Benguela Cove Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Steals the Show At Winemag Next Generation Awards

Results of the inaugural Next Generation Awards sponsored by shipping company FedEx Express and convened by are live. The aim of this new competition is to identify South Africa’s emerging winemaking talent. A condition of entry was that entrants should be under 35 years of age at the time of the awards ceremony on 11 June.

62 Wines from 37 entrants were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a panel consisting of editor Christian Eedes as chairman as well as Spencer Fondaumiere, chairman of the South African Sommelier Association and wine writer Malu Lambert.

Benguela Cove raises a glass to a remarkable achievement

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon emerges victorious, ranking in the top 10 with 95 points at the Winemag Next Generation Awards. This singular cool climate wine, meticulously crafted by our rising star winemaker, Michelle Waldeck, embodies the region’s unique terroir and the future of South African winemaking.

Michelle, a 30 under 30 Winelands Winemaker played a pivotal role in bringing this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon to life. Her meticulous attention to detail and innovative approach to cool climate winemaking shine through in every sip. 

Benguela Cove 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Benguela Cove 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme, true to its noble lineage. The Walker Bay region’s cool climate infuses the wine with captivating aromas of blackcurrant, dried herbs, and fynbos, the fragrant South African shrubland. Hints of salty liquorice and leather add complexity, while a seamless dance between fruit and acidity creates a truly captivating experience. Polished tannins round out the palate, leaving a lasting impression of finesse and elegance.