SA brings home a ton of gold at 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition

by | Sep 14, 2018 | Blog, Lifestyle, News

A total of 32 wineries and wine producers in South Africa received gold awards for their wines at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Results were announced today, with De Grendel, Beyerskloof, Meerlust, Nederburg, KWV, Oldenburg and Groot Constantia winning double gold.

The International Wine and Spirit Competition is an annual, UK based wine and spirit competition founded in 1969. Each year the competition receives entries from over 90 countries worldwide.

A panels of hand-picked industry experts judge entries over seven months of the year. The competition runs a structured and rigorous two-stage judging process, first using the ‘double blind’ judging method, meaning samples are tasted in pre-poured numbered glasses so that judges never see a bottle. Judges taste no more than 60 samples a day to avoid palate fatigue, and each product is judged by a whole panel in sync, allowing for group discussions. The second stage of the judging is the detailed chemical and microbiological analysis, which is undertaken by an independent third party.

“The winning of these recent awards are a fitting accolade to celebrate Groot Constantia’s momentous 333rd birthday,” says Jean Naude, CEO of Constantia. “This estate is South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm, with an uninterrupted history of wine production that stretches back over three centuries. 333 years later and the Groot Constantia wines continue to move from strength to strength in the international arena – having collectively won well over 100 gold awards from across the globe in the past decade alone.”


Beau Constantia Wines Aidan 2015 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Shiraz dominated

Alto Shiraz 2015 – Gold 2018 in Shiraz

Bartinney Hourglass Chardonnay 2017  – Gold 2018 in Chardonnay

Beyerskloof Faith 2011 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Pinotage

Beyerskloof Faith 2014  – Gold 2018 in Blended Red 

Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – Gold 2018 in Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon

De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage 2016 – Gold 2018 in Pinotage

De Grendel Shiraz 2016 – Gold 2018 in Shiraz

Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve The Lighthouse Merlot 2016 – Gold 2018 in Merlot 

Eikendal Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – Gold 2018 in Cabernet Sauvignon 

Ernie Els Signature 2014 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Cabernet Sauvignon dominated 

Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve Red 2015 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Cabernet Sauvignon dominated

Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve White 2016 – Gold 2018 in Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

Hidden Gems 2015 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Cabernet Sauvignon dominated

Ironstone Syrah 2014 (Hilton Vineyards) – Gold 2018 in Syrah

Jordan Wine Estate Inspector Péringuey Chenin Blanc 2016 – Gold 2018 in Chenin Blanc

Journey’s End Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Gold 2018 in Cabernet Sauvignon

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2015 – Gold 2018 in Shiraz

KWV Cathedral Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – Gold 2018 in Sauvignon Blanc

KWV The Mentors Canvas 2014 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Shiraz dominated

Meerlust Merlot 2015 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Merlot dominated

Meerlust Rubicon 2009 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Cabernet Sauvignon dominated

Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Gold 2018 in Cabernet Sauvignon

Nederburg The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2017 – Gold 2018 in Botrytis – Chenin Blanc/Chenin Blanc blends

Oldenburg Cabernet Franc 2015 – Gold 2018 in Cabernet Franc

Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Gold 2018 in Cabernet Sauvignon

Olivedale Chardonnay 2017 – Gold 2018 in Chardonnay

Penny Black 2016 (Post House Vineyards) – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Shiraz dominated

Plaisir De Merle Shiraz 2016 – Gold 2018 in Syrah

Queen of Africa Edel Laat Oes 2015 (Olivedale Private Vineyards) – Gold 2018 in Botrytis Wine – Sémillon

Sine Cera 2015 (Highlands Road Wines) – Gold 2018 in Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon

Spier 21 Gables Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – Gold 2018 in Sauvignon Blanc

Stellenrust B28 Chenin Blanc 2017 – Gold 2018 in Chenin Blanc

The High Road Director’s Reserve 2015 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Cabernet Sauvignon dominated

Tokara Reserve Collection Syrah 2014 – Gold 2018 in Syrah

Warwick Blue Lady 2015 – Gold 2018 in Cabernet Sauvignon

Waverley Hills SMV Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2013 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Syrah dominated

Wildekrans Estate Pinotage 2016 – Gold 2018 in Pinotage

Zonnebloem Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2016 – Gold 2018 in Blended Red – Syrah dominated

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