Exciting new trophies, three platinum awards and 490 medals awarded to 1415 entries in the 2013 awards!
The 17th Michelangelo (sponsored by Rotolabel) marked another highlight on the 2013 wine calendar with the results being announced at a glittering gala luncheon on Friday, 6 September.
Two new trophies, namely the African Cellar Suppliers (ACS) Trophy for Best Method Cap Classique and The ToneleriaNaçional Best Pinotage Coffee Trophy, as well as the new tier for Platinum Awards caused much excitement.
Three inaugural platinum awards were made for wines rated “of superior quality” and scoring higher than 98 points: KleineZalze, Saronsberg Cellar and Grundheim Wines.
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 in 1997 more than 160 international wine experts from 37 countries have served on the judging panels, which is why this competition is unique in South Africa – judges are unbiased, professional experts with international experience in wine adjudication.
‘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, France, Argentinia and Canada.
Technical director for the Awards, Sue van Wyk CWM from Australia, said several judges commented on the improved quality of the CheninBlancs 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 and 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. Domaine des Dieux walked off 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 this year received the Best Fairtrade Red Wine Trophy, sponsored by Pick n Pay, for their Stellenrust Cabernet Franc 2010.
Above: 2013 Trophy Winners