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2 October 2020  -  Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards

The results of the 15th annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards once again portray the Western Cape as a particularly versatile area with diverse and excellent terroir, which produces a variety of top quality wines. Altogether five trophies and 32 national winners were named.

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The trophy for the overall winning entry was awarded for the second time this year – at an exclusive function which fully complied with Covid-19 regulations – in the Overture Restaurant of Hidden Valley Wines, Stellenbosch. From the more than 240 entries representing diverse cultivars and wine styles, the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine was awarded to a four year-old Chenin Blanc from Stanford in Walker Bay, namely the Springfontein Jil’s Dune Chenin Blanc 2016 – created thanks to an extraordinary vintage year for Chenin Blanc in this area.

Lourensford, in Somerset-West, this year excelled with the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Estate. They also clinched the trophy for Top Single Vineyard Wine, with the Lourensford Limited Release Sémillon Noble Late Harvest 2014. This wine was also the National Winner in the Top Natural Sweet Wine category, while the Lourensford Limited Release Viognier 2019, was the national winner in the Viognier category.

The Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top Terroir Producer was awarded to Stettyn Wine Cellar near Villiersdorp. In addition to several of this cellar’s wines achieving excellent points, Stettyn Wine Cellar also produced the national winners of the White Blend and Rosé entries, respectively the Stettyn Stone White (Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc) 2020 and Stettyn Family Vineyards Rosé (Chardonnay/Pinot Noir) 2020.

NOVARE SA TERROIR WINE AWARDS: Top Wine
Christo Pienaar, Chairman SA National Wine Show, organiser of the competition, Tariro Masayiti, Springfontein Wine Estate, Stanford and Derrick Roper, Founder of Novare

Naming the winner of the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Area, is always challenging, because of the many wines that score good points and the size of the terrains involved. The Groenberg Ward in Wellington this year took this trophy, by achieving three national winners, the Mischa Rousanne 2020, Mischa Petit Sirah 2019 and Linton Park Estate Malbec 2018. Groenberg also brought in four area winners in the Wellington District. This year a national winner Certified Heritage Vineyard Wine was also chosen, the winner being Piekenierskloof Heidedal Cinsaut 2018 from Citrusdal.

The significant role of single vineyard wines in the Wine of Origin system was emphasised this year by the fact that seven single vineyard wines were named national winners. No other wine represents terroir more specifically than a single vineyard wine.

The other national winners of the various styles and cultivars are Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2004, Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2018,  Skuinsberg Cinsaut 2019, Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard 2020, Piekenierskloof Grenache Noir 2019, Villa Esposto Straw Wine 2017, Mariëtte Chardonnay MCC 2014, Lanzerac Merlot 2018, Nuy Wit Muskadel 2013, Mischa Estate Reserve Range 2019, Le Bonheur Petit Verdot Reserve 2018, Mariëtte Pinot Blanc 2019, Apogée Pinot Noir 2015, Flagstone Writer’s Block Pinotage 2018, Wildekrans Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve 2017 (Pinotage/Pinot Noir/Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon), Lutzville Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Benguela Cove Catalina Sémillon 2018, Old Road Wine Co Pepper Wind Syrah 2017,  Kranskop Tannat 2018, De Krans Tinta Roriz 2018, Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2019 and Vrede en Lust Early Mist Riesling 2019.

At the 15th annual judging for the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, the unique protocol list for safe Covid-19 measures of the SA National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) was implemented highly successfully and included the following: An on-line screening form to be completed by all judges and personnel; temperature-screening and hand-sanitation on arrival; compulsory face masks and maintaining a safe distance of 2 m between judges; clean glasses for each round of wines, and all glasses to be washed in a special machine at 80°C.

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

Said Derrick Roper, Founder and Director Novare Holdings, “While this year might be remembered mostly for Covid-19, it’s encouraging to know that among the turmoil, our esteemed winemakers stood the test once again in producing top quality wines.”

“The year 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of this prestigious event, showcasing these particular wines in expression and sense of place, their terroir.  In addition, Novare Holdings, sole sponsor of the awards since their inception, on this very day also celebrates its 20-year anniversary as one of South Africa’s leading independent financial services groups.

With a strong balance sheet, Novare is able to offer a wide variety of unique, well-researched investment options, including investment advice, asset management, investment consulting, alternative investments and private equity. Our partnership with the competition reinforces the value we as a company place on knowledge, innovation and performance.

