Oldenburg Vineyards has triumphed at this year’s National Wine Challenge/Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2017, demonstrating once again that quality can trump quantity in the world of great wines. The boutique Stellenbosch winery of the Banghoek Valley was awarded eight medals with two of its wines ascending to the auspicious list of South Africa’s Top 100 Wines.
The championship aims to identify winning wines by cultivar and blend, with medals awarded for top-scoring wines. The Top 100 highest scoring wines form the elite – the Top 100 SA Wines 2017, a club of the country’s finest. Now in its 7th year, the challenge again saw respected UK wine authority Jamie Goode chair its panel of judges.
Topping the roll of honour this year was the Oldenburg Vineyards Shiraz 2013 and Viognier 2015, to which the expert panel awarded Grand Cru status and selection as Double Platinum Top 100 SA Wines. Double Gold medals were awarded to the Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2014, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and red blend, Rhodium 2013, while wines that collected Double Silver were the Oldenburg Vineyards Chardonnay 2016, Chenin Blanc 2016 and Merlot 2013.
“The Oldenburg Syrah 2013 Double Platinum Award means that we are now firmly ensconced in the Top 100 Shiraz Dux list; this being our third win,” says Oldenburg Vineyards and Winemaking general manager Philip Costandius. “While our Syrah is hot on the heels of the Cabernet Franc, the award for the Viognier 2015 is simply a delightful surprise and resonates with my own love of the cultivar.”
Oldenburg Vineyards owner Adrian Vanderspuy says the wines’ achievements are a very exciting development. “We have always believed in the excellence of Oldenburg’s small corner of cool climate Stellenbosch and results like these add to our enthusiasm.”
Oldenburg Vineyards is an independent family run boutique winery and was among the first to plant vineyards in the valley during the 1960's. It handcrafts small quantities of both red and white wines, using only grapes from the estate. Careful study of soils, temperatures, wind variations and sunlight aspects led to planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot, Grenache Noir, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, as well as a few more unusual blending varieties. Its vineyards are situated approximately 300 to 450m above sea level, providing average temperatures slightly lower than the regional average and ensuring optimal conditions for the development of premium quality fruit.
Central to the winery’s philosophy is the belief that great wines only come from the highest quality grapes.
“These awards speak volumes about the vision of owner Adrian Vanderspuy’s investment in this magical Banghoek terroir, the viti-and viniculture prowess of Philip Costandius, and our ability to take Oldenburg to our aspiration of best in class” Judi Dyer (MD Oldenburg Vineyards)
From vineyard to bottle, Oldenburg Vineyards makes no compromise in the delivery of potential offered by its magnificent mountain terroir. The stunning natural beauty of its location inspires the estate’s sustainable approach to the land, business, and the surrounding environment.
It has a social responsibility programme to the benefit of its staff and local community; has full certification with WIETA, the agricultural ethical trade initiative; and, it was among the first to have its wines certified under the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) scheme.
Oldenburg Vineyards wines, including the most recent competition winners, are available directly from the estate and leading wine stores. Sign up as a member of its wine club to get access to special releases and other member-only privileges.
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The Banghoek Valley that is home to Oldenburg Vineyards is famed as a top wine region of Stellenbosch. The scenic estate and luxurious homestead is situated off the R310 to Franschhoek, just minutes over the Helshoogte Pass and the Stellenbosch CBD.