South Africa’s finest wines shine at IWSC

Wine news

Mon 18 Sep 2017

By Adam Lechmere

From pinotage to chenin blanc, South Africa shows its wines can take their place among the best in the world. 

South Africa has had its biggest-ever haul of gold medals at the International Wine and Spirit Competition – cementing the republic’s position as one of the world’s most exciting wine producing countries.

Winners were announced at a Wines of South Africa event in London. IWSC Judges were delighted by the quality of the wines presented at the judging, which took place last month in Paarl, South Africa, and yielded 53 gold medals, including three gold outstandings.

Pinotage, that most singular of South African grapes, did particularly well, with six golds and a gold outstanding (Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2014), 17 silver outstanding and more than 30 silvers.

“It was a very, very good three days,” panel chair Lindsay Oram told World Travel Guide. “Pinotage and Chenin Blanc did exceptionally well but there were some brilliant blends as well.”

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