Hollywood isn’t the only industry with an award season … Every year, as spring arrives in the Cape, the wine industry’s most notable competitions and Masters of Wine announce their annual picks for must-drink wines, and outstanding winery experiences.
While our wines have enjoyed continual success, we believe the real reward is in the enjoyment of the drinker. This year however, our wines have achieved outstanding awards– so we’re taking a moment to show our team just how proud of them we are!
“Our spirited cellar team works hard to ensure that quality craftsmanship from vine to glass is always at the forefront,” comments Director of Wine, Takuan von Arnim. “I am enormously proud of all we have achieved as a team, and look forward to what the future for our wine estate holds!”
We have recently joined the acclaimed ranks of Certified Heritage Vineyards in South Africa through the Old Vine Project! The oldest block of Chardonnay on our estate, from French Clone (Burgundy) CY 95, was planted in 1983, and makes us one of just four OVP certified Chardonnay producers in South Africa and the only Certified Old Vine Chardonnay in Franschhoek. We’re proud as punch!
With the introduction of the Haute Collection range of wines in 2019, we began to produce wines exclusively from this now 39-year-old vineyard block: the Haute Collection Chardonnay and Haute Collection Amphora Chardonnay.
World-renowned Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, released his much-anticipated 2022 annual report on the progression and quality of South African wines. Haute Cabrière is thrilled to have received over 90 points for the six wines submitted for this year’s report. These results are a testament to the skill of our cellar and vineyard teams, as well as the quality that has come to be celebrated by our South African and international community of wine-lovers.
Our recently certified Old-Vine Chardonnay wines from the Haute Collection are of particular note as the only Old-Vine Chardonnays from Franschhoek.
Haute Collection Chardonnay 2018 | 92 Points
Haute Collection Amphora Chardonnay 2020 | 94 Points
Haute Collection Pinot Noir 2020 | 93 Points
Haute Cabrière Arnim Family Réserve 2018 | 90 Points
Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Réserve 2021 | 90 Points
Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs 2017 Cap Classique | 90 Points
Terroir refers to the soil and growing conditions of the vines which result in a unique blend of characteristics. Our winemaking philosophy is founded on terroir – sun, soil, vine, man. Renowned wine writer, Marius Labuschagne, identified a gap in the competition landscape in 2002 and created Novare Terroir to celebrate and acknowledge the art of showcasing the terroirs of the Cape.
This year’s Chardonnay Report convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 80 entries from 59 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.
Our Haute Collection Chardonnay 2020 received 91 points.
For some great insights into the current landscape of red blends in South Africa, view the full report.
For 30 years Gilbert & Gaillard have been known as the French experts on wine, so we’re thrilled to share our top-performing wines in the first quarter of 2022. 2022 marked 51 years of Cap Classique production in South Africa (SA) and we are elated to announce that our Pierre Jourdan Cap Classique’s and Haute Cabriere wines were awarded Gold and Double Gold Medals in their respective categories.
Pierre Jourdan Brut NV 89/100 GOLD MEDAL
Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose NV 90/100 DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs 2017 92/100 DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Reserve 2021 88/100 GOLD MEDAL
Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Reserve 2019 90/100 DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
Haute Cabrière Armin Family Reserve 2019 90/100 DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
View more about our award winning wine here.
Platter's by Diners Club SA Wine Guide Ratings
South Africa’s best-selling wine guide, Platter Guide, has released their 2023 ratings. Since 1987 the Platter Guide has been tasting and sharing South African wines with the aim of providing all South Africans with access and information to the country’s wineries and wines.
HAUTE CABRIÈRE RANGE
Chardonnay Unwooded 2022 | 3.5 stars
Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2022 | 3.5 stars
Chardonnay Réserve 2021 | 4 stars
Pinot Noir Rosé 2022 | 3.5 stars
Pinot Noir Unwooded 2022 | 3.5 stars
Pinot Noir Réserve 2019 | 4 stars
Chardonnay 2020 | 4 stars
Amphora Chardonnay 2020 | 4.5 stars
Amphora Semillon 2021 | 4.5 stars
Pinot Noir 2020 | 4 stars
PIERRE JOURDAN RANGE
Blanc de Blancs Cap Classique 2017 | 4.5 stars
Brut Cap Classique | 4 stars
Belle Rose Cap Classique | 4 stars
Belle Nectar Cap Classique | 4 stars
Tranquille | 3.5 stars
Ratafia 2020 | 3 stars
As South Africa’s sole competition dedicated to the rosé wines, chairperson Norma Ratcliffe and a team of judges suss out South Africa’s best rosés. A trailblazer herself, Norma was also the first female to join the Winemaker’s Guild and one of the first female winemakers in South Africa.
We’re extremely proud that our Haute Cabrière Rosé 2021 received gold, Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose Cap Classique NV received gold and our Pierre Jourdan Belle Belle Necatre Cap Classique NV in 2022 proving our Rosé does in fact rock!
P.S. PLATTER WINE GUIDE 2022 TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER THIS YEAR…