Three wines from the Stellenbosch Vineyards were given high praise at the ninth annual National Wine Challenge/Top 100 South African Wine Awards 2019. For the third consecutive year, the judging panel selected the Stellenbosch Vineyards Limited Release Verdelho and Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo SMV to receive Top 100 status and Double Platinum awards. The Stellenbosch Vineyards Limited Release Cinsault also joined the esteemed Top 100 list. Additionally, both the Verdelho and Cinsault were rated the best in their respective categories.
The Stellenbosch Vineyards Limited Release Verdelho 2018 is an example of the winemaking’s team innovative spirit, with the first Verdelho vintage launched in 2015.
The grapes for the Limited Release Verdelho 2018 were sourced from a single vineyard close to the cellar. The inspiration to plant this variety in Stellenbosch came from its suitability in warmer climates and the success in the Duoro as well as the Swan Valley (Australia).
Stellenbosch Vineyards Limited Release Cinsault 2018 was the second release of a wine which has already achieved notable recognition since its inception into the range. As a cultivar with great historical significance of the Cape, being planted since the 19th century, Cinsault has regained favour and status as a single varietal wine in Stellenbosch.
The Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo SMV 2017 carries a story of triumphing chance. A bold blend of Shiraz, Merlot and Viognier, the winemakers decided to replace the more traditional blending component, Mourvèdre, with Merlot and have not looked back since.
Stellenbosch Vineyards also achieved success in other categories of the NWC/Top 100 South African Wine Awards, including five Double Gold and four Double Silver medals for wines in the Credo and Signature ranges.