A number of Cape producers are actively conserving part of their land and minimising their agricultural while making enjoyable – and often impressive – wines.
The Nedbank Green Awards honours producers and winemakers who continue to lead the way in conservation. In 2015, a total of 150 entries were received for the Awards, now in its seventh year. With an esteemed panel of judges, led by international judge Fiona McDonald, the judging process stretched over two days.
Improved quality highly praised
The judges noted the improvement in the standard of wine and Singita wine director François Rautenbach singled out the true varietal character of the wines and remarked that, three years ago, the quality of the wines was suffering, due to the lower sulphur regimes that organic producers subscribed to.
Wines were judged across the two categories: organically grown grapes and Integrated Production of Wine (IPW). Both categories had four sections: best red wine, best white wine, bloggers’ choice, best value wine. Overall winners in the two categories were also announced. The following wines were the 2015 winners:
Best organically grown grapes
Best wine overall: Org De Rac La Verne MCC 2012
Best red wine: Reyneke Cornerstone 2013
Best white wine: Laibach Woolworths The Ladybird Chardonnay 2014
Bloggers’ choice: Org De Rac La Verne MCC 2012
Best value wine: Stellar Organics Running Duck Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Best integrated production of wine
Best wine overall: Sijnn White 2013
Best red wine: Waverley Hills Grenache 2014
Best white wine: Sijnn White 2013
Bloggers’ choice: The FMC 2013
Best value wine: Wildekrans Wine Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Another notable category was the award for best practice, which honoured farms promoting sustainable farming and conservation of the Cape Winelands. This award assesses and rewards those who are responding to environmental challenges in meaningful and successful ways. Producers had to nominate their peers for the award and motivate their choice.