Winning Wines

Our local favourites come out tops on the awards scene

Nederburg does it again!

Nederburg has been included in the highly anticipated top 50 list of the World’s Most Admired Wine Brands by UK publication Drinks International for a fourth consecutive year in 2019.

The Paarl winery is one of only two South African wine brands to appear on this year’s top 50 list, selected by 200 of the most renowned names in the global wine industry, and strengthened by the expertise of well-known specialist wine market research and consultancy firm Wine Intelligence, which helped conduct the 2019 survey. 

According to Drinks International, to make it into the international line-up of the top 50 wine brands demands consistent or improving quality, a reflection of region or country of origin, a responsiveness to the needs and tastes of target audiences, excellent marketing and packaging and a strong appeal to a wide demographic. 

Niël Groenewald, MD of Nederburg, says: “What an honour for Nederburg to be featured, for a fourth time in a row, in this esteemed international list of top global wine brands! We are delighted by this news and especially thankful to our viticulture and winemaking teams for their zealous focus on innovation, not merely for the sake of newness but to see how they can continually improve what they do. They continue to explore new wine-growing areas, plant new vines, and trial new cultivars, blends and techniques to maintain Nederburg’s name as the byword in South African wine excellence. It’s their adventurous spirit and sense of curiosity that drives them to keep discovering and experimenting.”    

Nederburg’s success as one of South Africa’s most lauded names in wine is built on a rich history and tradition of winemaking excellence spanning more than 200 years.

Nederburg’s success as one of South Africa’s most lauded names in wine is built on a rich history and tradition of winemaking excellence spanning more than 200 years.

The winery prides itself on its ability to produce both speciality and popular wines. It grows its own grapes, but also sources fruit from a long-standing network of supplier growers across the Cape, giving it access to excellent quality grapes. Its cellar is designed to simultaneously produce connoisseur and mainstream wines for export to more than 80 countries across the world. Nederburg was one of the first South African wine brands to enter the international market and has been trading in Germany for three decades. 

Roodeberg goes the distance at 10-Year-Old Wine Awards

Roodeberg, the legendary South African red blend celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has stood out in fine company as a brand with staying power in the 10-Year-Old Wine Awards 2019.

Achieving the second-highest score of 92/100, the 2009 Roodeberg was ranked third in an impressive line-up of nine wines that broke the venerable 90-point barrier in the red blend category.


A record number of 92 entries from 42 producers participated in the competition, held annually under the winemag.co.za banner to showcase age-worthy South African wines. All the entries this year hailed from the 2009 vintage, generally held as one of the best in living memory.

Roodeberg’s achievement is the latest feather in the cap of this signature red blend that has stood the test of time, creating memorable moments and bringing friends together the world over since 1949.

Its rich heritage and colourful tapestry of wine folklore has seen Roodeberg evolve from the master’s original blend to an accessible, contemporary classic.

Roodeberg is the brainchild of Dr Charles Niehaus, a legendary pioneer of the South African wine industry, who led much wine development at KWV in the early 40s. Today, Louwritz Louw follows the string of fine winemakers who have borne the torch Dr Niehaus first lit, proudly continuing the Roodeberg tradition.

Survivor gold rush at International Wine competition

Survivor, the free-spirited Swartland wine range, has triumphed at the 2019 Mundus Vini Spring Tasting in Germany with gold medals for two of its red wines.

The gold medallists are Survivor Pinotage 2017 and Survivor Wild Yeast Syrah 2017, the brand-new addition to the trusty Survivor fold.

Both wines were among the award winners showcased at ProWein in Düsseldorf, the world’s largest trade fair for wine and spirits. Mundus Vini, founded 18 years ago by the publishing company Meininger Verlag, is Germany’s leading wine competition. The judging panel for the 2019 Spring Tasting comprised 260 wine experts from 50 countries who assessed 7 200 wines over six days from 156 wine-growing regions across the globe.

The just-released Survivor Wild Yeast Syrah 2017 is a dark, full-bodied wine with luscious layers of violets, blackberries and spice supported by soft, supple tannins. This 100% Syrah was fermented in 500L French oak barrels using only naturally occurring yeasts.

Survivor Pinotage 2017, the second 2019 Mundus Vini gold medallist in this intrepid range, is a barrel-matured pure-blooded Swartland wine teeming with hearty fruit flavours such as prune, plum and cherry, complemented by elegant spice and cedar notes.

Survivor takes its name from the tale of a hardy Nguni cow that jumped off an open bakkie while being transported from one Swartland farm to another, landing unscathed in the middle of a vineyard. A metaphor for brave choices, the story of the Nguni cow continues to inspire this adventurous wine range from Overhex Wines International.

Tokara excels for third consecutive year at 10-Year-Old Wine Awards

Tokara, the acclaimed family-owned Stellenbosch wine estate, has excelled as a top-performing cellar at the 10-Year-Old Wine Awards 2019 for the third consecutive year.

Showing its prowess as a world-class producer of red and white wines of remarkable ageability and consistency, Tokara was ranked second-highest performer overall with 90 points or more awarded to all five of its wines entered in the competition this year. Tokara had the highest-scoring chardonnay, white blend and joint-highest red blend with all three category winners scoring 93 on the 100-point scale.

The five Tokara 2009 wines awarded 90 points or higher are the Reserve Collection Chardonnay, Directors Reserve White and Directors Reserve Red, all scoring 93/100, followed by the Reserve Collection Noble Late Harvest and Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc, both on 90 points.

“This is Tokara’s third foray into the 10-Year-Old Wine Awards. We pride ourselves not only on the consistency and longevity of our wines but also of our people. Our viticulturist Aidan Morton is the scientist behind our vineyards and coupled with the youthful exuberance of Stuart Botha in the cellar, it is a perfect match,” says Karl Lambour, Tokara general manager.

These award-winning wines are a reflection of everything the estate stands for – refinement, elegance and balance and above all, are a true expression of place.