Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2016

A third Gold Medal for Delaire Graff

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The Delaire Graff Estate Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2015 has added a third Concours Mondial du Sauvignon gold medal to its formidable armoury of awards. Twice a winner of an Old Mutual Trophy, this gold medal further underpins the wine’s fast growing status as one of the varietal icons of South Africa.

The Concours Mondial du Sauvignon celebrates Sauvignon Blanc as a varietal capable of reflecting vintage and terroir in its truest form. First produced in 2010, the Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée once again successfully embodied the character of South African Sauvignon Blanc for the panel of international judges. A multi-regional blend of Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch, Durbanville, Darling and Franschhoek, the Coastal Cuvée showcases the fresh, crisp and fruity characteristics which define the Sauvignon Blancs of the Coastal Region.

In total, over 900 entries from 23 wine growing nations were scored by a panel of 74 judges including Christian Eedes, the only South African on the judging panel. Wines were tasted blind in flights grouped based on characteristic and thereby categorised by vintage and origin.

Overall, judges noted the considerable quality of the 2015 vintage and a general increase in standard. A total of 272 medals were awarded of which 95 were Gold. The Coastal Cuvée 2015 was one of just three South African wines to receive a Gold Medal.

Panel Judge Christian Eedes said, “The value of the CM du Sauvignon is that you have some 70 wine professionals drawn from all over the world focusing exclusively on Sauvignon Blanc for two mornings of judging – the result is that what gets rewarded are wines of high fundamental quality, rather than those that sit at a stylistic extreme.”

Delaire Graff Estate congratulates winemaker Morné Vrey, viticulturists Kallie Fernhout and Kevin Watt, and the Delaire Graff Estate cellar team on this tremendous achievement.

To view all the results, visit Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

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