International Wine and Spirit Competition
  • Following a wine tasting session by the International Wine and Spirits Competition in Cape Town last month, five SA wines scored 97 out of a possible 100.
  • A Spar-branded wine scored 95 points. 
  • One of the top scorers is on sale for R190 per bottle.
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Five wines were scored 97 points out of a possible 100 at this year's International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) – and not all of them are rare and expensive.

The top scorers include the De Grendel Shiraz 2017 which available for R190 per bottle directly from the cellar. 

Another wine, carrying the brand of the Spar supermarket chain, scored 95 points in tasting.

The 41-year-old IWSC awarded a raft of medals to South African wines following the tasting sessions in Cape Town last month. The range of winners demonstrates the consistent quality of South African wine-making, the IWSC said in a statement.

Winning producers included Kanonkop, Beyerskloof, Stellenrust, and Spier Wine Farm.

The latter received two gold medals for the Spier Seaward Sauvignon Blanc 2019 and Spier Creative Block 3 2016.

The Spar South African Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017 scored 95 points.

"Quality is also high in South African sparkling wines, with three bottle fermented sparklers achieving Gold medals: Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2014, Pongrácz MCC Blanc de Blancs NV, and Newstead MCC Brut 2015. The three wines were all produced in different vintages, showcasing the richness that comes from ageing sparkling wines," the organisation said.

16 wines scored 96 points, including cabernet sauvignons from Bartinney, Kanonkop, and Ormonde, and chardonnays from De Grendel and La Vierge, chenin blancs from Kleine Zalze and MAN.The list also includes the 2018 vintage Rustenburg Straw Wine, which sells for R110 per bottle.

Compiled by Bombi Mavundza. 

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