NEDERBURG SUCCESSES IN 2009
Nederburg began the year with a flying start, winning three gold medals on the Berliner Wein Trophy show that drew over 3 000 entries worldwide. The three red wines to come home with gold medals on the OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin)-accredited show in Germany were all from the 2007 vintage – the Manor House Shiraz and Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the Winemaster’s Reserve Pinotage.
For the second consecutive year, Nederburg was voted the most successful producer on the highly prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, coming out ahead of Kleine Zalze, in second position and Fleur du Cap and Vergelegen in joint third place.
The winery brought home three trophies, a gold, seven silver medals and a total of 21 accolades in all. Nederburg won the Fairbairn Capital Trophy for most successful producer, the trophy for best noble late harvest dessert wine, earned by the 2007 Noble Late Harvest, and the trophy for best natural sweet wine, taken by the 2008 Private Bin Eminence. The gold was earned by the 2008 Noble Late Harvest, while the silvers went to the 2008 Ingenuity White, the 2005 Private Bin Edelkeur , the 2006 Private Bin Shiraz R121, both the 2007 and 2008 vintages of the Winemaster’s Reserve Chenin Blanc, the 2008 Winemaster’s Reserve Rhine Riesling and the 2007 Winemaster’s Reserve Shiraz.
In the same week that Nederburg emerged as the most successful producer on the 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the winery was voted top of the list in the 2009 Syrah du Monde. The highest scoring wine on the event, held in Ampuis, France, was Nederburg’s 2006 vintage of the Private Bin R121 Shiraz, made for sale exclusively on the Nederburg Auction. The wine was one of only two from South Africa on the top ten list, dominated by the French. Close on 400 wines from 27 countries were tasted with just 35 gold medals awarded.
The winery earned three silver medals on the 2009 Decanter’s World Wine Awards for its 2007 Manor House Shiraz and 2008 Manor House Chardonnay as well as for its standard tier Winemaster’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.
Nederburg was the only South African winery and also the only New World contestant to achieve a place amongst the top ten wines in the 2009 Muscats du Monde. The 2007 Private Bin Eminence, which won gold, was featured along with wines from Spain, France and Portugal. The wine went on to win a double gold at the 2009 Michelangelo Wine Awards in September.
In August Nederburg’s 2008 Winemaster’s Reserve 2008 Noble Late Harvest won both the international and the South African late harvest trophies at the 2009 International Wine Challenge in London. The same wine, that earned double gold on the Michelangelo International Wine Awards in September and gold on Veritas this year, also bagged a five-star rating in the 2010 Platter’s South African Wine Guide, as did the 2008 Ingenuity White, following on the success of the 2007 vintage of the flagship white blend which was rated five stars in the 2009 issue of the guide.
The third double-gold winner at this year’s Michelangelo Awards was the 2007 vintage of the D270 Chardonnay and Eminence. The winery also earned six gold and nine silvers on the event.
Nederburg came second at the 2009 Veritas Awards, earning two double golds and five golds. year. The double golds went to the 2007 vintages of the winery’s Private Bin R181 Merlot and Private Bin Semillon Noble Late Harvest. In addition to the 2008 Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest, other Veritas golds this year were the 2007 Private Bin R121 Shiraz, the 2008 Private Bin Eminence, and the 2008 vintages of Private Bin wines, D252 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon and the D234 Sauvignon Blanc.
Nederburg also brought home ten silver medals, including for the 2008 Ingenuity White, ranked five stars in Platter and for the 2008 Winemaster’s Reserve Special Late Harvest.
To crown the year’s achievements, Nederburg was chosen as the South African wine producer of the year at the 2009 International Wine & Spirits Competition in London, winning 11 best-in-class scores. A gold medal and top marks went to the 2007 vintage of Edelkeur. The other best-in-class wines were all awarded silver medals. They included the 2008 Foundation Chardonnay/Viognier, the 2008 Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest (that carries a Platter five-star rating and won two trophies at the 2009 International WINE Challenge); the 2007 Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon; the 2008 Manor House Sauvignon Blanc; the 2006 Ingenuity Red; the 2008 Ingenuity White (also a five-star Platter wine); and seven Nederburg Auction wines: the 2007 Eminence, the 2006 vintages of both the Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon and R172 Pinotage and the 2007 vintages of the Private Bin R121 Shiraz, R181 Merlot, R103 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz and R109 Cabernet/Merlot.
