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Outstanding quality honoured at 17th Michelangelo Awards
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Results of the 17th annual Michelangelo International Wine Awards sponsored by Rotolabel were announced at a gala luncheon held at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on 6 September 2013.

This year a platinum tier and two additional trophies were introduced to the competition. African Cellar Suppliers sponsors the Best Method Cap Classique Trophy and The Toneleria Naçional Best Pinotage Coffee Trophy.
 
The platinum tier has been added above the Gran d'Or medals for superior wines scoring higher than 98 points. To muster a platinum medal is a significant achievement and honours exceptional quality. A total of 1,415 entries were received and only three entrants; Kleine Zalze, Saronsberg Cellar and Grundheim Wines, can boast a platinum medal for 2013.
 
A panel of 16 wine and brandy specialists from 15 countries judged the entries from the 12th to the 17th of August at Romond Vineyards in Somerset West. Since the competition's inception more than 160 international wine experts from 37 countries have served on the judging panels.
 
'The Michelangelo competition offers value to their entrants,' says Lorraine Immelman, founder and owner of the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, adding, 'The competition provides a platform for local wines to be judged by a panel of international judges on local soil and to compete against entries from other countries.' This year international entries were received from Chile, Italy, New Zealand.
 
Technical director for the Awards, Sue van Wyk CWM from Australia, said several judges commented on the improved quality of the Chenin Blancs and Pinotage, further stating that these wines' high standard provides a platform for the industry to build local and international markets. South African Shiraz always impressive an this year was no exception. Other categories that impressed the judges were Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
 
Apart from the three platinum medals, 58 gran d'or medals were awarded, 197 gold and 235 silver. According to the competition rules no bronze medals are awarded and only the top third of entrants are awarded a medal.
 
The Sauvignon Blanc class received the most entries, namely a record number of 173; awarded seven gran d'or, 20 gold and 33 silver medals.  The Pinotage category received 107 entries and walked away with an impressive ten gran d'or medal winners, thereby leading the run and followed by Shiraz's eight. This year saw a record number of 161 Shiraz entries, apart from the gran d'or medals received also being honoured with 21 gold and 31 silver medals.
 
The trophy winners

This year two new trophies were introduced into the competition. African Cellar Suppliers has come on board as sponsor for the Best Method Cap Classique Trophy and Domaine des Dieux walked away with this honour for their Domaine des Dieux Rose of Sharon 2008. The Toneleria Naçional Best Pinotage Coffee Trophy was awarded to Boland Cellar’s Cappupino Ccinotage 2012.
 
Building on last year's success Stellenrust Estate received the Best Fairtrade Red Wine Trophy for their Stellenrust Cabernet Franc 2010.
 
The coveted Rotolabel Grand Prix Trophy is awarded by the judges as their collective best entry and this year the Boschkloof Syrah 2010 which  were honoured with this trophy.

The trophy winners:
 

Rotolabel Grand Prix Trophy

Boschkloof Wines
Boschkloof Syrah 2010

RX South Africa Organic Trophy

Laibach Vineyards
Woolworths White Ladybird Chardonnay

Garagiste Trophy

Topaz Wine Company
Topaz Shiraz/Mourvédre 2012

Sue van Wyk Pinotage Trophy

Wildekrans Wine Estate
Barrel Select Reserve Pinotage 2011

Grotto Trophy Top Producer Trophy

Perdeberg Winery

Golden Oldie Trophy

Welbedacht Wine Estate
Chenin Blanc 2005

Brandy Trophy

Distell Pty
Van Ryn’s Fine Cask Reserve 15 Year Old

AfriRack Best Dessert Wine Trophy

Grundheim Wines
Grundheim Rosyntjiewyn 2011

Best International Entry

Villa Maria Estate
Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawks Bay Syrah 2009

Best Fairtrade Red Wine Trophy

Stellenrust Estate
Stellenrust Cabernet Franc 2010

Best Fairtrade White Wine Trophy

Koopmanskloof Wingerde
Koopmanskloof Chardonnay 2013

Tonnellerie de Mercurey Best Bordeaux Style Red Blend Trophy

Grande Provence
Grand Provence 2009

Toneleria Naçional Coffee Pinotage Trophy

Boland Cellar
Cappupino Ccinotage 2012

African Cellars Suppliers MCC Trophy

Domaine des Dieux
Domaine des Dieux Rose of Sharon 2008


Medal winners

All entries were judged blind using the 100-point system. The judging process and all results were audited by DDI Financial Solutions.

