International wine competitions are vital for the wine industry. They allow everybody to be judged using a common yardstick and increase the international visibility of wines from all over the world. The international market assumes more and more importance as wine sales are continually being curbed in our country. One of the biggest and most important is the Decanter World Awards under the auspices of the British Decanter magazine. This year more than 18000 wines from 56 countries were judged by 170 expert judges from all over the world. As usual SA showed we can more than hold our own with many Gold and other medals being awarded. Familiar names like De Wetshof, Tokara, Steenberg and Constantia Glen are only a few of those who walked proud.

Classic De Wetshof

Expert Chardonnay estate De Wetshof won two Golds for their Lesca 2020 (Finesse in SA) and their spectacular 2018 Bateleur Chardonnay. These wines have been much awarded internationally—at Chardonnay Du Monde and Mundus Vini in Germany

Glorious Tokara vineyards

All five wines entered by Tokara broke the 90 point barrier with two being awarded Gold Medals—Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 with a score of 96/100 and their Directors Reserve White 2018 (95/100)

 

Steenberg tasting room

The superb Steenberg Semillon 2019, described by the judges as “richly textured with a grassy tangy finish” also broke 90/100 barrier and walked away with a Silver Medal.

Constantia Glen continued getting international kudos for their Constantia Glen FIVE 2017 a masterful blend of five Bordeaux varietals with a sensational score of 97/100 and a Platinum Medal no less.