Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gold for Strandveld Vineyards at 2013 Veritas Awards

Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery and home of First Sighting, has claimed a cool climate victory with a Gold Medal for its First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2012 at the highly regarded 2013 Veritas Awards.

Known for exceptional wines shaped by the unique terroir and ever present sea winds, this latest accolade adds more Veritas Gold to Strandveld’s growing tally, having won Gold last year for the Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and the Strandveld Adamastor 2010.

“The First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2012 truly is a combination of four Sauvignon Blanc vineyards captured in one bottle. I think it is this complexity, supported by a small Semillon component and notable fruit flavours that impressed the judges. It is an honour for us to have won a Gold Medal for the 2012 vintage,” says winemaker Conrad Vlok.

Composed of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon, the First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2012 shows strong tropical and citrus fruit. Full on the palate, it is a fine example of the typical Elim terroir fingerprint of minerality and buchu.

The Strandveld Vineyards Sauvignon Blancs are a clear favourite of the highly regarded UK wine critic and Master of Wine Jancis Robinson (, who had this to say on tasting an earlier vintage: “The decidedly cool Elim, near Cape Agulhas, is clearly capable of making notably fine Sauvignon Blanc.”

Visitors to Strandveld Vineyards, situated in the Elim ward near Bredasdorp, can purchase the First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2012 for R64 at the tasting room. It is available at fine boutique wine stores and wine merchants nationwide. Open for wine tastings in the historic tasting room and offering the experience to extend your stay in one of the welcoming guest cottages, Strandveld Vineyards, home of First Sighting can be reached at Tel: +27 (0)28 482 1906 or via email at Visit, Facebook or follow @Strandveld on Twitter. The GPS coordinates are 34 ° 39 ' 592 " S; 19 ° 47 ' 268 " E.