South Africa’s top 10 pinotage wines for 2019 are …

The quality of pinotage continues its upwards curve every year and the market for wines made from this variety continues to grow – locally and abroad. This is the view of Beyers Truter, chairman and founder of the Pinotage Association.

Speaking at the 2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage awards ceremony, Mr Pinotage said: “The exceptional quality of the wines we’re seeing year after year shows us that producers, viticulturists and winemakers are working together. In the end, it’s all about being in touch with the terroir.

“What I also find particularly encouraging is the variety of styles possible with pinotage. This year the extraordinary spread of winners hail from six wine regions, each with its own unique style, character and challenges. Our young winemakers are a brave bunch and are pushing the boundaries of what their respective regions can offer in terms of not only quality, but also diversity.”

The 2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners:

Anura Pinotage Reserve 2016
WO Simonsberg-Paarl (Anura), winemaker Stander Maass

Badsberg Pinotage 2018
WO Breedekloof (Badsberg Wynkelder), winemaker Henri Swiegers

Beyerskloof Winemaker’s Reserve Pinotage 2017
WO Stellenbosch (Beyerskloof Wyne), winemaker Anri Truter

Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2018
WO Durbanville (Diemersdal Landgoed), winemaker Thys Louw

Fleur du Cap Series Privée Pinotage 2016
WO Coastal Region (Distell – Fleur du Cap Wines), winemaker Pieter Badenhorst

Kanonkop Pinotage 2015
WO Simonsberg-Stellenbosch (Kanonkop Wine Estate), winemaker Abrie Beeslaar

Survivor Pinotage 2017
WO Swartland (Overhex Wines International), winemaker Ben Snyman

Simonsig Redhill Pinotage 2017
WO Stellenbosch (Simonsig Landgoed), winemaker Debbie Thompson

Vondeling Bowwood Pinotage 2016
WO Voor Paardeberg (Vondeling Wines), winemaker Matthew Copeland

Wildekrans Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve 2016
WO Botrivier (Wildekrans Wine Estate), winemaker Braam Gericke

The Absa Top 10 Pinotage wines are from 6 different wine regions, with the Stellenbosch and Paarl regions boasting the highest number of winning wines, with three and two wines respectively.

Kanonkop made history by making the Absa Top 10 Pinotage for the 14th year. Not only is their Pinotage the oldest winning wine this year, but also the only winner from the 2015 vintage. Beyerskloof claimed its 9th trophy in the competition with the Beyerskloof Winemaker’s Reserve Pinotage 2017. Simonsig rounds off Stellenbosch’s winning wine tally in this year’s Absa Top 10 Pinotage winning line-up with their Simonsig Redhill Pinotage 2017.

The two 2018 vintage wines in this year’s winning line-up, the Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2018 and the Badsberg Pinotage 2018, are the only wines from the Durbanville and Breedekloof regions respectively.

Vondeling Wines, making its debut as an Absa Top 10 Pinotage winner with the Vondeling Pinotage 2016, is joined by another 2016 wine from the Paarl region, the Anura Pinotage Reserve 2016.

The Fleur du Cap Series Privée Pinotage 2016 and the Wildekrans Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve 2016 are the two other 2016 vintage wines that emerged victorious. The 2016 vintage is the most represented vintage with four winning wines.

Last but not least, the Survivor Pinotage 2017 is the sole representative from the Swartland region.

For the 3rd year producers were invited to submit pinotage wines older than 10 years for the Museum / Icon Class category. These vintage pinotage wines provide tangible proof that the varietal has remarkable ageing potential.

The Museum Class Trophy winners:

Fairview Primo Pinotage 2007
WO Coastal origin (Fairview), winemaker Anthony de Jager

Hill & Dale Pinotage 2007
WO Stellenbosch (Hill & Dale), winemaker Guy Webber

Rijk’s Private Cellar Pinotage 2009
WO Tulbagh (Rijk’s Cellars), winemaker Pierre Wahl

2019 Absa Top 10 The runners-up:

Lutzville Francois le Vaillant Pinotage 2016
WO Lutzville Valley (Cape Diamond Wines), winemaker Christoff de Wet

Diemersdal MM Louw Pinotage 2017
WO Durbanville (Diemersdal Landgoed), winemaker Thys Louw

Kanonkop Pinotage 2017
WO Simonsberg-Stellenbosch (Kanonkop Wine Estate), winemaker Abrie Beeslaar

KWV The Mentors Pinotage (Coastal) 2017
WO Coastal origin (KWV), winemaker Izéle van Blerk

Moreson Widow Maker Pinotage 2016
WO Stellenbosch (Moreson), winemaker Clayton Reabow

Simonsig Redhill Pinotage 2016
WO Stellenbosch (Simonsig Landgoed), winemaker Debbie Thompson

Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Single Vineyard Pinotage 2017
WO Robertson (Viljoensdrift Associated Wineries cc), winemaker Fred Viljoen

Wildekrans Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve 2015
WO Botrivier (Wildekrans Wine Estate), winemaker Braam Gericke

Windmeul The Legend Collection Pinotage 2017
WO Coastal origin (Windmeul Kelder), winemaker Abraham van Heerden

Windmeul Pinotage Reserve 2016
WO Paarl (Windmeul Kelder), winemaker Abraham van Heerden

For more information, contact the Pinotage Association at marketing@pinotage.co.za or visit www.pinotage.co.za.

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