Cape Blend and Chardonnay South Africa’s brightest stars at Mondial

Clos Malverne Auret 2009 (bottle, smaller, cropped)THE GREAT value of Kleine Zalze‘s Cellar Selection range was highlighted yet again with the announcement of the 2016 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles competition results in which the Stellenbosch winery’s 2015 unwooded Chardonnay at just R52 a bottle from the farm earned one of the three ‘grand gold’ medals awarded to South African wines – the others being a 2015 Limited Release wooded Chardonnay from Lourensford in Somerset West and the 2013 Auret Cape Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Merlot from Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch’s Devon Valley.

The 2016 event was held in Bulgaria with some 8750 wines from over 50 countries judged by 320 tasters over a period of three days. Although the organisers are based in Brussels, Belgium, the show takes place at different venues and will be held in Spain come 2017. Full results of the competition here. Prices of this year’s top-rated SA wines here.

Gold medallists at Concours Mondial 2016


Clos Malverne Auret Cape Blend 2013
Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Unwooded Chardonnay 2015
Lourensford Limited Release Chardonnay 2015


Almenkerk Syrah 2013
Asara Avalon 2011 (Cape Blend)
Asara Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV 2013
Cederberg Shiraz 2014
Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Gabriëlskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Home of Erasmus Grenache 2014 (Cape Wine Co)
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2014
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2015
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2015
KWV Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2015
KWV Cathedral Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2015
KWV The Mentors Canvas 2014 (Red Blend)
La Motte Millennium 2014 (Red Blend)
Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2013
Rustenberg Unwooded Chardonnay 2015
Saronsberg Brut 2012 (MCC)
Saronsberg Shiraz 2014
Simonsig Chardonnay 2015
Simonsig Frans Malan Cape Blend 2014
Simonsig Merindol Syrah 2012
Simonsig Tiara 2011 (Red Blend)
Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2013
Spier Creative Block 3 2013 (Red Blend)
Spier Creative Block 5 2013 (Red Blend)
Uva Mira The Mira Shiraz 2014