Local Chardonnay & white blends lead the way at the 6 Nations Wine Challenge

South African Chardonnay and white blends were leaders in their categories at the recent 6 Nations Wine Challenge – a competition between Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and the US. Iona Chardonnay 2014 and Vondeling Babiana 2013 (White Blend) were among the trophy winners, highlighting the fact that local producers should concentrate their efforts on these categories. SA also won the ‘Other Reds’ category with Warwick Cabernet Franc 2012 coming in first place, whilst De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 came first in the ‘Other Whites’ category.

Six-Nations

The 6-Nations Wine Challenge is ‘an open window that shows the excitement of a viticulture that is always moving forward, discovering new spots, innovating with varieties, experimenting with styles, reflecting the tradition and bright future of the New World scene,’ said current Chairman, Mr Eduardo Brethauer of Chile.

The following South African wines won trophies in their respective categories:

  1. Winner of the Chardonnay Class: Iona Chardonnay 2014
  2. Winner of the White Blends Class: Vondeling Babiana 2013 (Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay)
  3. Winner of the Other Red Varieties Class: Warwick Cabernet Franc 2012 (2011 available)
  4. Winner of the Other White Wines Class: De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 (R225 p/b)

Other top performers:

Double Gold in Aromatic Non-Riesling Class: Paul Cluver Gewürztraminer 2014 (R98 p/b)
Double Gold in Chardonnay Class: Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2014
                                                              Richard Kershaw Clonal Selection Chardonnay 2013
Double Gold in White Blends Class: Trizanne Signature Wines Reserve 2013 (R140 p/b)
Double Gold in the Other White Wines Class: Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2014 R80 p/b (available on request)
Double Gold in the Pinot Noir Class: Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2013 (2014 available)
Gold in the Merlot and Carmenere Class: Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet Merlot 2012 (R285 p/b)
Gold in the Shiraz/Syrah Class: Fable Mountain Syrah 2012 (R330 P/B)
Double Gold in the Cabernet Sauvignon Class: Eikendal Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Gold in the Bordeaux Blends Class: Diesmersdal MM Louw Estate Red 2013
                                                                  Vilafonte Series C 2012 (R600 p/b)

Read more about the 6 Nations Wine Challenge results .

 

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