Diemersdal Shines in South Africa’s Leading Wine Competitions
Diemersdal Estate’s commitment to making a diverse range of top-quality wines from its Durbanville property has once again been reflected in its superb results at leading South African wine shows during the competition season of 2018. Our white as well as red wines have performed exceptionally well in all the major wine shows and reports, this consistency of our quality proposition underscored by the scored of the judges on various panels.
Herewith a highlight of Diemersdal’s achievements in 2018:
FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Awards
South Africa’s only wine show dedicated to awarding the country’s extensive range of Sauvignon Blanc wines this year once again selected Diemersdal’s revolutionary Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc as among the ten best in the country. Last year the Winter Ferment 2017 took one of the cherished trophies, and this year the wine from the 2018 vintage showed its class.
Winter Ferment was only released from the Diemersdal stable last year, and is the only wine of its kind in South Africa to originate from Sauvignon Blanc juice frozen at harvest and the thawed for fermentation five months later, providing a unique wine with delicious tropical notes.
Absa Top 10 Pinotage Trophy
Diemersdal staked a place as one of the most successful producers in the history of the annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage Trophy awards by this year raking in its seventh trophy. The Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2017 was selected as one of the Top 10 Trophy winners out of 161 wines submitted for judging in this year’s competition held for the 22nd time.
The Absa Top 10 Pinotage Trophy is one of the most sought-after red wine trophies for any South African winemaker, and winning it for the seventh time is a true privilege as this competition, solely dedicated to South Africa’s most famous home-grown red grape, is of huge national and international importance. This year Diemersdal was also the only Durbanville-regin winery to win a Top 10. The cellar and vineyard teams have embraced Pinotage as one of Diemersdal’s key red varieties, and it is their understanding of the grape from the vine to the bottling of the final wine that enables us to make a Pinotage showing true quality. And more importantly, this seventh Absa Top 10 Trophy has shown the quality to be consistent.
This is South Africa’s oldest consumer wine-show, with the results closely followed by wine consumers and the wine trade alike. This year saw the Veritas Awards being held for the 28th consective year, with over 1 600 wines and brandies entered. The judging was extremely strict this year, yet Diemersdal managed four sought-after Gold medals – one each for Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Pinotage 2016, Pinotage Reserve 2015 and Shiraz 2016. Only 291 Gold medal were awarded, and to get four of these is seen as a profound achievement, especially in light of the diverse spread of Diemersdal wines that took Gold.
Michelangelo International Wine&Spirits Awards
Michelangelo is the largest wine competition in Africa, attracting 2 200 entries, and at this year’s event Diemersdal put in a stunning showing winning one coveted Platinum award, three Double Gold and two Gold Medals.
The Platinum was awarded to the Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2016, while the sixth generation farm owned by the Louw family took Double Golds for its Private Collection 2016 Bordeaux blend, the Diemersdal Woolworths Reserve Collection Merlot Malbec 2017 and its Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2018.
The achievements at the Michelangelo Awards are of especial significance due to the fact that the entries are judged by panels comprising a majority of international wine experts. This year’s Michelangelo saw 30 judges from 16 countries scrutinising the entries, and the awards went to wines that had passed the stringent selection from diverse international palates. If you are an international wine producing country wishing to compete globally – such as what South Africa is – international opinion is of the utmost importance. Diemersdal is therefore elated at the tally of medals we garnered this year.
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
An elite wine competition and among South Africa’s top three, Diemersdal Private Collection 2016 won the Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-style Red Blend at this year’s prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Some 977 wines were entered into this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine show, with 23 winning trophies and 40 taking Gold. Having been fortunate to wine trophies at two previous Old Mutual Shows, we know how meticulous and thorough the judging process is, as well as the strength of the competition in each category.
This is a competition known throughout the wine world for its attention to detail in all organisational aspects and makes a point of showcasing the best South Africa has to offer. To win a trophy at this competition for the third year is a tremendous honour for Diemersdal and recognises the red wine provenance of Durbanville which has produced some of South Africa’s most famous red wines.
Tim Atkin Report
Acclaimed international wine critic, Tim Atkin, visits South Africa each year for his annual report on the country’s wines. This year Diemersdal Estate achieved a 95pt score for its MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2017 in the highly anticipated 2018 wine report. The estate’s Wild Horseshoe Sauvignon Blanc 2017 was hot on the MM Louw’s heels with 94pts. And showing it is no one-trick pony, Diemersdal also roped in a 94pt rating for its MM Louw Pinotage 2016.
The scores achieved in this report from an international wine expert underscores South Africa’s ability to produce Sauvignon Blanc wines capable of competing with the best in the world. In the picture of South African wine, the critical focus tends to be away from Sauvignon Blanc, possibly because it is such a popular wine, leading the way in terms of sales and its general popularity among the consumer. However the scores Diemersdal was fortunate enough to achieve in the Tim Atkin report reaffirms the belief we have in Sauvignon Blanc as one of South Africa’s leading quality varieties and a variety that can benefit the image of the country’s wine industry as a whole.
The other 90-plus scores for Diemersdal went to Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (93pts), Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (93pts), MM Louw Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (92pts), Pinotage Reserve 2017 (92pts), Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (91pts) and Grüner Veltliner 2017 (90pts).