The 2018 Shiraz Challenge, now in its 6th year, saw 15 exceptional wines from far and wide in the Cape winelands steal the limelight. This competition serves as a trustworthy indicator for consumers who want to purchase South Africa’s top shiraz varietal wines and blends. This year 12 varietal wines and three blends walked off with the honours.
Shiraz’s popularity among wine lovers has been proven over and over again, and the diversity of styles on offer by wine makers ensure that every taste is catered for.
A total of 192 wines (156 shiraz varietal wines and 36 blends) from all the country’s wine-making regions were entered for this year’s competition.
The winners in the shiraz category are:
Alvi’s Drift Signature Shiraz 2016
Babylonstoren Shiraz 2016
Bloemendal Syrah 2013
Boschkloof Louis 57 Shiraz 2016
D’Aria The Soprano Shiraz 2016,
De Grendel Elim Shiraz 2016 (the only 1,5ℓ magnum entered)
Diemersfontein Shiraz 2017
Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2015
KWV Cathedral Cellar Shiraz 2015
Oldenburg Vineyards Syrah 2014
Saronsberg Provenance Shiraz 2016
Wellington La Cave Shiraz 2016
The champions in the category for hiraz blends are:
Babylonstoren Babel 2016
Saronsberg Full Circle 2016
Spier Creative Block 3 2015
According to Edmund Terblanche, SA Shiraz chairman, quality always shines through. “It is easy enough to identify the top 20% and then, with a fresh palate, to choose the absolute leaders. Having twelve winning slots to fill, enables us to acknowledge champions in the different styles.”
This year more “lighter styled” wines featured and hence more definition and prominent varietal characteristics were noticed. The shiraz grape is suitable for the creation of a wide variety of styles that need not only be terroir-driven. It can reflect the influence of the wine maker.
For more information regarding the competition, contact Sandra Lotz at 082 924 7254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.