#HLDiscovery: Exceptional and Award-Winning Wines
This is what's on our radar this week.
There is no doubt that South Africans have access to a large variety of remarkable wines. Many of these are award-winning wines, but there are also new releases and established favourites that are creating a buzz in the industry. In this week's #HLDiscovery list, we take a look at five wines that have us excited at the moment.
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5 Exceptional Wines the Wine Industry Is Excited About Now
1. Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2017
The newest addtion to Overhex's Swartland wine range is the Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2017, and it's already making waves.
The wine triumphed at the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, winning a Gold Medal for the Best Pinotage of the competition. It was one of 54 pinotages that was entered in the wine show this year.
The Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2017 is a limited-edition release, and tehre are only 1500 individually numbered bottles available. It is made with 100% Swartland Pinotage grapes, and is a hearty expression of black cherries, black olives and chocolate complemented by elegant notes of cedar and oak.
2. Spier's Seward Range
Spier has released a new duo of wines that celebrate the benefits of growing grapes along the coast. Appropriately named Seward, there is a lightly-wooded Chardonnay and a layered, spicy Shiraz.
The wines fall under the internationally recognised Spier stable, and are great expressions of their unique terroir. Cellarmaster Frans Smit says, 'These vines grow in some of the oldest soils in the world, which contain decomposed granite and weathered shale that give the wine an intensity of flavour.'
3. Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2018
The latest vintage of Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2018 has triumphed as South Africa’s best white wine overall, and the top Sauvignon Blanc, having been awarded two trophies at the 2019 International Wine Challenge in London earlier this year.
It achieved a remarkable score of 96 points out of a possible 100, and was described by the judges as a 'breezy, stony, but succulent wine' that showcases a 'disciplined and deep core and intricate aromatics of flint and Cape gooseberry'.
4. VOGA wines
For anyone looking for some international brands to add diversity to your tasting offering at home, consider VOGA wines. The label is making waves with its award-winning, Italian-harvested wines contained in unique packaging.
VOGA Italia is the perfect expression of Italian design and craftsmanship in wine, and also embraces the contemporary. The VOGA Italia collection includes the Pinot Grigio, Red Fusion, Moscato, Rosa (Rosé), and Sparkling Rosa, and all come in innovative, reusable cylinder-shaped glass bottles.
5. Delheim's Pinotage releases
It is Pinotage season, and Delhiem has released two new vintages that set the trend for the expression of this uniquely South African varietal.
Delheim Pinotage and Delheim Pinotage Rosé each have long pedigrees of excellence; the Pinotage 2017 is full of character and complexity, with juicy fruit aromas, undertones of perfume and cloves, and a rich crimson hue. The Pinotage Rosé 2019 is fun and floral in character, and has a salmon hue and pomegranate and cranberry on the nose, with nuances of candy floss and floral blooms.