Stellenzicht’s Golden Triangle Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon, both from the 2010 vintage, have been awarded gold medals at the 2013 Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada.
This prestigious international wine championship takes place annually in Quebec. Established in 1983, it is presented under the patronage of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), the International Union of Oenologists (UIOE) and the World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits Competitions (VINOFED).
Re-launched as a stand-alone label in 2012, the Golden Triangle collection, made by Guy Webber (top photo) of Stellenzicht, is meant to be a tribute to the small area between the Stellenbosch- and Helderberg-mountains down to where the R44 runs between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. This triangular-shaped, prime wine-growing area, that includes the Stellenzicht farm, has become known amongst aficionados as the Golden Triangle.
“The Quebecoise are known for being very discerning about their wines so the golds are great affirmation indeed,” says Webber. “The Pinotage is soft and friendly with sweet, fruity succulence. It’s a big but nevertheless finely-balanced wine with a firm but accessible tannin structure and ends in a wonderfully-long aftertaste, making it exceptionally more-ish. It’s a great companion to game carpaccio, seared tuna and intensely-flavoured cheeses,” he adds.
“The Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied and also incredibly well balanced with total harmony between its sweet fruit flavours and toasty oak tannins. It’s accessible with some expected grip which will relax with time – a gentle giant! This wine is best served with dishes such as herb-crusted lamb roasts, mutton kebabs with chunky grilled vegetables, grilled swordfish and many more,” Webber concludes.
The current range comprises a 2009 Shiraz, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage, as well as a 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. These are available from the farm and retail outlets at around R50 for the Sauvignon Blanc and approximately R80 for the reds.