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Five Nations Wine Challenge 2012 results

By , 26 October 2012

Results of this year’s Five Nations Wine Challenge between Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa have been announced.

There were a total of 540 wines under scrutiny – five judges involved, one from each country participating; 16 classes of wine and each judge set the task of selecting seven or eight wines from a minimum of 14 classes.

Argentina won 4 of the 16 trophies, New Zealand 4, South Africa 4, Australia 3 and Chile 1. The overall strength of the Australian entries meant it still emerged as most successful country overall.

Important results from a South African perspective:

Nation of Show

Wine of Show, Sparkling Wine Trophy
Villiera Monro Brut 2007

White of Show, Chardonnay Trophy
Xanadu Chardonnay 2010, Australia

Red Wine of Show, Pinot Noir Trophy
Akarua Pinot Noir 2010, New Zealand

Other White Varieties Trophy
KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy
Stark-Condé Three Pines 2009

Dessert (Non-Fortified)
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2010

Double golds for South Africa
De Grendel Shiraz 2010 (second place in class)
Delaire Graff Reserve White 2010 (second place in class)
Desiderius Poncrácz 2003 (second place in class)
Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2006
Haskell Aeon Syrah 2010
KWV The Mentors Chardonnay 2011
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2007
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2008
Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve NLH 2010
Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2011
Stellenrust Barrel Fermented ‘46’ 2010 (second place in class)
Tokara Chenin Blanc 2009
Uva Mira Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 (second place in class)
Vondeling Babiana 2009

Golds for South Africa
Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir 2009
Dombeya Altus 2007
Du Preez Estate Hendrik Lodewyk MCC NV
Eagles’ Nest Viognier 2010
Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2011
Saronsberg Full Circle 2010
Thelema The Mint Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

The full list of winners can be seen at Boutiquewines.com.au


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