“We are proud to be associated with the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards,” said Roper.

The chairperson of the SA National Wine Show Association, which presents the Awards, Christo Pienaar thanked Novare for their ongoing support of the competition over the past 15 years. “It’s an unbelievable privilege to have such a partner which saw the competition’s potential from the onset and has supported us to the full. We are looking forward to build out the competition in collaboration with Novare to be a showpiece element of our industry’s unique wine areas.”

At the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards only wines certified as single vineyard wine, estate-produced wine and wine from a ward or district not divided into more than one ward, are judged. In addition to National Winners and Novare trophies awarded, the best wines in die different areas are also named.

The full results are indicated below and will also be available on the website www.terroirwineawards.co.za.

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Photo Captions

Photo 1:
ALL THE NOVARE SA TERROIR TROPHY WINNERS: Derrick Roper, Founder of Novare, Tariro Masayiti, Springfontein Estate, (Top Wine), Xania van der Merwe (representing Groenberg ward, Wellington – Top area), Christo Pienaar, Chairman SA National Wine Show, organiser of the competition), Hannes Nel, Lourensford Estate ( Top Estate and Top Single Vineyard) and JM Crafford, Stettyn Family Vineyards (Top Producer)

Photo 2:
NOVARE SA TERROIR WINE AWARDS: Top Estate and Top Single Vineyard
Christo Pienaar, Chairman SA National Wine Show, organiser of the competition, Hannes Nel, Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West and Derrick Roper, Founder of Novare

Photo 3:
NOVARE SA TERROIR WINE AWARDS: Top Wine Area
Christo Pienaar, Chairman SA National Wine Show, organiser of the competition, Xania van der Merwe, representing Groenberg ward, Wellington and Derrick Roper, Founder of Novare

Photo 4: 
NOVARE SA TERROIR TROPHY TOP PRODUCER
Christo Pienaar, Chairman SA National Wine Show, organiser of the competition, JM Crafford, Stettyn Family Vineyards, Villiersdorp and Derrick Roper, Founder of Novare


2020 NOVARE TERROIR WINE AWARDS

Trophy Winners

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Estate:                   
Lourensford Wines

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Producer:                                        
Stettyn Wynkelder

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Single Vineyard Wine:
2014 Lourensford Sémillon Limited Release NLH

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Area:                                
Groenberg (Wellington)

Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine:                                                
2016 Springfontein Single Vineyard Jil’s Dune Chenin Blanc

 

2020 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards National Winners

Cabernet Franc

2019

Lynx Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon

Cape Port Style

2004

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve

Certified Heritage Vineyard Wines

2018

Piekenierskloof Heidedal Cinsault

Chardonnay

2018

Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

2016

Springfontein Single Vineyard Jil's Dune Chenin Blanc

Cinsaut

2019

Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut

Colombard

2020

Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard

Grenache Noir

2019

Piekenierskloof Grenache Noir

Hanepoot

2017

Villa Esposto Straw Wine

Malbec

2018

Linton Park Estate Malbec

MCC

2014

Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Chardonnay MCC

Merlot

2018

Lanzerac Merlot

Muskaat

2013

Nuy Wit Muskadel

NLH

2014

Lourensford Sémillon Limited Release NLH

Petite Sirah

2019

Mischa Estate Reserve Range Petite Sirah

Petit Verdot

2018

Le Bonheur Petit Verdot Reserve

Pinot Blanc

2019

Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Pinot Blanc

Pinot Noir

2015

La Vierge Apogée Pinot Noir

Pinotage

2018

Flagstone Writers Block Pinotage

Red Blend

2017

Wildekrans Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve

Rosé

2020

Stettyn Family Vineyards Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

Roussanne

2020

Mischa Estate Range Roussanne

Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Lutzville Sauvignon Blanc

Sémillon

2018

Benguela Cove Catalina Sémillon

Syrah

2017

Old Road Wine Co Pepper Wind Syrah

Tannat

2018

Kranskop Tannat

Tinta Roriz

2018

De Krans Tinta Roriz

Touriga Naçional

2019

Boplaas Touriga Naçional

Viognier

2019

Lourensford Limited Release Viognier

Weisser Riesling

2019

Vrede en Lust Early Mist Riesling

White Blend

2020

Stettyn Stone White Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards – Area Winners

