Remember the days when wine co-ops were better known for “cheap and cheerful” wines and quantity over quality? Well, those days are gone … forever. Today’s wine companies (the old co-operative cellars in a new guise AND approach) produce wines that that don’t play second fiddle to any estate.
Case in point, Bonnievale Wines. The award-winning wine producer stood proud among the medal winners at the recent Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The annual competition’s panel of experts even pointed out the exceptional quality of the winery’s products that are available at accessible prices.
This year saw the assessment of 747 wines from 161 producers across South Africa.
Reaffirming the quality of winemaking and diversity of excellent terroir, the Bonnievale The River Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2020 won a silver medal and was rated “excellent, a wine of distinction” by the judges. The Bonnievale The River Collection Shiraz 2017, Bonnievale The River Collection Merlot 2017 and Bonnievale Limited Release Chardonnay 2019 were acknowledged by the judges as “good to very good, with fine character”.
The Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Merlot were singled out for their outstanding quality to price ratio, an accolade awarded to medallists priced under R90 per 750ml bottle for white wines and R105 per 750ml for red. At R59 per bottle from the winery, the Bonnievale Sauvignon Blanc 2020 was the best performer in the category by far with the closest competitor selling at R90 per bottle.