The Bon Courage Wine Estate outside Robertson scooped up two platinum awards at the 16th annual Muskadel SA Awards, making this award-winning estate the top performer at this year’s competition. The Bon Courage Red Muscadel 2017 and Bon Courage White Muscadel 2017 both received this honour. Pictured with the awards is Bon Courage winemaker Philip Viljoen.
A total of 31 entries were received for this year’s competition, 7 more than in 2017.
Du Toitskloof Cellar in the Breede River Valley has been a constant performer over the past three years at the Muskadel SA Awards and this year was no exception with their Du Toitskloof Red Muscadel 2015 winning a well-deserved platinum award.
From the Nuy Valley near Worcester, Conradie Family Vineyards’ Muscadel Limited Release 2009 also won platinum. This nine-year-old wine is once again testament to the amazing aging potential of muscadel wines. This full, sweet dessert wine was aged in small oak barrels for 5 years.
Montagu grabbed two gold awards, Montagu Wines for their Montagu Red Muscadel 2017 and Montagu W & S for their Montagu W & S Red Muscadel NV. Badsberg near Rawsonville in the Breede River Valley won gold for their Badsberg Perlé Moscato 2018, Boplaas from Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo rounded up the top performers with gold for the fourth consecutive year, this time for the Boplaas Heritage Collection Terroir Selection Muscadel 2013.
“Muscadel wines prefer dry and warm weather, but also sufficient water to irrigate the vineyard effectively. The ongoing drought of the past few years has resulted in high sugar content and rich raisin aromas in the grapes. This in turn has this led to beautiful, full wines with exceptional muscat flavours, ” said Muskadel SA chairman Henri Swiegers.
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