2013 Paarl Shiraz Chenin Challenge winners announced at gala event
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The 2013 Paarl Shiraz Chenin Challenge has finally drawn to a close, and winners, along with the Paarl finalists in the Cellar Worker of the Year competition, were announced at a gala dinner held at the Grande Roche on Wednesday evening, 28 August 2013.

The 2013 Paarl Shiraz Chenin Challenge has finally drawn to a close, and winners, along with the Paarl finalists in the Cellar Worker of the Year competition, were announced at a gala dinner held at the Grande Roche on Wednesday evening, 28 August 2013.

Three categories, one tasting panel and nine judges, all experienced tasters and well versed with the different varietals, was chaired by Ken Forrester (Chenin) and Nico Vermeulen (Shiraz).  Respected winemakers Dewaldt Heyns, Richard Rowe and Jacque Borman, wine writers, Neil Pendock and Norman McFarlane as well as sommeliers Neil Grant and Josephine Gutentoft were in attendance, making up the balance of the tasting panel.

The trophy for best Chenin Blanc went to the Slent Farms Ayama Chenin Blanc 2012, whilst the Windmeul Chenin Blanc Reserve 2012 and Perdeberg Saam Chenin Blanc 2013 secured the positions of first and second runner up respectively.  In the shiraz division Perderberg Winery was nominated the winner with their The Dryland Collection Shiraz 2011, and the Under Oaks Shiraz Reserve 2010 coming in as first runner up.  Rhebokskloof Shiraz 2010 took the title as second runner up.

This year the rules were changed slightly in that only wine of origin Paarl could be entered in the Shiraz and Chenin categories, with a third category, the Winemakers Selection coming to fruition.  This category was not limited to wine of origin Paarl but had to be made in a cellar within the boundaries of Paarl.

Winner of this category was the Mt Vernon Three Peaks Cantata 2011.  Hot on the heels of the winning wine was Slent Farms Ayama Merlot 2012 and the Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2010.

Also announced were the regional finalists of the Cellar Worker of the Year - Albie van der Westhuizen (winner), Juan-Pierre Smit and Carolus Leibrandt all from the KWV cellar, who will represent Paarl in the upcoming national competition.

Complete results for each WINE judging category were as follows :

TOP TEN CHENIN BLANCS

Boland Cellar Chenin Blanc Reserve No1 2012
Fairview Wines La Capra Chenin Blanc 2013
Landskroon Wines Chenin Blanc Dry 2013
Perdeberg Chenin Blanc Reserve 2012
Perdeberg Winery Saam Chenin Blanc 2013
Rhebokskloof Estate Pearlstone Bostok Chenin Blanc 2013
Slent Farms (Pty) Ltd Ayama Chenin Blanc 2012
Under Oaks Chenin Blanc 2013
Windmeul Kelder Chenin Blanc 2013
Windmeul Kelder Chenin Blanc Reserve 2012

TOP TEN SHIRAZ

Perdeberg Winery The Dryland Collection Shiraz 2011
Under Oaks Shiraz Reserve 2010
Rhebokskloof Shiraz 2010
Fairview Wines Beacon Shiraz 2010
Boland Cellar Shiraz Reserve No. 1 2011
Rhebokskloof Black Marble Hill Syrah 2011
Windmeul Kelder Shiraz 2011
Fairview Wines Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2011
Vrede & Lust Syrah 2010
Windmeul Kelder Shiraz Reserve  2010

WINEMAKERS SELECTION

Mt Vernon Three Peaks Cantata 2011
Slent Farms (Pty) Ltd Ayama Merlot 2012
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2010
Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Fairview Wines Cyril Back Shiraz 2009
Rhebokskloof Mouvedre Grenache Shiraz 2010
Under Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010
Vrede & Lust Vrede & Lust Boet Erasmus 2009
Windmeul Kelder Cape Blend 2012
Simonsvlei International Herculus Paragon SMCV 2010

Paarl Vintners
Annelize Stroebel
Tel: 021 863 4886
Email: info@paarlwine.co.za
 
Image caption: Regional Finalists of the Cellar Worker of the Year  :  Juan-Pierre Smit, Albie van der Westhuizen (Winner) and Carolus Leibrandt all from KWV

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