Breedekloof District including wards

Chenin Blanc

2018

Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Chenin Blanc

Pinot Blanc

2019

Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Pinot Blanc

Sémillon

2019

Le Belle Rebelle A Bird in the Hand Sémillon

MCC

2014

Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Chardonnay MCC

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinotage

2018

Flagstone Writers Block Pinotage

Shiraz

2016

Le Belle Rebelle Mariëtte Syrah

Calitzdorp District

Tinta Roriz

2018

De Krans Tinta Roriz

Touriga Naçional

2019

Boplaas Touriga Naçional

Muscat

2015

Boplaas The Block 1932 Hanepoot

Cape Port Style

2004

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve

Cape Agulhas District including wards

Cultivar Blend

2018

Ghost Corner The Bowline Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon

Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc

Sémillon

2018

Ghost Corner Sémillon

Shiraz

2016

The Berrio Shiraz

 Cape Town District including wards

Cultivar Blend

2016

Bloemendal Kanonberg

Chenin Blanc

2020

Groot Phestantekraal Chenin Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Groot Phesantekraal Sauvignon Blanc

Rosé/Blanc de Noir

2020

Groot Phesantekraal Rosé

Red Blend

2018

Klein Roosboom My Way Barrel Selection

Cabernet Sauvignon

2018

Groot Phesantekraal Cabernet Sauvignon

Malbec

2017

Bloemendal Waterlily Malbec

Merlot

2017

Steenberg Merlot

Pinotage

2016

Meerendal Heritage Block Pinotage

 Cederberg Ward

Chenin Blanc

2018

Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Noir

2019

Driehoek Mieke Pinot Noir

Shiraz

2018

Driehoek Shiraz

Ceres Plato District

Shiraz

2017

Koelfontein Estate Shiraz

 Citrusdalberg District

Chenin Blanc

2019

Villa Esposto Chenin Blanc

Straw wine

2017

Villa Esposto Straw Wine

Grenache Noir

2019

Piekenierskloof Grenache Noir

Certified Heritage Vineyard Wines

2018

Piekenierskloof Heidedal Cinsault

Darling District including wards

Chenin Blanc

2019

Ormonde Chip off the Old Block Chenin Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Ormonde Chip off the Old Block Sauvignon Blanc

Cabernet Franc

2015

Ondine Cabernet Franc

Malbec

2018

Ondine Malbec

Grenache

2017

Ondine Grenache

Elgin District

Chardonnay

2018

Villion Chardonnay

Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Boschendal The Appellation Series Sauvignon Blanc

Weisser Riesling

2019

Vrede en Lust Early Mist Riesling

Cabernet Franc

2017

Vrede en Lust Cabernet Franc

Pinot Noir

2018

Old Road Wine Co Elgin Pinot Noir

Franschhoek/Franschhoek Valley District

Cultivar Blend

2017

Glenwood Duc Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

Chardonnay

2019

La Couronne Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

2018

Old Road Wine Co Stone Trail Chenin Blanc

Sémillon

2017

Old Road Wine Co Grand Mere Sémillon

Viognier

2019

Lynx The Viognier

NLH

2017

Glenwood Duc Noblesse Sémillon

Rosé/Blanc de Noir

2020

La Couronne Merlot Rosé

MCC

NV

Môreson Solitaire Chardonnay

Cabernet Franc

2019

Lynx Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon

2018

Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon

Malbec

2017

La Couronne Admirals Malbec

Merlot

2018

Dieu Donné Merlot

Shiraz

2017

Old Road Wine Co Pepper Wind Syrah

Grenache

2019

Lynx Grenache

Herbertsdale ward

Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Jakkalsvlei Sauvignon Blanc

Rosé/Blanc de Noir

2020

Jakkalsvlei Pinotage Rosé

Muscat

2020

Jakkalsvlei Red Muscadel

 Lower Duivenhoks River District

Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Baleia Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Noir

2019

Baleia Pinot Noir

Lutzville Valley District

Chenin Blanc

2020

Lutzville Chenin Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Lutzville Sauvignon Blanc

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Lutzville Francois Le Valliant Cabernet Sauvignon

