenache 2016

Shiraz:                                   Ormonde Single Vineyard Chip off the Old Block Shiraz 2015

Cabernet Franc:                   Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2014

Natural Sweet Wine:           Slanghoek Vinay Vin Rosé N/V

Red Blend:                            The Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend 2017

Pinotage:                               Wildekrans Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve 2016

 

For more information contact the organisers on Tel 021 863 1599, e-mail info@terroirwineawards.co.za.

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Below are the full results in each District/area:

2019 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards Area Winners

Breedekloof District including wards

Top Red Blend

2017

Deetlefs Familie Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Pinotage/Petit Verdot

Top Sémillon

2018

Deetlefs Familie Sémillon

Top Malbec

2015

Deetlefs Signature Malbec

Top White Blend

2018

Deetlefs Voyage 3566.1

Top Pinotage

2017

Flagstone Writer's Block Pinotage

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

Mariëtte Cabernet Sauvignon

Top Chenin Blanc

2017

Mariëtte Chenin Blanc

Top Pinot Blanc

2018

Mariëtte Pinot Blanc

Top Shiraz

2015

Mariëtte Syrah

Top Muskadel

2017

Slanghoek Hanepoot Jerepigo

Top NLH

2016

Slanghoek NLH

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Slanghoek Private Selection Sauvignon Blanc

Top Natural Sweet

NV

Slanghoek Vinay Vin Rosé

 

Calitzdorp District

Top Port

2013

Boplaas Cape Vintage

Top Touriga Nacional

2017

De Krans Touriga Nacional

Top Red Blend

2016

De Krans Tritonia Calitzdorp Blend

     

Elim Ward

Top Red Blend

2017

Lomond Belladona SMV

Top Shiraz

2015

Lomond Cat's Tail Shiraz

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2017

Lomond Sugarbush Sauvignon Blanc

     

Cederberg Ward

 

 

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon

Top Chenin Blanc

2017

Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc

Top Shiraz

2017

Cederberg Shiraz

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Driehoek Ludic Sauvignon Blanc

Top Pinot Noir

2018

Driehoek Mieke Pinot Noir

     

Ceres Plato District

 

 

Top Chardonnay

2018

De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay

Top Shiraz

2015

Koelfontein Shiraz

     

Darling District including wards

Top White Blend

2018

Darling Cellars Lady Ann Darling

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2017

Fleur du Cap Series Priveé Sauvignon Blanc

Top Cabernet Franc

2014

Ondine Cabernet Franc

Top Grenache

2016

Ondine Grenache

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Ormonde Barrel Selected Cabernet Sauvignon

Top Chardonnay

2014

Ormonde Barrel Selected Chardonnay

Top Chenin Blanc

2017

Ormonde Single Vineyard Chip off the Old Block Chenin Blanc

Top Shiraz

2015

Ormonde Single Vineyard Chip off the Old Block Shiraz

Top Red Blend

2013

Ormonde Vernon Basson

     

Elgin District

Top Chardonnay

2017

Almenkerk Chardonnay

Top Shiraz

2015

Almenkerk Syrah

Top Merlot

2015

Elgin Vintners Merlot

Top Pinot Noir

2016

Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Shannon Elgin Sauvignon Blanc

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

South Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Top Red Blend

2015

South Hill Vineyards Kevin King Micah

Top Riesling

2018

Vrede en Lust Early Mist Riesling

Top White Blend

2018

Vrede en Lust White Mischief

     

Franschhoek/Franschhoek Valley District

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon

Top Red Blend

2016

Dieu Donné The Cross Collection Shiraz/Viognier

Top White Blend

2016

Glenwood Grand Duc Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

Top Shiraz

2016

Glenwood Grand Duc Syrah

Top NLH

2014

Glenwood Noblesse Grand Duc

Top Chardonnay

2017

Glenwood Vigneron Selection Chardonnay

Top Pinot

2016

Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir

Top Malbec

2016

La Couronne Malbec

Top Rosé

2019

La Couronne Merlot Rosé

Top Shiraz

2017

La Motte Syrah

Top Shiraz

2016

La Motte Syrah

Top Merlot

2017

La Petite Ferme Merlot

Top Viognier

2018

Lynx Wines Viognier

     

Kaap Agulhas District

Top Shiraz

2017

De Grendel Elim Shiraz

Top White Blend

2017

Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon

Top Pinot Noir

2017

Ghost Corner Pinot Noir

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc

Top Sémillon

2017

Ghost Corner Sémillon

     