NEDERBURG SUCCESSES IN 2010
Nederburg won its first gold medal of the year at the 2010 Berliner Wein Trophy Awards for a 2009 Foundation tier Cabernet Sauvignon.
At the 2010 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London, the 2009 vintage of Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest earned a gold medal and four silvers for the 2007 and 2008 vintages of Edelkeur as well as for the 2007 and 2008 vintages of Eminence.
Nederburg won two gold and four silver awards at the 2010 Decanter’s World Wine Awards in London. The golds were for the 2006 vintage of two wines sold exclusively on the Nederburg Auction, the Private Bin R121 Shiraz and the Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon. Silvers went to the 2009 Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest, the 2007 Ingenuity Red, a blend of Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo and to both the 2007 and 2008 vintages of Nederburg’s signature dessert wine, Edelkeur, sold exclusively on the Nederburg Auction.
The winery earned two silver medals on the 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show for its 2009 Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest and for auction wine 2009 Private Bin D253, a blend of Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay.
Earning the highest ranking amongst the top ten participants at the 2010 Muscats du Monde was the 2007 Private Bin Eminence, also one of only two Grand d’Or winners. The 2009 vintage of Eminence took gold on the event and was one of only three South African gold medalists.
Nederburg emerged as the top performer in this year’s Muscats du Monde held in Frontignan-la-Peyrade in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France and involving 55 international judges. Earning the highest ranking amongst the top ten participants was the 2007 Private Bin Eminence, also one of only two Grand d’Or winners on the competition that drew over 200 specialty entries from 23 countries around the world. The 2009 vintage of Eminence took gold on the event and was one of only three South African gold medalists.
Nederburg also won the Western Cape Botrytis trophy at the 2010 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London for the 2009 vintage of its popular dessert wine, the Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest, also a gold medalist on the show. The news was followed by a slew of citations at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine Awards of South Africa, when the winery earned a Grand d’Or, six gold and ten silver medals.
This year’s Michelangelo golds went to the 2008 Winemaster’s Reserve Shiraz, as well as to a selection of wines sold exclusively on the Nederburg Auction. These were the 2008 vintage of the Eminence, the 2006 Private Bin Merlot 181, the 2007 Private Bin R109 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, the 2009 Private Bin D253 Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay and the 2007 Private Bin R104 Petit Verdot.
Of the ten silvers, eight were for Private Bin auction wines. The other two were for the 2010 vintages of the specialty Manor House Sauvignon Blanc and the popular Winemaster’s Reserve Special Late Harvest.
Nederburg’s 2009 Winemaster’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was chosen by the highly influential Wine Enthusiast for its list of Top 100 Best Wine Buys for 2010. The list will be featured in the November issue of the American magazine that claims to be the world’s largest periodical devoted exclusively to wine and spirits.
Nederburg was awarded 43 medals, including three double golds and four golds, at the 2010 Veritas Awards, claiming second place overall for the second consecutive year.
Nederburg’s wines and its potstill brandy claimed space in the limelight. Its 1977 Edelkeur, 2003 Private Bin D266 Sémillon and 2008 Private Bin Eminence won double gold medals.
Gold medals were awarded to its 2010 Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Private Bin D252 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon and its 2009 Private Bin Eminence.
Nederburg Solera Potstill Brandy was also awarded a gold medal. This year brandy was invited to join the proud Veritas tradition along with the almost 1 700 wines entered by about 300 producers.
Nederburg was chosen as the Winery of the Year in the Platter South African Wine Guide, with an unprecedented five of its wines across the multi-tiered range earning five-star ratings in the 2011 edition. The accolade, that the guide calls its “Super Award”, is given “in recognition of a winegrowing team, who in the opinion of the editor, are ambassadors par excellence for South African wine”.
In addition to its quintet of five-star wines, Nederburg also produced Platter’s best overall value and easy-drinking, “Superquaffer of the Year”, underscoring the Paarl producer’s versatility in catering to a broad spectrum of winelovers.
The five-star wines are:
- 2009 Ingenuity White, the third vintage in succession to earn a Platter five-star rating
- 2007 Ingenuity Red, Nederburg’s Italian blend
- 2009 Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest
- 2009 Edelkeur sold exclusively on the Nederburg Auction
- 2009 Private Bin D253 Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay, also sold exclusively on the Nederburg Auction.
Nederburg’s hugely popular 2010 Foundation Lyric is Platter’s “Superquaffer”.