South Africa tops the gold medal table at IWSC

Highlights:

  • 28 gold medals awarded, putting South Africa at the top of the gold medal table
  • Great potential for Cabernet Franc varietal

Following the recent judging, the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) has announced South Africa’s 2022 medal results. Placing South Africa firmly at the top of this year’s IWSC gold medal chart, its wines were awarded an impressive 28 gold medals.

With just shy of 700 wines submitted from South Africa into the IWSC’s 2022 awards, 88% of South African entrants received a medal, including 234 silver medals and 355 bronze medals.

This year judging took place in South Africa with a selection of IWSC experts including Alistair Cooper MW, Elizabeth Kelly MW, Victoria Mason, Matteo Montone MS and David Kermode joining forces with local judges to taste the wines.

Amongst South Africa’s 2022 medal winners were several sparkling wines, including entrants from Pongràcz, Durbanville Hills, Krone, Babylonstoren, Graham Beck, Old Road Wine, Bon Courage and Villiera Wines.

In total 169 producers from across South Africa entered the awards. A total of 29 grape varieties were represented by medal winners, from Cabernet Franc, which Judging Committee Member Alistair Cooper sees great potential for, to Zinfandel.

Alistair comments: “As a nation, South Africa has a bountiful array of varietals. There is so much opportunity for diversity, it made for some exciting tastings. The judges were delighted by the wines on offer and the medal tally reflects this quality on offer.”

He adds: “The rate at which South Africa has developed over the past 15 years is nothing short of astonishing. It is quite possibly the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world currently, with both classic styles continuing to be honed, as well as extremely exciting new projects. Producers are showing a much deeper understanding of which varietiess are suited to the Cape, such as Rhone reds and whites and the classic Bordeaux varieties.”

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

South Africa’s 2022 gold medal winners:

Kanonkop
Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Vergelegen
GVB Red 2015

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Richard Kershaw Wines
GPS Series Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2020

Cape South Coast, Western Cape, South Africa

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Quest
Old Vine Chenin Blanc

Breedekloof, Western Cape, South Africa

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Piekenierskloof
Heirloom Red 2020

Piekenierskloof, Western Cape, South Africa

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Jordan
Nine Yards Chardonnay 2020

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Stellenbosch Vineyards
Credo Chenin Blanc 2021

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Kanonkop
Estate Pinotage 2006

Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Delheim Wines
Edelspatz Botrytis Riesling 2020

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Le Grand Domaine
The Pledge Our Origin Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa

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Jordan
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2020

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Gabrielskloof
The Landscape Series Cabernet Franc 2020

Walker Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

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Jordan
Long Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Journey’s End
V5 Cabernet Franc 2019

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Rijk’s Cellar
Reserve Pinotage 2016

Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa

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Diemersdal Wine Estate
The Journal Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa

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Belle Rebelle
Mariette Chenin Blanc 2020

Breedekloof, Western Cape, South Africa

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Klein Constantia
Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Constantia, Western Cape, South Africa

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Perdeberg Wines
The Vineyard Collection Grenache Blanc 2021

Western Cape, South Africa

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Plaisir de Merle
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Simonsberg-Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa

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Kanonkop
Black Label Pinotage 2019

Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Cloof Wine Estate
Duckitt Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc 2020

Western Cape, South Africa

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Danie Steytler
Pinotage 2020

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Vrede en Lust
Barrique 2019

Elgin, Western Cape, South Africa

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Kanonkop
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Cederberg
Ghost Corner Syrah 2020

Elim, Western Cape, South Africa

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Vergelegen
GVB White 2020

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

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Constantia Uitsig
Natura Vista 2021

Constantia, Western Cape, South Africa

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For a full list of the IWSC’s 2022 winners, visit the website.

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