International Wine Challenge 2020
The International Wine Challenge has recently announced its second round of awards and points, with a focus on South Africa. We are delighted that two wines received trophies, three were awarded gold medals, and a further seven received silver.
Best Stellenbosch White Wine; Best Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc: 2019 Reserve Chenin Blanc, DeMorgenzon – 96 pts
Youthful, bright and tight, with notes of apple, quince, lanolin and wax. Beautiful balance in the sweet yellow plums, pear and ripe apple notes. The palate is restrained but with texture, tangy acidity and a lively personality.
Best Stellenbosch White Blend: 2018 Maestro White, DeMorgenzon – 95 pts
Aromas of fragrant, ripe red apples and herbal spice. Round, textured and balanced, with ripe yellow fruit and soft acidity. Delicious dry style, good to drink now or hold for a year. A tantalising hint of orange and hazelnut on the finish.
2018 Missionvale Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson – 95 pts
Ripe melon and pineapple – it has a playful lively balanced palate displaying a balance of minerality, cream and fruit cedar, long scented and charming finish
2018 Estate Chardonnay, Paul Cluver – 95 pts
Cedar, cream, lemon scent, subtle perfumed similar on the lively balanced reduced palate. Elegant and fine.
2018 Seven Flags Chardonnay, Paul Cluver – 95 pts
Delicate citrus on nose – lovely cornucopia with tangerine, apple, cream + cedar. Silky refreshing palate. Discrete and charming.
2017 Reserve Syrah, DeMorgenzon – 95 pts
Spicy cracked pepper, violets, and redcurrants with cedar notes. This is a concentrated rich wine beautifully balanced with a lovely finish.
2018 Hannibal, Bouchard Finlayson – 92 pts
Supple with fine black cherry fruit and some wild strawberry and herb notes. Lovely focussed fruit.
2018 Kadette Pinotage, Kanonkop – 90 pts
Lovely depth and length to this wine, the palate is packed with mulberries, smoky bacon and liquorice with grippy tannins to balance.
2018 Estate Pinot Noir, Paul Cluver – 93 pts
Cherry, chocolate and gun flint. Intense palate with superb acidity and pleasing new oak. Lively now and will age.
2020 Estate Riesling, Paul Cluver – 93 pts
Ripe zesty aromas with plenty of ripe and rich citrus fruit flavours on the palate. Really well balanced.
2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Paul Cluver – 90 pts
Really intense nose of warm apple puree with subtle floral notes. A honeyed, concentrated texture on the palate. A wine that will age well.
2017 Seven Flags Pinot Noir, Paul Cluver – 91 pts
Packed with red fruit, silky and well balanced. Fresh, pretty, juicy style and easy to enjoy.
2018 Buzzard Kloof Syrah, Rustenberg – 90 pts
Liquorice and cloves dominate the core. Full ripe rich fruit on the palate. Long and persistent.
Please note that not all vintages are currently available in the UK.