Looking for a world-class Pinot Noir from South Africa?
Who is the “King of Burgundy”?
The “King of Burgundy” or Pinot Noir is a notoriously fickle and challenging varietal to grow, which has earned its ‘heartbreak grape’ moniker. But sit down with a glass, and the complexity and intensity is pure raspberry and cherry delight.
In South Africa, the cooler wine regions of Hemel en Aarde and Elgin, have become home to this varietal – producing world-class Pinot Noirs. However other areas in South Africa also to produce quality Pinot Noirs, these wine regions are the Walker Bay area, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Breede Kloof Valley, Ceres, Tulbagh and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Awards
On 23 September 2020, a new South African wine competition focusing exclusively on Pinot Noir red wines, the Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Awards announced the winners of its inaugural 2020 awards.
Convened by the Top Five Trust in conjunction with the South African Pinot Noir Association, these awards identified five wines to serve as a benchmark for the development of distinctive South African Pinot Noir red wines.
One of the primary objectives of the competition is to illustrate the distinctive quality of South African Pinot Noir to the consumer and the international wine community. Pinot Noir is a demanding variety to cultivate and transform into wine, with a temperament that has earned its ‘heartbreak grape’ moniker.
The competition saw a staggering 109 entries from 64 producers with wines from the 2009 to 2020 vintages.
And the winners are:
- Creation Wines Art of Pinot Noir 2018
- Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir 2019
- La Vierge Wines Apogee Pinot Noir 2016
- Richard Kershaw Wines Elgin Clonal Selection Pinot Noir 2017
- The Brew Cru Pinot Noir 2019
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