The following wines were awarded Platinum medals:

Estate

Wine

Vintage

Kleine Zalze

Vineyard Selection Chardonnay

2012

Saronsberg Cellar

Saronsberg Full Circle

2011

Grundheim Wyne

Grundheim Rosyntjiewyn

2011


The following wines were awarded Grand D'Or medals:

Estate

Wine

Vintage

Anura

Anura Pinotage Reserve

2011

Bergsig Estate

Bergsig Icarus

2010

Beyerskloof

Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage

2011

Boland Cellar

Cappupino Ccinotage

2012

Boplaas Family Vineyards

Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve

NV

Boplaas Family Vineyards

Boplaas GAMKA

2012

Boschkloof

Boschkloof Syrah

2010

Checkers Odd Bins

Odd Bins Bin 242 Sauvignon Blanc

2013

Checkers Odd Bins

Odd Bins Bin 239 Sauvignon Blanc

2013

Clos Malverne

Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve

2011

Conradie Family Vineyards

Conradie Family Vineyards Pinotage

2012

De Grendel

De Grendel Shiraz

2011

De Wetshof Estate

Danie de Wet Nature in Concert Pinot Noir

2009

Diemersdal Wine Estate

Diemersdal Chardonnay Unwooded

2013

Domaine des Dieux

Rosé of Sharon MCC

2008

Durbanville Hills Wines

Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc

2013

Durbanville Hills Wines

Rhinofields NLH

2012

Excelsior Wine Estate

Excelsior Viognier

2013

Flagstone

Flagstone Music Room

2010

Fort Simon

Fort Simon Shiraz

2009

Goudini Wine Cellar

Goudini Unwooded Chardonnay

2013

Grande Provence

Grande Provence Red Blend

2009

Groot Constantia Wine Estate

Grand Constance

2010

Hidden Valley Wines

Hidden Valley Shiraz/Tannat

2011

Journey's End

Journey's End Shiraz

2007

Klein Doolhof

Klein Doolhof Chenin Blanc

2012

Kleine Zalze

Vineyard Selection Shiraz Mourvédre Viognier

2011

Koelfontein Estate

Koelfontein Chardonnay

2011

Koopmanskloof Wingerde

Chardonnay

2013

La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme Merlot

2012

L'Avenir

L'Avenir Grand Vin Pinotage

2010

Lazanou Organic Vineyards

Lazanou Viognier

2013

Linton Park Wines

Linton Park Chardonnay

2013

Lutzville Vineyards

Lutzville Francois le Vaillant NLH

2012

Lutzville Vineyards

Diamond Collection Chenin Blanc

2012

Maastricht Wines

Maastricht Pinot Noir

2012

Marianne Wine Estate

Marianne Merlot

2009

Nitida Cellars

Nitida Calligraphy

2011

Noble Hill Wine Estate

Bloem Syrah, Mourvédre

2012

Ormonde Vineyards

Ondine Cabernet Franc

2009

Perdeberg Winery

The Dry Land Collection Pinotage

2011

Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock Pinotage Reserve

2012

Rickety Bridge Winery

Paulina's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

2012

Rijk's Private Cellar

Rijk's Private Cellar Chenin Blanc

2009

Robertson Winery

Retreat Sauvignon Blanc

2010

Rosendal Winery

Rosendal Barony August Cabernet Sauvignon

2011

Rustenberg Wines

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Buzzard Kloof Syrah

2010

Star Hill

Star Hill Sauvignon Blanc

2012

Topaz Wine Company

Topaz Shiraz/Mourvédre

2012

Val du Charron Wine & Olive Estate

VDC Chardonnay

2012

Van Ryn

Van Ryn Fine Cask Reserve 15 Year Old Brandy

 

Villa Maria New Zealand

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels
Hawkes Bay Syrah

2009

Vintners Drift

Vintners Drift Shiraz

2011

Welbedacht Wine Estate

Welbedacht Wine Estate Cricket Patch

2008

Wellington Wines

Wellington Wines La Cave Shiraz

2010

Wildekrans Wine Estate

Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve

2011

Windmeul Kelder

Windmeul Chenin Blanc Reserve

2012

Wonderfontein

La Bonne Vigne Sauvignon Blanc

2013


The 2013 judging panel
 
This year the judging panel consisted of 16 judges from fifteen different countries. The 2013 judges were:
 
1. Andrej Ondrejmiska, Slovakia
2. Chris Albas, Netherlands
3. Christine Austin, United Kingdom
4. Christine Rudman CWM, South Africa
5. Christoph Merchiers, Belgium
6. Dominique Rizzi, Luxembourg
7. Geoffrey Adams, United Kingdom
8. Joelle Thomson, New Zealand
9. Liam Campbell, Ireland
10. Maria Katsouli, Greece
11. Ralf Bengel, Germany
12. Reva K. Singh, India
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