South Africa has taken joint-second place of countries awarded International Trophies at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), the world’s largest wine competition, winning four of the prestigious top accolades. The winners were announced in London, at the 10th anniversary DWWA presentation dinner at the Royal Opera House.
The Sauvignon Blanc over £15 Trophy went to Cederberg’s David Nieuwoudt, showing that New Zealand isn’t the only New World country making world-class Sauvignon. His winning wine was the Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2012, made in an estate on the edge of the Cederberg Wilderness Area. South Africa’s Regional Chair at the DWWA, Lynne Sherriff MW, comments that within South Africa “Sauvignon Blanc continues to flourish and break the mould, showing regional variety, ranging from the chalky, mineral and steely to the more herbaceous and exotic flavours, giving
the wine lover a great range of choice”.
In the Dry Aromatic under £15 category, Paul Cluver’s Gewürztraminer 2012 from Elgin claimed the title after two years in the hands of Argentinian Torrontés, while South Africa’s third and fourth Trophies went to Cape Point for their Isliedh 2012, and Boschendal, winning the White Blend over £15 and Red Rhône varietal under £15 Trophies, respectively.
“As well as producing a wide range of styles, South African winemakers are going from strength to strength in putting their own regional stamp on Old World classics. The whites are particularly exciting and diverse at the moment, while a Trophy win for Boschendal, Reserve Collection Shiraz 2011 is a testament to Stellenbosch’s established winemaking”, commented Steven Spurrier, who presented the International Trophy winners with their certificates at the night’s black-tie event.