Groot Constantia wins wine award

From left, are estate manager and viticulturist Floricius Beukes, vineyard supervisor Daniel Thana, cellar supervisor Johannes Warries and chief executive officer Jean Naudé at Groot Constantia.

Groot Constantia won a prestigious award for its chardonnay at the 2019 Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards held at the Tsogo Sun Hotels in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The estate’s Chardonnay 2018 took the Wine Grand Prix Award, seeing off competition from 11 countries to be crowned the undisputed winner across all entries.

The judging started in August and the results were announced last Friday.

Less than 10% of over 2 000 entries are awarded the Michaelangelo Double Gold medals. To earn this award, a product must have been awarded upwards of 93 out of a possible 100 points.

Groot Constantia also won a trophy for its Shiraz 2016 – which was the highest scoring product in its class – as well as Double-Gold for its Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, and two Gold Awards for its Shiraz 2017 and Grand Constance 2016,

Wines which win Gold have been awarded between 89 and 92.9 out of a possible 100 points by the international panel of 28 judges from five continents.

“This is a fantastic result and a treasured moment,” said Boela Gerber, winemaker for Groot Constantia.

This is not the first time the estate’s chardonnay has been hailed in an International competition. In 2015 Groot Constantia’s chardonnay was judged as the Best In The World at the Chardonnay Du Monde Competition in France.

Earlier this year, the Groot Constantia Chardonnay won Gold at the same competition and was one of only two South African chardonnays to feature in the Top 10.