This years’ winners of the Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards once more featured a strong Stellenbosch contingent. South Africa produces some of the best wines in the world, and the award is aimed at raising awareness to this uniquely South African grape varietal that continues to gain international popularity.
Beyers Truter, Chairman of the Pinotage Association says, “The Pinotage Association’s Vision 2025 endeavours to get all stakeholders in sync with regards to pinotage research, knowledge transfer and marketing. We want to double pinotage’s contribution to the economy in the period ending in 2025, when pinotage will be celebrating its centenary. This will be possible with the commitment from our partner Absa and their continued support to the wine industry”. He also stressed on the improved quality of pinotage and winemakers greater understanding their terroir, these being the fundamental ingredients of the success recipe.
Absa, Managing Executive Western Cape, John Tshabalala expressed that Absa is proud to be partnering with the Pinotage Association to present the 24th Top 10 Pinotage Awards. This event is a highlight on Absa’s calendar and underscores the banks’ commitment to supporting the wine industry and Pinotage pioneers. “The local wine industry is not only synonymous with South African excellence but supports thousands of jobs while making a meaningful contribution to the economy and communities”, he stated.
A nurtured relationship between Absa and the Pinotage Association has made the Absa Top 10 competition one of the sought-after South African wine accolades. The expert judging panel, Cape Wine Master and panel convenor Winnie Bowman, Tsogo Sun sommelier Georgio Meletiou, Spier cellarmaster Frans Smit, wine writer Fiona McDonald and viticulturist Solly Monyanane, a protégé judge in 2019, were all entrusted to crown the 2020 winners.
Pinotage Association chair Beyers Truter is not only delighted with the quality of the wines but also that they represent the vast Cape Winelands. The winner’s representation includes three from Stellenbosch, two from Durbanville, two from Paarl, one from Western Cape, one from Swartland, and one Worcester. Five of the Top 10 winners are from the 2018 vintage, 2019 (one), 2017 (three) and 2016 (one).
Whereas in the growing Icon Vintage Class for wines at least 10 years old – testimony to the good ageing potential of top Pinotage – the winners are from the Stellenbosch (2) and Tulbagh (1).
2020 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Winners
- Aan de Doorns Pinotage 2018 WO Worcester, Winemakers Gert van Deventer & Chris Geldenhuys
- Anura Signature Pinotage 2017 WO Simonsberg-Paarl, Winemaker Stander Maass
- Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2017 WO Stellenbosch, Winemaker Anri Truter
- Conradie Family Vineyards Pinotage 2019 WO Western Cape, Winemaker CP Conradie
- Delheim Vera Cruz Pinotage 2016 WO Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Winemaker Roelof Lotriet
- Diemersdal The Journal Pinotage 2018 WO Durbanville, Winemaker Thys Louw
- Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve Pinotage 2017 WO Durbanville, Winemaker Wilhelm Coetzee
- Kaapzicht Pinotage 2018 WO Stellenbosch, Winemaker Danie Steytler
- Pulpit Rock’s Brink Family Vineyards Pinotage 2018 WO Swartland, Winemaker Dewald Huisamen
- Windmeul’s The Legend Collection Pinotage 2018 WO Paarl, Winemaker Abraham van Heerden