Montagu Ward

Chenin Blanc

2020

Montagu Winery Chenin Blanc

Muscat

NV

Montagu Winery Muscat de Frontignan

Outeniqua Ward 

Sauvignon Blanc

2019

De Krans Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc

 Overberg District including wards

MCC

2016

Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs

 Paarl District including wards

Chardonnay

2019

Vrede en Lust Marguerite Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

2019

Le Belle Rebelle Solitude Chenin Blanc

Rosé/Blanc de Noir

2020

Vrede en Lust Jess

Red Blend

2016

Mitre's Edge Sholto

Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon

Merlot

2018

Le Bonheur Manor Meander Merlot

Petit Verdot

2018

Le Bonheur Petit Verdot Reserve

Robertson District including wards

Chardonnay

2020

Bon Courage Chardonnay Unwooded

Chenin Blanc

2020

McGregor Chenin Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Bonnievale River Collection Sauvignon Blanc

Colombard

2020

Bon Courage André's Fame Colombard

Viognier

2019

Kranskop Viognier

NLH

2018

Bon Courage NLH

Rosé/Blanc de Noir

2020

Bon Courage Lady of the House Pinotage Rosé

MCC

2012

Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve

Red Blend

2016

Rietvallei Estate Red

Cabernet Franc

2016

Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon

2018

De Wetshof Estate Naissance Cabernet Sauvignon

Malbec

2018

Bushmanspad Estate Malbec

Merlot

2017

Bonnievale River Collection Merlot

Pinotage

2018

Bonnievale River Collection Pinotage

Shiraz

2018

Bon Courage Inkara Shiraz

Tannat

2018

Kranskop Tannat

Muscat

2019

Bon Courage White Muscadel

Stellenbosch District including wards

Cultivar Blend

2016

Lourensford Chrysalis White Blend

Chardonnay

2018

Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

2019

Croydon Covenant Chenin Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Jordan Cold Fact Sauvignon Blanc

Roussanne

2019

Lourensford Kleipot Roussanne

Viognier

2019

Lourensford Limited Release Viognier

NLH

2014

Lourensford Sémillon Limited Release NLH

MCC

2015

Lourensford MCC Brut Blanc

Red Blend

2017

Kaapzicht Steytler Vision

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon

Merlot

2018

Lanzerac Merlot

Pinotage

2017

Kaapzicht Pinotage

Shiraz

2017

Jordan The Prospector Syrah

Cinsaut

2019

Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut

Durif

2018

Lourensford Kleipotte Petite Sirah

 Tulbagh District

Red Blend

2015

Waverley Hills SMV

Shiraz

2018

Waverley Hills Shiraz

Grenache

2018

Waverley Hills Grenache

 Walker Bay District including wards

Cultivar Blend

2016

Springfontein Limestone Rocks Darkside of the Moon

Chardonnay

2018

La Vierge Apogée Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

2016

Springfontein Single Vineyard Jil's Dune Chenin Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2019

Villion Die Seerowers Sarel Seemonster Sauvignon Blanc

Sémillon

2018

Benguela Cove Catalina Sémillon

Rosé/Blanc de Noir

2020

Wildekrans Estate Rosé

Red Blend

2017

Wildekrans Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve

Cabernet Franc

2017

Benguela Cove Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

Villion Cabernet Sauvigon

Malbec

2018

Benguela Cove Estate Malbec

Pinot Noir

2015

La Vierge Apogée Pinot Noir

Pinotage

2016

Springfontein Single Vineyard Jonathans Ridge Pinotage

Shiraz

2017

Wildekrans Shiraz Barrel Select Reserve Shiraz

 Wellington District including wards

Chardonnay

2018

Linton Park Louis Fourie Wild Ferment Chardonnay

Roussanne

2020

Mischa Estate Range Roussanne

Red Blend

2016

Doolhof The Minotaur

Cabernet Franc

2019

Mischa Estate Range Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

Signatures of Doolhof Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Malbec

2018

Linton Park Estate Malbec

Merlot

2017

Linton Park Estate Merlot

Pinotage

2018

Signatures of Doolhof Single Vineyard Pinotage

Shiraz

2019

Mischa Estate Range Shiraz

Petite Sirah

2019

Mischa Estate Reserve Range Petite Sirah

 Worcester District including wards

Cultivar Blend

2020

Stettyn Stone White Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc

Chenin Blanc

2020

Stettyn Family Vineyards Chenin Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Stettyn Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Rosé/Blanc de Noir

2020

Stettyn Family Vineyards Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

Red Blend

2018

Stettyn The Guardian Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz

Cabernet Sauvignon

2018

Conradie Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinotage

2018

Nuy Mastery Pinotage

Shiraz

2018

Nuy Mastery Shiraz

Muscat

2013

Nuy Wit Muskadel