KWV Victory at Paarl Young Wine Show 2012
23 August 2012 by KWV
KWV reinforced its reputation as a leading South African producer of world-class wines last week when it was named Paarl champion in no less than seven at the Paarl Young Wine Show Awards.
In the days leading up to the national awards function in Stellenbosch on Thursday, KWV wines repeated their outstanding performance of last year by again scoring the highest among producers in the Paarl Young Wine Show. This is the third time in four years that KWV has won this prestigious accolade.
"Our wines performed very well, reinforcing 2012 as a particularly good year," said KWV chief winemaker Richard Rowe. "We performed very well across varieties, and we’re particularly pleased to have won the best Paarl Producer Trophy again."
A highlight for the KWV team was the achievements of its 2012 Pineau de Laborie - a ruby-styled wine that won the Regional Champion Trophy for the Best Non-Muscat Fortified, a title KWV also won last year. By the very nature of the competition, very few of the wine entries are for sale or in their final form, such as the 2012 Pineau de Laborie, at the time of being judged.
"The success with our fortified wines is especially encouraging in the light of our decision in 2011 to bring fortified winemaking in-house," said Richard Rowe.
Alongside the regional trophy for its fortified wine, KWV also claimed the Champion Trophies for Best Dry White Table Wine, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage – awards it received in the previous year too. In addition to seven trophies, KWV collected five gold, 17 silver and 17 bronze awards.
The Paarl Young Wine Show forms part of the SA National Young Wine, which consists of eight participating regions, with Paarl being one of them. Each region has their own awards ceremony, followed by the National Championships. The aim of the competition is to judge the quality of wines within the year of production before they are finally blended and bottled. In this way, the industry can give recognition to the production capabilities of a wine cellar.
The roots of the SA National Young Wine Show date back to 1833. Entries are adjudicated by specialist panels of judges drawn from winemakers or wine experts with a formal qualification and specialist knowledge of specific wine styles.
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