Ten South African Sauvignon Blancs get the judges smiling in Spain
THOUGH denied a trophy, three of South Africa’s classified Sauvignon Blancs triumphed with gold medals and another five were among seven SA silver medallists at the international 2016 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon taste-off hosted in Tordesillas, Spain.
Leading the medal charge for the Cape were Ghost Corner 2015 from David Nieuwoudt’s cellar in the Cederberg using grapes from Cape Agulhas, one of South Africa’s Top 10 when it comes to great Sauvignon track records. Also right up there was Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée 2015 and the 2014 Zevenwacht Z 360°, both from Stellenbosch cellars. While among the runners-up were MM Louw 2015 from Diemersdal in Durbanville and the Private Bin D234 auction wine from Nederburg of Paarl, two more Cape Sauvignons that ‘never’ disappoint.
There were some 900 entries this year in a competition involving 74 judges from over 20 countries. The medal count at the end of two days of ‘blind’ tastings came to 272, with five trophies going to wines from France (3), Austria and Spain.
Medal Winners at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2016
David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner 2015
Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée 2015
Zevenwacht Z 360° 2014
Diemersdal MM Louw 2015
Flagstone Free Run Reserve 2015
Lace by Almenkerk 2015
Nederburg II Centuries 2014
Nederburg Private Bin D234 2014