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Lorraine Immelman established the Michelangelo in 1997 with the purpose of giving local wines the opportunity of being judged by an international panel of wine experts. She is still today the sole owner and organises the annual event with the help of her small team.
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2014 Competition Dates
Early bird entries: R800 per entry, if entry forms and payment received between 30 June to 18 July. Please note: No wines will be received during June. Please only deliver wines from 1 July to Romond Wines, Klein Helderberg Road, R44, Somerset West.
Later entries: R850 per entry, if received and paid for after 18 July 2014
Judging: 17 to 23 August, Romond Wines, Somerset West
Awards function: Friday, 12 September 2014, Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West

Michelangelo entries are open

Acclaimed international judges are getting ready to travel to Cape Town to appraise wine, brandy, MCC and liqueur entries for this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards.

Early bird entries, at a reduced rate, close Friday 18 July and final submission for entries and samples are Thursday 31 July. Entries are open and can be submitted via the website.

Over the last 18 years of the Michelangelo’s existence it has proved itself to be the definitive wine competition held on South African soil. Reasons to enter:

  • Judges are international specialists, sommeliers, wine masters, wine writers and wine makers. Christine Rudman (CWM), the only South African judge, completes the panel.
  • The Michelangelo is the second oldest wine competition in South Africa.
  • No minimum stock available is required. Therefore the competition is also accessible to the boutique producer.
  • Unlabelled wine and barrel or tank samples are accepted – provided the entry is accompanied by a WSR2 or an independent lab analysis.
  • The Michelangelo was the first South African competition to honour the finest brandy with a trophy.
  • This is the only South African competition that acknowledges and awards the small winemaker (Garagiste).
  • Annual entries are currently in the region of 1,500 - which makes it the second largest wine competition in South Africa.

“The Michelangelo offers entrants the opportunity to be adjudicated by international judges against a very significant quantity of competitors. All our judges are hand-picked and come with loads of international judging experience,” says managing director Lorraine Immelman. This year’s panel of fifteen judges resides in as many countries.

All entries are judged blind using the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) 100-point system. The judging process and all results are audited by DDI Financial Solutions.

Entrants can be bestowed with a platinum, Gran d’Or, gold or silver award sticker. As per the competition’s rules no bronze stickers will be awarded. The platinum tier is positioned above the Gran d’Or tier and honours products with a score of 98 and above.

“We are also very pleased to have Collotype Labels on board as prime sponsor. This presented the opportunity to relook the design of the trophy and award stickers, adding an interesting new look to especially the trophy stickers.

In total fifteen trophies will again be awarded this year. Trophies include accolades for the Best Pinotage, the Best Dessert Wine as well as Fairtrade Red and White Trophies, an Organic Trophy and a trophy for the competition’s Top Producer. The Fairtrade trophies, awarded to Fairtrade certified wineries for the fourth year running, are sponsored by Pick ‘n Pay in support of the best ethically and sustainably produced wines. African Cellar Suppliers will again sponsor the trophy for the Best Method Cap Classique Trophy and Toneleria Naçional for the Best Coffee/Mocha-Style Pinotage Trophy. Special awards will also be made in the new Liqueur Awards.

Introducing a platform for liqueurs and fruit wines

The Michelangelo has announced the Michelangelo International LiqueurAwards, which will run concurrently with the 2014 competition in August.For the first time liqueurswill this year be judged by a panel of international liqueur experts, lead by Austrian liqueur expert, JochenErler and Dutch Liquorist, Rene van Hoven.

“We are very excited and so proud to add to this year’s line-up Austrian liqueur specialist, Jochen Erler,” says Michelangelo International Wine Awards MD, Lorraine Immelman.“Jochenis a permanent member of the IWSC Austria, and has more than twenty years’ experience judging wines, spirits and liqueurs.”

Also joining the liqueur panel is Dutch specialist Rene van Hoven. He holds a Bachelors degree in Spirits:Liquorist and has been judging liqueurs all over the world for the past decade.

“Not enough recognition is given to liqueurs, but winning a prestigious Michelangelo medal from an international panel of experts would give these products greater credibility and set them apart from their competitors,” says Lorraine.

Jochen says,”A good taster will in most cases certainly detect whether flavours are natural or artificial, and if the aroma-giving ingredients are sufficient. However, there are many criteria – including the alcohol content – which play a role, and are taken into account when judging a liqueur product.”

Michelangelo award stickers give recognition and awareness

For producers in particular who export their wine, liqueurs and brandy products, award stickers are very important. We find that especially consumers and importers are highly aware of award stickers on bottles, often even asking to see the physical gold or Gran d’Or medal.”

Liqueur producers will now be given the same opportunities with highly acclaimed and respected international specialists who will judge their products in this year’s Michelangelo.

“We will be inviting entries from producers and importers of cream and fruit liqueurs (liqueurs made of fruit other than grapes) as well as those made of berries and other fruit such as citrus and tropical fruit, roots (such as ginger), herbs (such as rooibos)and flowers,” says Lorraine.

Collotype Labels to back Michelangelo International Wine Awards

Currently entering its 18th year, South Africa’s international wine awards, the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, now has the support of the world’s largest wine label printing company - Collotype Labels.

Established in 1903 in Adelaide, Australia, Collotype has grown to become a much-awarded premium label printer with sites in wine-producing regions around the world.

“We are really excited by the opportunities opened up by this new sponsorship,” says Michelangelo MD, Lorraine Immelman. “As the wine and spirit label division of American-based Multi-Color Corporation, Collotype supports a global industry - which in itself offers a multiple of networking prospects.”

Collotype South Africa’s Managing Director, Rian Moore, commented, “We’re very pleased to be associated with such a prestigious and well-respected competition as the Michelangelo. Our involvement further underlines our commitment to the industry we serve so closely.”

As primary sponsor, Collotype will be responsible for the supply of all Michelangelo Platinum, Gran d’Or, gold and award stickers, as well as those for the 15 individual Michelangelo trophies.

Collotype MD, Rian Moore, Lorraine Immelman and Collotype technical director, Zoyon le Seur.

2013 Winners Announced

Our international judges have spoken, and the medals and trophies have been awarded! All results on the link below:

View Results 2013

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

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Judges 2013

Our dynamic international panel for 2013 has been confirmed:

  1. Christoph Merchiers - Belgium
  2. Geoffrey Adams - United Kingdom
  3. Liam Campbell - Ireland
  4. Sherwin Lao - Philippines
  5. Ralf Bengel - Germany
  6. Joelle Thomson - New Zealand
  7. Timo Jokinen - Finland
  8. Dominic Rizzi - Luxembourg
  9. Sue van Wyk - Australia (technical director)
  10. Christine Rudman - South Africa
  11. Christine Austin - United Kingdom
  12. Robert Gorjak - Slovenia
  13. Reva Singh - India
  14. Riccardo Margheri - Italy
  15. Andrej Ondrejmiska - Slovakia
  16. Maria Katsouli - Greece

Label Collection

Please note that Michelangelo Award Labels (gold, silver and double gold) will no longer be available for collection from 18 Suikerbossie Drive in Gordon's Bay. Until further notice, labels can be collected from Ielanda Koen at 2 Ferndale Street, Bracken Heights, Brackenfell. Please contact Ielanda on 082 4686486 to make arrangements.

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