In an evening full of surprises, South Africa emerged triumphant from last night’s Decanter World Wine Awards.
The country won 12 Regional Trophies and an amazing six International Trophies – among them the International Bordeaux Varietal Trophy (Under £10) and the International Rhone Varietal Trophy (Over £10)
Cederberg Shiraz won in the Rhone category, while Amani Vineyards Cabernet Franc-Merlot took the Bordeaux Trophy.
Only 26 International Trophies are awarded. The only other region to come close was Australia with four – but it enters hundreds more wines.
Against intense competition South Africa swept the board in Chardonnay, winning the International Trophies in both the Under £10 and Over £10 categories with Paul Cluver Elgin and Rustenberg Five Soldiers respectively – beating the best that Burgundy, Australia and Washington State could offer.
Then it took the International Sauvignon Blanc Under £10 Trophy – beating top Chilean and New Zealand wines.
Jo Mason, UK market manager for Wines of South Africa, said. ‘South Africa is increasingly viewed as a producer of premium wines with distinctive regional characteristics.’
Written by Adam Lechmere