Delaire Graff Estate is proud to announce their recent success at the 2019 Six Nations Wine Challenge having excelled in the white wine categories. The Terraced Block Reserve Chardonnay 2017 and Swartland Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018 shone within their respective classes, each receiving Double Gold with the Terraced Block Reserve ranking Second in Class for the Chardonnay category. Added to this, Gold was awarded for the Coastal Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc 2018.
Placing as the Runner Up on the Chardonnay category ranks the Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve Chardonnay as a leader amongst its peers in the New World. A single vineyard from the slopes of the Estate’s mountainous vineyards, the Terraced Block Reserve Chardonnay is perhaps one of the most site specific Chardonnays within South Africa. Its site, contoured and sloped as an amphitheatre, offers varying exposure to the vibrant African sun creating a complexity within the wine which is unique to the footprint of the Estate.
A prestigious and forward thinking wine challenge, the Six Nations celebrates the innovation in winemaking coming out of the New World. Participant countries – United States, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand – have each designated their most influential judge as their respective champions. Each judge takes on the daunting task of nominating the top 100 wines from their nation covering 16 typical varietal classes. The New World nations were chosen in light of their proven quality coupled with their judge’s view that there was sufficient range to compete and to win, the ultimate objective being to determine the Nation of Show.
Unique in concept and practice, the Six Nations Wine Challenge is the only wine show in the world in which wines are selected to participate exclusively by invitation from the judges. Michael Fridjhon assumes the role of representative and judge for South Africa. Fridjhon is widely respected as the country’s most regarded and influential wine critic, commentator and strategist.
Having represented South Africa on the international stage consistently the past five challenges, Delaire Graff Estate has received 5 Gold, 4 Double Gold and 2 Runner Up merits.
SUMMARY OF ACHIEVEMENTS:
DOUBLE GOLD & RUNNER UP MERIT
Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve Chardonnay 2017
Delaire Graff Swartland Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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