Thursday, November 15, 2012

2012 Nedbank Green Wine Awards

Some of the highlights of judging at this year's competition include seeing how well the organic wines performed (see my previous post organic trend ), the increase in the number of entries (190) and the introduction of the WWF Biodiversity and Wine Initiative wine category.

Reyneke Wines scooped top honours (again) in the organic category, with its Reyneke Reserve Red 2009 winning awards for Best Wine Overall and Best Red. Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2012 won Best Wine Overall in the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative Category.

The full results:
 
Wines made from Organically Grown Grapes

Best Wine Overall: Reyneke Reserve Red 2009
Best Red: Reyneke Reserve Red 2009
Best White: Reyneke Chenin Blanc 2011
Best Value: Stellar Winery Live-a-Little Really Ravishing Red N/V
Bloggers’ Choice: Green Shebeen Cabernet Sauvignon 2010







Best Biodiversity and Wine Initiative Wines
Best Wine Overall: Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2012
Best Red: Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2011
Best White: Gabrielskloof Magdalena 2010
Best Value: Wedderwill 12ÂșC 2010
Bloggers’ Choice: Gabrielskloof Magdalena 2010

Best Conservation and Environmental Good Practice Awards
Innovative Leader in Conservation and Environmental Good Practice Award overall winner: Spier
Runners-up: La Motte, Cloof/Burgherspost and Waverley Hills (tied)
Best Contribution to Water Management: Waverley Hills
Best Contribution to Energy Efficiency: Bartinney
Best Contribution to Cape Winelands Eco-Tourism and Conservation: Cloof/Burgherspost
Best Contribution to Environmental Initiatives and Awareness Programmes: Spier 



Aside from the wines, the Best Conservation and Environmental Good Practices category remains a key part of the competition and continues to promote sustainable farming and conservation of the Cape winelands. A minimum condition of entry is an Integrated Production of Wine rating of 70%, with entrants also required to write a letter of motivation outlining the aims, methods, achievements and goals of their site-specific management plan.

This year saw a record number of entries (a total of 16) that were screened by Inge Kotze (project coordinator at WWF-SA), with the top farms judged by a panel of experts who conducted in-depth site inspections. It was encouraging to see just how many producers are doing their bit to reduce their impact on the environment by using creative, novel conservation programmes, with Spier winning the overall award, Innovative Leader in Conservation and Environmental Good Practice. Other producers were honoured for excelling in specific areas such as water management, energy conservation and eco-tourism.


Johan Reyneke, Frans Smit, Paul Cluver


see also the Nedbank Green Awards Website here

Jonathan Snashall


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