Badsberg Wine Cellar from Rawsonville in the Breedekloof Valley was crowned top laureate with one platinum and two gold awards at the 17th annual Muskadel SA Awards, sponsored by Enartis SA. The award function was held on 23 May at Noop Restaurant in Paarl.
The platinum award went to Badsberg’s Red Muscadel 2017, while the 2008 and 2009 Red Muscadel won gold.
Mont Blois Pump House White Muscadel 2016, the only other wine to take a Platinum award, is made from grapes cultivated from vineyards that are 26 years old and only 330 cases were produced.
“As is often reported in the media, the wine industry as well as the rest of the agricultural industry is suffering from severe drought at the moment – we are very happy with muscadel because it is one of the first grape varieties to ripen, the heat helps the grapes build up a good concentration of sugar.
Harvest numbers are down, but the quality is high and we were very pleased with the quality entries we received,” says Henri Swiegers, chairman of Muskadel SA.
Front l to r: Stian Victor (Badsberg), Philip Viljoen (Bon Courage), Henri Swiegers (Muskadel SA Chairperson), Nina-Mari Bruwer (Mont Blois) en Antoinette van Zyl (Enartis SA).
Back l to r: Carlo Sciocatti (Montagu Wine & Spirits), Phillip Vercueil (De Wet Cellar), Johan Hugo (Orange River Cellars), Tiaan Loubser (Du Toitskloof) en Werner du Plessis (Slanghoek).
Photographer: Julian Kruger Photography.
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