IWSC judges battle to separate best wines in the world

THERE WERE FEW surprises among the top performers at the 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. What takes a bit of getting used to, however, is the organisers differentiating between “outstanding” gold and silver medal winners on one hand and other gold and silver medal winners on the other. If they’re wrestling with trophy, gold, silver and bronze accolades, perhaps they should switch to a star-rating system, or score the wines using a 100-point scale. Anyway, the highest-scoring SA wines at Britain’s longest-running wine show are as follows:

TROPHY WINNERS

Desiderius Pongracz 2003, Cap Classique bubbly from JC Le Roux
Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2010
Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2008
Nederburg Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Stellenrust Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2011

OTHER “OUSTANDING” GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2011, from Cederberg
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2011, from The Bergkelder
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Muscat 2006
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
KWV Cape Tawny NV (port)
Lourensford Noble Late Harvest 2009
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2007
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2008
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 2009
Spier Creative Block 3 2010 (red blend)

OTHER GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Allee Bleue Shiraz 2010
Alto Shiraz 2010
Bernheim Classique 2008 (red blend)
Boschendal Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Cavalli Cheval D’Or Warlord 2009 (red blend)
Creation Syrah Grenache 2010
De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2011
The Forrester Meinert Chenin 2010, from Ken Forrester
Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay 2009
Jordan Chardonnay 2010
Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2008 (red blend)
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2011
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lomond Pincushion Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Lourensford Winemaker’s Selection Reserve White Blend 2009
Muratie Ansela Van de Caab 2009 (red blend)
Naledi Chardonnay 2010, from Spier
Naledi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, from Spier
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 2007 (Noble Late Harvest)
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 2008 (Noble Late Harvest)
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 2010 (Noble Late Harvest)
Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2011
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2009 (Noble Late Harvest)
Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Rust en Vrede Estate 2009 (red blend)
Saronsberg Full Circle 2010 (red blend)
Saronsberg Seismic 2007 (red blend)
Spier Private Collection Shiraz 2010
Strandveld Adamastor 2010 (white blend)

For more information about the International Wine & Spirit Competition and all the results of the 2012 event, click here.