Kaapstad District including wards

Top Malbec

2016

Bloemendal Waterlily Malbec

Top Shiraz

2017

D’Aria The Soprano Shiraz

Top Pinotage

2017

De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage

Top Port

2017

Groot Constantia Cape Ruby

Top Chardonnay

2018

Groot Constantia Chardonnay

Top Red Blend

2016

Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve Red

Top NLH

2016

Groot Constantia Grand Constance

Top MCC

2017

Groot Constantia MCC

Top Merlot

2017

Groot Constantia Merlot

Top Rosé

2018

Groot Constantia Rosé

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Meerendal Sauvignon Blanc

Top Natural Sweet

2018

Meerendal Sauvignon Blanc Natural Sweet

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

Nitida Cabernet Sauvignon

Top White Blend

2017

Nitida Coronata Integration

Top Pinot Noir

2017

Nitida Pinot Noir

Top Riesling

2018

Nitida Riesling

Top Sémillon

2018

Nitida Sémillon

     

Lower Duivenhoks River District

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Baleia Sauvignon Blanc

     

Montagu Ward

Top Chenin Blanc

2019

Montagu Winery Chenin Blanc

Top Red Blend

2018

Montagu Winery Merlot/Ruby Cabernet

Top Muskadel

2018

Montagu Winery White Muscadel

     

Outeniqua Ward

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2018

De Krans Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc

     

Paarl District including wards

Top Malbec

2017

Anura Malbec Reserve

Top Petit Verdot

2013

Anura Petit Verdot Reserve

Top Shiraz

2017

Babylonstoren Shiraz

Top MCC

2014

Babylonstoren Sprankel

Top Viognier

2018

Babylonstoren Viognier

Top Red Blend

2017

The Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon

Top Merlot

2018

Glen Carlou Merlot

Top Pinot Noir

2018

Glen Carlou Pinot Noir

Top Chardonnay

2018

Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay

Top Cabernet Franc

2017

Nelson Lisha Nelson Signature Cabernet Franc

     

Robertson District including wards

Top Colombard

2019

Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

Bon Courage Inkará Cabernet Sauvignon

Top Shiraz

2016

Bon Courage Inkará Shiraz

Top MCC

2011

Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blanc Cap Classique

Top Rosé

2019

Bon Courage Lady of the House Pinotage Rosé

Top NLH

2018

Bon Courage NLH

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Bon Courage The Gooseberry Bush Sauvignon Blanc

Top Muskadel

2018

Bon Courage White Muscadel

Top Malbec

2017

Bushmanspad Estate Malbec

Top Pinot Noir

2017

Kranskop Pinot Noir

Top Tannat

2017

Kranskop Tannat

Top Viognier

2018

Kranskop Viognier

Top Chardonnay

2018

McGrecor The Golden Shower

Top Chenin Blanc

2019

McGregor Chenin Blanc

Top Pinotage

2018

McGregor Pinotage

Top Red Blend

2017

McGregor The Falling Star

Top Cinsaut

2017

Rietvallei “Dark Cin” Cinsaut

Top Cabernet Franc

2014

Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc

     

Stellenbosch District including wards

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

2014

Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon

Top Chardonnay

2017

Bartinney Chardonnay

Top Shiraz

2015

Bartinney Montegray Vineyards Syrah

Top White Blend

2018

Jordan Chameleon Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay

Top Chenin Blanc

2018

Kaapzicht 1947 Chenin Blanc

Top Cinsaut

2018

Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut

Top Pinotage

2017

Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage

Top Red Blend

2017

Kaapzicht Steytler Vision

Top Merlot

2017

Lourensford Limited Release Merlot

Top Viognier

2018

Lourensford Limited Release Viognier

Top MCC

2014

Lourensford MCC Brut Blanc

Top Gewurztraminer

2019

Neethlingshof Estate Gewürztraminer

Top Malbec

2017

Neethlingshof Estate Malbec

Top NLH

2017

Neethlingshof Estate The Short Story Collection The Maria Noble Late Harvest

Top Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Neethlingshof Estate Sauvignon Blanc

     

Swartland District including wards

Top Chenin Blanc

2017

Perdeberg Endura Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc

     

Tulbagh District

Top Chardonnay

2018

Waverley Hills Chardonnay

Top Grenache

2017

Waverley Hills Grenache

Top Shiraz

2015

Waverley Hills CW Reserve Shiraz

Top Red Blend

2014

Waverley Hills SMV

     

Walker Bay District including wards

Top Pinot Noir

2017

Creation The Art of Pinot Noir