A new South African wine competition focusing exclusively on Pinot Noir red wines, the Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Awards, is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural 2020 awards.
Convened by Top Five Trust in conjunction with the South African Pinot Noir Association, these awards identify five wines to serve as a benchmark for the development of distinctive South African Pinot Noir red wines. The organisers, together with sponsor, Mosaic Family Office, are proud to recognise and support the climate, people, soil and the multitude of other factors that go into making the best Pinot Noir reds in South Africa.
One of the major objectives of the competition is to illustrate the distinctive quality of South African Pinot Noir to the consumer and the international wine community. Pinot Noir is a demanding variety to cultivate and transform into wine, with a temperament that has earned the variety its ‘heartbreak grape’ moniker.
The competition was held on 16 and 17 September in Cape Town and saw a staggering 109 entries from 64 producers with wines from the 2009 to 2020 vintages. The most entries were from the Walker Bay area (37), followed by Elgin (30), Stellenbosch (12), Franschhoek (9) and the balance from the South Coast, Breede Kloof Valley, Ceres, Tulbagh, South Coast and KwaZulu Natal. Three of the top five winners are from Walker Bay and two from Elgin.
The judging process adheres to strict blind tasting standards as the wines are tasted over a preliminary and a final judging round. Scores are awarded according to the 100-point scale.
The judging panel consists of five members made up of Cape Wine Masters, experienced sommeliers, Masters of Wine and qualified winemakers only. One panel member is appointed as chairperson.
The judging panel for this year’s competition was: Dr. Winnie Bowman, CWM, Cape Wine Master and renowned international wine judge, Gregory Mutambe, head sommelier at the Twelve Apostles Hotel., Anton Swarts, CWM, Cape Wine Master and senior winemaker at Spier Wines, Rüdger van Wyk, cellarmaster at Stark-Condé Wines, Karin Visser, CWM, Cape Wine Master, Pinot Noir specialist and account manager at Great Domaines.
The five best Pinot Noir wines in South Africa are:
90+ Award Medals
Wines that score 90 or more points, but do not make it into the top five, are celebrated with a 90+ award medal.
The 90+ South African Pinot Noir red wines are: