Carla van der Merwe, 12 May 2016
Benguela Cove are delighted to announce that they have won a Silver medal in the 2016 International Wine Challenge for the maiden vintage of their Benguela Cove Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015.
The International Wine Challenge (IWC) announced its 2016 medal results on Wednesday, 11 May following two weeks of intensive blind tasting in London during April. Amongst the big winners, the international panel of expert judges discovered more than a few surprise winners from all corners of the globe.
The IWC brings together many of the most important people in the wine world as judges for this prestigious wine competition. Five chairmen, each of them leaders in their field, have been at the helm for this year's IWC. Between them, they taste every single medal-winning wine, ensuring that only the best succeed. They are Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke, Charles Metcalfe, Sam Harrop MW and Peter McCombie MW.
South African winemakers had a standout year as the panels of international wine experts awarded South Africa’s wines a total of 288 medals. The results reflected excellent results for white wines, with two-thirds of the Gold medals being awarded to whites. Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc led the charge, although top prizes were also awarded to wines made from Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Semillon.
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is a 20200-hectareifestyle farm and exclusive luxury estate situated in Walker Bay, Hermanus. Overlooking the Bot River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean; the favourable maritime conditions ensures that this unique terroir produces outstanding quality grapes.
An important aspect of growing Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon is deciding when to pick the grapes. Flavour development must be achieved and should be balanced with acidity. This can only be achieved through constant tasting of the grapes through the ripening period, an aspect that demands a lot of time from viticulturist and winemaker alike.
Canopy management played an important role in achieving the desired level of sunlight into the vines. The trellised vines were carefully tended to ensure that the perfect amount of fruit exposure and light penetration was achieved.
Cool temperate conditions during the growing season resulted in small, concentrated berries. Veraison was even, thereby ensuring even ripening of the grapes. The period was characterised by low disease incidence and lower yields to deliver a well-balanced wine that offers intense fruit flavours.
The Benguela Cove Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is full-bodied and exhibits a distinct tangy, savoury component reminiscent of the sea breeze that highlights the maritime aspects of its unique terroir. Enjoy this wine on its own or pair it with green leaf salads, salmon-based sushi dishes or seafood dishes such as fish, shellfish or oysters. While this wine is enjoyable immediately it has the ability to age gracefully and interestingly for two to four years and patient cellaring will definitely be rewarded. Visit shop.benguelacove.co.za to purchase a bottle R140.
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