Neethlingshof has re-affirmed the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon and superb terroir after judges awarded Double Gold to the Neethlingshof Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 at the prestigious Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Competition awards on Friday. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the competition is said to have been one of the toughest to date.
In addition to the Double Gold, The Caracal 2015 Cabernet Sauvingon-led blend in Neethlingshof’s flagship Short Story Collection was singled out for Silver.
The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Competition is unique in South Africa, in that all judges are hand-picked wine experts, representing all seven continents around the globe. The competition received 1 600 entries from both South Africa and international producers around the globe. These are judged blind by panels of 5 judges, using the 100-point international OIV system. With 28 judges from 22 countries, Michelangelo is South Africa’s largest of its kind.
While highlighting the strength of Cabernet Savignon, the achievements by Neethlingshof at Michelangelo this year add to a long record of excellence at the estate. A consistent favourite of wine cogniscenti, Neethlingshof wines most recently scored 90+ in an annual review of South African wine by esteemed UK critic and Master of Wine, Tim Atkin. At the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards last year, it was Neethlingshof’s The Maria Noble Late Harvest that received a gold medal.
“Awards of this nature are always very welcome,” says Neethlingshof winemaker De Wet Viljoen, who heads up the winemaking team with viticulturist Hannes van Zyl. “We strive to produce wines in an international style. With almost 80% of the panel of judges at Michelangelo this year comprising overseas experts, we know we’re on the right track.”
The Cabernet Sauvignon for the Double Gold wine hails from west-facing vineyards that grow in decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone soils. Planted between 1987 and 1991, they lie at around 224m above sea level that exposes them to optimal growing conditions. The Neethlingshof Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is notable for its prominent cherry and blackberry aromas with oak spice in the background. On the palate the wine is full-bodied wine with a good tannin structure and abundant flavours of blackberries, cherries and vanilla oak spice.
Neethlingshof Wine Estate lies in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands and is flanked by the Bottelary Hills and Papegaaisberg Mountains. It has more than a dozen distinguishable terroirs that allows grape varieties to be matched perfectly with the best soil, aspect and climatic conditions.
The Neethlingshof Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 can be purchased from the brand home at R90.00 per bottle and the Short Story Collection Caracal 2015 at R220.00.
For more information on Neethlingshof’s wine range and other offerings, visit www.neethlingshof.co.za or phone 021 883 8988.