Top photo caption: Christo Pienaar (chairman SA National Wine Show), Tariro Masayiti (Springfontein Wine Estate) and Derrick Roper (Founder of Novare).
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.
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.
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 available on the website www.terroirwineawards.co.za. Email firstname.lastname@example.org