Three wines from the Welmoed range received high praise at the 6thannual Gold Wine Awards, which took place in the beginning of August 2019. This show aims to place a seal of excellence on wines that deliver quality at less than R130 per bottle.
According to the awards panel, more than 90% of wines produced in South Africa are priced in this category. As many South African wine consumers may be unsure of the best value-for-money wines, Gold Wine Awards assists in identifying these wines and allowing consumers to make more informed buying decisions.
The Welmoed farm, where Stellenbosch Vineyards is based, has a strong history and tradition that has been celebrated over centuries.Welmoed senior winemaker, Bernard Classen, continues to maintain its proud winemaking traditions and carefully crafts premium wines for every occasion.
The three Welmoed wines, whicheach received a Gold award was the Welmoed Shiraz 2018, Welmoed Pinotage 2018 and Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc 2019.
The judging panel were intrigued by the amount of diversity brought by the second largest red class, namely Shiraz. The light oaked Welmoed Shiraz 2018 has a nose brimming with raspberry and blackcurrant, with a hint of spice. The Welmoed Pinotage 2018, is firm with juicy dark plum flavours and offers lovely notes of raspberries, black berries and vanilla.
The Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc 2019 showed its true quality and uniqueness by earning a Gold award in the most competed varietal category to be entered. The panel raved about the amazing fruitiness of the entered wines as well as the well-balanced acidity levels. While the prolonged drought and water shortages may of had an effect on the 2019 harvest season a truly well balanced Sauvignon Blanc was created. This wine boasts with an exquisite balance of tropical fruit flavours that offers a lingering, zesty finish.
“In the Welmoed Cellar, all wines are made with tradition and passion and these awards are truly a showcase that quality wines can be created at a price for all wine-loving South African consumers to enjoy. We will continue to produce premium Welmoed wines in this cellar for many more years to come, ” says Senior Winemaker, Bernard Classen.
To all wine lovers and consumers in South Africa, if you are looking for quality wine at affordable prices, try the Welmoed wine range.