Press Release – Absa Vintage Pinotage Awards of Excellence, 2024.

Absa Vintage Pinotage Awards of Excellence 2024: Showcasing the Aging Potential of South African Pinotage

Stellenbosch, 12 June 2024, – The prestigious Absa Vintage Awards, hosted by the Pinotage Association, has once again shone a spotlight on the unique aging potential of Pinotage wines. This competition stands out as the only one in South Africa dedicated exclusively to this varietal, offering an unparalleled platform for showcasing the excellence of aged Pinotage wines.

A Unique Celebration of Pinotage

What makes the Absa Vintage Awards distinct are several key factors. Firstly, Pinotage is the sole varietal featured, ensuring a focused celebration of this iconic South African grape. It is also the only competition in the country dedicated to highlighting the aging potential of Pinotage. Moreover, this competition is judged exclusively by the esteemed Cape Wine Masters, adding a layer of prestige and expertise to the evaluation process.

The 2024 competition saw an impressive entry of over 38 exceptional wines, reflecting the growing enthusiasm among producers to showcase their aged Pinotage. The judges faced a challenging task in assessing the remarkable quality of these wines, each presenting unique characteristics and exceptional aging potential.

Bennie Howard, Cape Wine Master and Panel Chair, remarked on the exceptional quality of entries: "This year's competition has reinforced the position of Pinotage as a symbol of South African viticulture. The wines showcased a remarkable range of styles, reflecting both the heritage and innovation within the industry."

Vintage Highlights

The judges provided insightful comments on the various vintages entered:

  • 2014 Vintage: Showcased good expressive fruit, diverse styles, and overall excellent quality. Wines were fresh, youthful, with deep dark colours and good integration of wood, displaying excellent use of oak. These wines have further aging potential, up to another 10 years.
  • 2013 Vintage: Displayed lovely fresh and youthful wines with elegance, balance, and persistent quality.
  • 2012 Vintage: Excited the judges with high quality, consistent, and extraordinarily fresh wines. Very attractive with lots of potential for further aging.
  • 2011 Vintage: Presented more mellow wines with mature tannins, seamless balance, and excellent fruit.
  • 2010 Vintage: Showed powerful and bold wines with great structure, freshness, and youthfulness.
  • 2009 Vintage: An outstanding vintage with opulent wines, optimal ripeness, lovely fruit, and harmonious balance, still showing maturing potential.
  • 2008 Vintage: Exhibited bright ruby colours, excellent structure, great length, complexity, and elegance.
  • 2001 Vintage: Dark ruby, mellow, generous, and bold. Youthfulness impresses, attractive, smooth, and delicious.
  • 1997 Vintage: Youthful, complex, balanced, and elegant wines, soft and smooth, a classy vintage.

Award-Winning Wines

The winning wines of the Absa Vintage Awards 2024 are a testament to the exceptional quality and aging potential of South African Pinotage. The detailed results and accolades was officially announced at the awards ceremony held at Vergenoegd Low Wine Estate.

“This is a showcase of truly fine wines. The wines presented speak for themselves and are exceptional. The judges, all Cape Wine Masters, are experts in judging older wines. They have provided a comprehensive evaluation of this category, ensuring it continues to be a respected benchmark of quality in the industry,” Beyers Truter, Chairman of the Pinotage Association.

The wines receiving 90 plus points from the judging panel are :

Producer NameVintageDescriptionWO
Beeslaar Wines2013Beeslaar PinotageStellenbosch
Beeslaar Wines2012Beeslaar PinotageStellenbosch
Bellingham2010Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine PinotageCoastal
Beyerskloof Wines2014Beyerskloof Diesel PinotageStellenbosch
Beyerskloof Wines2012Beyerskloof Diesel PinotageStellenbosch
Beyerskloof Wines2010Beyerskloof Diesel PinotageStellenbosch
Beyerskloof Wines2013Beyerskloof PinotageWestern Cape
Beyerskloof Wines2011Beyerskloof PinotageWestern Cape
Beyerskloof Wines2011Beyerskloof Pinotage ReserveStellenbosch
Beyerskloof Wines2001Beyerskloof Pinotage ReserveStellenbosch
Darling Cellars2012Darling Cellars Premium PinotageDarling
Fairview2009Fairview Primo PinotageCoastal
Flagstone Winery2008Flagstone Writer's Block PinotageBreedekloof
Grangehurst Winery2009Grangehurst Pinotage 350 Celebration VintageStellenbosch
Grangehurst Winery2007Grangehurst PinotageStellenbosch
Grangehurst Winery2001Grangehurst PinotageStellenbosch
Grangehurst Winery1997Grangehurst PinotageStellenbosch
Groot Constantia Wine Estate2013Groot Constantia PinotageConstantia
Kanonkop Wine Estate2014Kanonkop PinotageSimonsberg/Stellenbosch
Môreson2008Môreson PinotageCoastal
Neil Ellis Wines2012Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection PinotageJonkershoekvallei
Rijk's Cellar2014Rijk's Reserve PinotageTulbagh
Simonsig Wines2014Simonsig Redhill PinotageStellenbosch
Vondeling Wines2014Bowwood PinotageVoor Paardeberg
Wildekrans Wine Estate2011Wildekrans PinotageBotrivier
Windmeul Kelder2012Windmeul Reserve PinotagePaarl

About the Absa Vintage Awards

The Absa Vintage Awards is an annual wine competition that celebrates the aging potential of Pinotage, South Africa’s signature grape variety. Judged exclusively by Cape Wine Masters, the competition ensures the highest standards of evaluation and recognition.  Wines entered must be 10 years and older.

Absa is a proud sponsor and partner of the Pinotage Association for the past 27 years because of the visionaries, winemakers and cellar masters that stories matter to the advancement of the Agriculture sector, say Abrie Rautenbach Executive Agribusiness.

For further information, interviews, or high-resolution images, please contact: Belinda Jacobs | brand@pinotage.co.za | 0798799705 | pinotage.co.za

Press Release – Absa Vintage Pinotage Awards of Excellence, 2024.

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