06 October 2017

2017 Top 3 Pinotage Rose Wines

This year saw the Pinotage Association’s first competition specifically for Pinotage Rosé wines.

The three wines, equal winners of the Award of Excellence, announced on 4 October 2017, are

Painted Wolf ‘TheDen’ Pinotage Rosé 2017
WO Paarl

Riebeek CellarsPinotage Rosé 2017 
WO Swartland
Rooiberg PinotageRosé 2017
WO Robertson

 “This is a very exciting addition to the competitions focusing on the different expressions of Pinotage,” said De Wet Viljoen, vice-chair of the Pinotage Association. “The winning rosé wines are refreshing and of great quality, reiterating the vision to incorporate and support various styles and market stakeholders.”

Competition judges were Jacques Roux (experienced judge and marketing director of DGB), Fred Viljoen and Johan Malan (proprietors and cellarmasters at Viljoensdrift and Simonsig respectively), Susan Erasmus (previously winemaker at Vrede en Lust and now at Laffort SA), Brad Gold (Cape Wine Master and head of marketing at Oak Valley) and Marené de Beer (winemaker at Altydgedacht).

 Runners up were
Asara Vineyard ‘Collection’ Pinotage Rosé 2017
WO Stellenbosch

Delheim ‘Worth the Journey’ Pinotage Rosé 2017
WO Stellenbosch

Kanonkop ‘Kadette’ Pinotage Dry Rosé 2017
WO Stellenbosch

Congratulations to all.

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